Some quick notes from coach Paul Johnson’s Monday news conference in advance of Georgia Tech’s season opener Thursday against Western Carolina.
1. Johnson said A-back Roddy Jones is doubtful (undisclosed injury). Jones has appeared and started in all but one game in his Georgia Tech career. Johnson said he was “dinged up.” Embry Peeples would start in Jones’ place. Backup A-back Marcus Wright is also on the injured list.
2. B-back David Sims will start. The depth chart lists Preston Lyons and Charles Perkins as No. 2. After saying last week that Perkins was not working hard enough in practice, he and Johnson met. “I think we’re on the same page,” Johnson said.
3. True freshman guard Trey Braun will not start, after all. Coaches considered different combinations, but decided to keep Will Jackson at guard and make Braun the No. 3 guard. Either Catlin Alford or Ray Beno will start at left tackle in place of Phil Smith, who is suspended for two games. Braun will play, as will fellow true freshman Shaq Mason. Coaches had tried Jackson at left tackle with Braun at left guard. The Beno/Alford decision likely won’t be made until Tuesday. Johnson said the team will use several different combinations Thursday.
4. Wide receiver Tyler Melton will start. True freshman Jeff Greene will be the No. 3 and will play. Johnson indicated Melton’s senior standing was a factor in the decision.
5. Johnson said of the 64 players going to the team hotel Wednesday night, about 20 are either true or redshirt freshmen.
6. True freshman Zach Laskey will return punts. Johnson said he caught the ball naturally, which was the first priority, and has shown some ability as a returner. He’ll also play on other special teams units.
7. Justin Moore has won the placekicking and kickoff jobs over David Scully. Sean Poole will punt, with Chandler Anderson backing him up.
QB Tevin Washington Synjyn Days
BB David Sims Preston Lyons or Charles Perkins
AB Orwin Smith Robert Godhigh
AB Embry Peeples Tony Zenon
WR Tyler Melton Jeff Greene
WR Stephen Hill Daniel McKayhan
LT Catlin Alford or Ray Beno
LG Will Jackson Shaquille Mason
C Jay Finch Nick McRae
RG Omoregie Uzzi Trey Braun
RT Tyler Kidney Errin Joe
DE Jason Peters Emmanuel Dieke
DT Logan Walls T.J. Barnes
DE Izaan Cross Euclid Cummings
OLB Jeremiah Attaochu Malcolm Munroe
ILB Julian Burnett Quayshawn Nealy
ILB Daniel Drummond B.J. Machen
OLB Steven Sylvester Brandon Watts
LCB Rod Sweeting Jamal Golden
LS Isaiah Johnson Lance Richardson
RS Rashaad Reid Jemea Thomas
RCB Louis Young Michael Peterson
K Justin Moore David Scully
KO Justin Moore
P Sean Poole Chandler Anderson
LS Tyler Morgan Sean Tobin
H Chandler Anderson
KR Orwin Smith Stephen Hill
PR Zach Laskey Tony Zenon