I just don’t know what anyone could have expected today. Here’s a kid, Shawn Petty–a linebacker–true a QB in high school but never recruited to play college QB. Incredible that he threw 2 TDs to Stefon who probably deserves Rookie of the Week for the 5th time.
In what I hope turns out to be a minor injury, Wes Brown left the game at the end of the first half with an ankle injury.
It was somewhat disappointing that Tech rushed for 370 yards against the #7 defense in the country. Tech has no passing game, infact Petty was more impressive throwing the ball. That’s why Tech is contemplating dumping Paul Johnson.
By the way Tom O’Brien and NC State were humiliated by UVA 33-6. I am sure he is hearing footsteps again.
Quotes from the new QB1 Shawn Petty
On learning terminology:
“I have picked up on most of it. Coach has been doing a good job of making sure I’ve got it down for the game.”
On what was most difficult:
“You just have to get used to the speed of the game. That’s the biggest difference. Playing my first college game when I was playing linebacker before this, the speed of the game was much faster so it took me a while to get up to speed.”
On what was different in the second half:
“I started feeling more comfortable in the second half. In the first half I was a bit antsy and the speed of the game was much faster then. I calmed down and played faster and let the game come to me.”
On his reaction when being told he’d start at quarterback:
“I was just ready to play. We play next man up so I had to be prepared to come today. Of course I can always do better and I plan on getting better. We are going to get better from here.”
On being a quarterback again:
“I always thought that I could play at the D1 level. Now I have my chance and I have to go prove it.”
On what he’ll work on moving forward:
“I need to make sure I slow down and make my reads.”
On being on the field with Stefon Diggs:
“He makes it a lot easier. You give him the ball and he makes you look good. He’s a big play-maker so you want the ball in his hands a lot.”
More to add as the night goes on.