Depth-chart analysis: Offensive line


With Georgia Tech’s spring practice beginning Monday, we’ll take a look at each position group and how the depth stacks up for the Yellow Jackets. Players will be rated as starting, competing or depth.

Tech’s offensive line loses center Freddie Burden, but has a solid nucleus in its rising sophomores. With nine scholarship players available this spring, walk-ons should figure to get plenty of practice time.

Parker Braun: Starting

Athletic and hardworking, Braun has a chance to be earn All-ACC honors at guard. After playing as a freshman, improving strength is a priority.

Will Bryan: Starting

He has started 17 games in his first two seasons, including 11 at both guard spots last season, a remarkable accumulation of snaps. The experience figures to start paying off.

Kenny Cooper: Starting

With three-year starter Freddie Burden graduated, Cooper is the prime candidate to become the Jackets’ new center.

Shamire Devine: Competing

A guard blessed with size and quickness, Devine will continue to face the challenge of being properly conditioned to play extended snaps.

Jahaziel Lee: Competing

Despite not having played offensive line in high school, he played a significant number of snaps at tackle. He just needs to gain experience.

Andrew Marshall: Competing

He’s a physical and versatile tackle whose importance increased with Eason Fromayan and Trey Klock after the season leaving with a season of eligibility remaining.

Brad Morgan: Competing

Strong technically, he played on special teams this past season and will try to get into the guard rotation in the spring before the incoming freshman class arrives.

Jake Stickler: Competing

He mainly played on the field-goal/extra-point team and, with light numbers on the line in the spring, has a chance to develop at tackle.

Scott Morgan: Depth

He didn’t play as a redshirt freshman, but will compete to be the backup center behind Kenny Cooper.

Incoming freshmen: Charlie Clark, Connor Hansen, Zach Quinney, Boe Tufele.

Coming Friday: Defensive line, linebackers and defensive backs



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Miami RB Mark Walton, CB Dee Delaney go down with injuries in 2nd quarter

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Things have gone from bad to worse for Miami at Hard Rock Stadium. Just moments before Toledo scored its first touchdown of the game to take a lead in Miami Gardens, Mark Walton limped off the field with an ankle injury and made his way to the locker before halftime. Immediately after the Rockets...
What Dave Doeren said after N.C. State upset Florida State

N.C. State picked up a huge victory, upsetting the Florida State Seminoles, 27-21, on Saturday. With the victory, the Wolfpack are off to a great start at 3-1, including 1-0 in the ACC. Quarterback Ryan Finley had another strong day, going 22 of 32 for 230 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Finley has 8 touchdowns and zero interceptions...
Inconsistent preparation contributes to sluggish game from Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee seemed sluggish at times in its 17-13 victory over UMass Saturday. A lack of proper preparation throughout the week caused at least some of the problems according to coach Butch Jones after the game. “Everything is about your preparation,” Jones said. “In today’s world, it&rsquo...
Dallas Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie will not play against Cardinals

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Chidobe Awuzie’s rookie season has come to halt for at least one week. Awuzie has been ruled out of the Cowboys’ Monday Night Football matchup against the Arizona Cardinals with a hamstring injury, according to DallasCowboys.com’s David Helman. That leaves the Cowboys down two cornerbacks...
Baker Mayfield talks trash with Baylor players during pregame warmups

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is not one to keep his mouth shut, and Saturday during pregame warmups was no different. Tempers flared between Oklahoma and Baylor ahead of both teams’ Big 12 opener. SoonerScoop.com’s Eddie Radosevich captured it all, posting a short clip of Mayfield jawing at the Baylor players. &ldquo...
More Stories