Georgia Tech's Tevin Washington must prove himself

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Tevin Washington will go into spring practice as Georgia Tech’s starting quarterback, coach Paul Johnson said Friday, but the senior-to-be must prove he’s still the best choice to run the triple-option.

Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington (left) needs to prove in spring practice that he's the best choice to run the offense.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington (left) needs to prove in spring practice that he's the best choice to run the offense.

Washington started the final four games in 2010 after Josh Nesbitt was injured and took over the starting job last season. He had some impressive games, leading the team in rushing with 986 yards and 14 touchdowns, in addition to throwing for 1,652 yards with 11 TDs and eight interceptions.

Synjyn Days, who will be a sophomore next season, got into six games and showed flashes of his potential.

“I don’t know if it’s an open competition,” Johnson said. “We’ve got a kid coming back as a two-year starter. They’ve got to beat him out. Do I think it’s impossible to beat him out? No. But I’m not going to say it’s wide open. The kid has started for two years. I think he’s earned that right.”

AUBURN: Harvey Updyke, the Alabama fan who is accused of poisoning the famous oak trees at Toomer’s Corner at Auburn University, turned down a plea offer from prosecutors, ESPN.com reported.

The plea offer would have required Updyke to spend 13 years in prison and never attend a Crimson Tide sporting event for the rest of his life.

Updyke, a former Texas state trooper, turned down the plea offer earlier this month and is scheduled to begin trial at Lee County (Ala.) Circuit Court on March 5.

PENN STATE: Will pay out a total of roughly $4.4 million in severance to more than a half-dozen assistants who weren’t retained by new head coach Bill O’Brien.

Acting Athletic Director David Joyner said Friday the status of the assistant coaches who aren’t coming back from former coach Joe Paterno’s staff hasn’t been finalized. Some may choose to retire, others could seek different jobs at Penn State or move on.

Joyner said the payout will contribute to a projected net budget loss of $5 million for the upcoming year.

BOISE STATE: Coach Chris Petersen has named former Montana and Idaho assistant Jonathan Smith as the Broncos new quarterbacks coach. Smith has spent the past two seasons as offensive coordinator at Montana.

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