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Yellow Jackets thrive on T-Day

Photo: Josh Martindale. Anthony Allen (18) is brought down by Mario Edwards during Georgia Tech's spring football game on Saturday in Atlanta.

Photo: Josh Martindale. Anthony Allen (18) is brought down by Mario Edwards during Georgia Tech's spring football game on Saturday in Atlanta.

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech's annual T-Day spring scrimmage featured many different looks Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

No, coach Paul Johnson didn't tinker much with his spread option offense.

But he did get a chance to see a few players thrive.

Some familiar faces in new places -- former A-back Anthony Allen at B-back.

Some familiar faces with more repetitions at the same places -- sophomore receiver Stephen Hill.

And some new faces -- quarterbacks Tevin Washington and David Sims.

"I don't ever get too excited in a spring game because you're playing each other," Johnson said. "I usually ask those guys every day at the end, 'Who won?' When I first got here, they might say 'offense' or 'defense.' Now they know. They say, 'Georgia Tech.'

"In fact, I got them in the locker room and asked them who won. They said 'Georgia Tech.' I said, 'No. Nobody got hurt. That's who won.'"

For the purposes of Saturday's scrimmage, the White team defeated the Gold team 27-7 in a game shortened to one half due to thunderstorms that moved in right before halftime.

But more important was the progress Johnson saw, especially with several key positions to fill after starters from last year were taken in this week's NFL draft and injuries that have hampered other returning starters.

Moving to B-back to step in for former ACC Offensive Player of the Year Jonathan Dwyer, Allen had a strong day Saturday. He ran for 91 yards on 15 carries, including a 40-yard burst up the middle to set up the White team's first touchdown.

It was a bit of an adjustment for Allen, who played primarily A-back alongside Dwyer last season.

"I'm a lot more comfortable (at B-back)," Allen said. "It took me a few weeks (of spring practice) to get used to getting hit ... every play. But now, ... I've got my body ready for it. It's a mental thing. It's been a real transition."

Hill also showed he may be capable of stepping in for recent first-round selection Demaryius Thomas. He hauled in three passes for 105 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown pass from Tevin Washington and a 33-yard reception in which he stole a potential interception away from cornerback Dominique Reese to set up another score.

"The biggest thing is just getting better," Hill said. "Seeing Bay Bay (Thomas) go in the draft really boosted my confidence. ... I want to be better than him, and he actually tells me to be better than him."

It was also a good day for Washington, who not only completed 6 of 7 passes for 122 yards and the touchdown to Hill, but also ran for 35 yards and three scores on 10 carries getting reps with the first team while two-year starter Joshua Nesbitt recovers from offseason ankle surgery.

Sims, one of two redshirt freshmen to play for the Gold team along with Jordan Luallen, also had a good day, with most of his production coming on the ground.

Sims led the Gold team with 34 yards on five carries.

And what of Tech's new 3-4 defensive alignment under new defensive coordinator Al Groh?

Despite all the points from the first-team offense, the first-team defense also had its moments for the Gold team, including five tackles from outside linebacker Anthony Barnes and four more from Izaan Cross, one of several defensive ends trying to fill the shoes of first-round draft pick Derrick Morgan.

Slim pickings for Perkins

For those who believe in karma, a good sign for early enrollee freshman running back Charles Perkins may be his uniform No. 21.

The last two Yellow Jackets to wear that number have wound up being selected in the NFL draft -- Calvin Johnson with the second pick of the first round to the Detroit Lions in 2006 and Dwyer in the sixth round of this year's draft Saturday to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

However, given his youth and a deep corps of backs currently at Tech, it looks like the Collins Hill grad will have be patient until his opportunity comes.

Perkins saw the field only for a handful of plays at A-back in Saturday's scrimmage and ran the ball just once for no gain.

Krish comes back

One Gwinnett grad who saw plenty of action Saturday was Zach Krish.

After earning a scholarship following two walk-on seasons last fall, it appeared the South Gwinnett grad's career would end after last season, since he is scheduled to graduate with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering next month.

But instead of applying for law school as he first planned, Krish has enrolled in graduate classes at Tech and will use his final year of eligibility this season.

"I guess it was earlier this semester in January. That's when I started thinking about it," Krish said of his decision. "I had one more year, and I decided I wanted to play."

And there is a good chance he will see the field more this fall.

He worked with the first-team offense at tackle to help fill in for some injured players, though he could see action at either tackle or guard.

"I was at tackle (in the spring) because we had some injuries and some (class) scheduling problems," the 6-foot-5, 279-pound rising senior said. "But I think I'm going to move back inside (to the guard spot) in the fall. I was happy to get in at tackle just to kind of learn more of it."