Georgia Tech B-back Anthony Allen was held out of Wednesday’s practice as a precautionary measure after he sustained a hit to the head, coach Paul Johnson said.
Allen is thought to be the Yellow Jackets’ starting B-back this season. As an A-back last season, he rushed for 618 yards on a 9.7-yards-per-carry average. Tech hasn’t released a depth chart and Johnson said they won’t until next week.
As a featured back for Louisville in 2006 and 2007, Allen rushed for more than 1,000 yards in the two seasons.
Should Allen not return until next week, Tech is still very deep at B-back. Johnson said on Tuesday that it was the deepest position on the team.
Behind Allen are Lucas Cox, who impressed during the spring, Preston Lyons, who was the No. 2 B-back behind Jonathan Dwyer last season, and Richard Watson, whom coaches have said is doing good things in August.
“Depth is always a good thing to have,” said Lyons, who rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown last season. “When you have that many guys there it makes you compete and play good everyday.”
Johnson said that Jerrard Tarrant will return punts, but that the coaching staff hasn’t decided who will return kicks yet. He said freshman B.J. Bostic is in the mix. Orwin Smith returned kicks as a freshman last season, averaging 24 yards per attempt. … S.C. State’s starting offensive line averages 304 pounds. Tech’s projected defensive line averages 283 pounds. … Lyons switched his jersey number from 46 to 27 this season because he said he’s never had a number in the 20s. … This year’s white-out game, in which all who attend are encouraged to wear white, is scheduled for N.C. State on Sept. 25.