Incoming freshman quarterback Jordan Luallen has a ton of talent and big aspirations for his career as a Yellow Jacket. Luallen will be hitting the Georgia Tech campus on June 16 to start classes, but he is already figuring out what he needs to do to get on the field in 2009.
Luallen would like to challenge for the third quarterback position where redshirt freshman Tevin Washington enters camp as the favorite. Another talented freshman David Sims also will be a factor in the competition, but Luallen plans on giving the coaching staff everything he has in fall camp to push Josh Nesbitt and Jaybo Shaw for some playing time in the fall.
“I would love to compete right way,” Luallen said. “I want to learn from Jaybo and Josh and I am not going to phone anything in and plan on a redshirt. If Coach Paul Johnson wants me to redshirt I will, but I am going to push people and compete. I’d like to get playing time right away and I am not going to sit down and settle for a redshirt.”
Because Luallen decided early to commit the wait to get into school and onto the Georgia Tech practice fields has been especially long.
“I have been anticipating the moment of finally putting on the pads since this time last year at this time,” he said. “I am really excited to get to know the guys and I have been building relationships with my fellow incoming freshmen, but I am really looking forward to getting to know the older players.”
Before signing day, Luallen reached out to other players from the 2009 Georgia Tech signing class and made a point to get to know all of the players especially the offensive guys who will be spending a lot of time with in the fall.
“I got to know Will Jackson, Jay Finch, Raymond Beno, Stephen Hill, Roderick Sweeting, Emanuel Dieke and the others throughout the recruiting process and we have been building our relationships and talked a lot over the spring,” he said.
Physically Luallen says he is ready to play, but would like to tone his body for the grind of the season without losing any weight.
“Right now I am at 210 pounds and that is a good weight for me,” he said. “I would like to get a little leaner, but maintain the same overall weight. I want to get a little more muscular. I am looking forward to getting into Coach Eric Ciano’s weight program. I think I need to play around 210 pounds because I want to keep my speed.”
Overall, Luallen is exhilarated to be a member of the Georgia Tech football team and is looking forward to the whole college experience.
“I am very excited and looking forward to being a Yellow Jacket and hanging with the guys getting used to going to class and the other college stuff,” he said. “I am still figuring out a major but it will probably be economics or science, technology, and culture.”
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