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