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1. There will be no dipping Jabari Hunt-Days’ toe into the water. The Georgia Tech inside linebacker is getting tossed into the lake.
Ready or not, redshirt freshman will be starting in his first career game, beneath the lights of Lane Stadium at Virginia Tech in two Mondays. Hunt-Days will be subbing for Daniel Drummond, who has been suspended for 1 ½ games.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Hunt-Days, the younger brother of quarterback Synjyn Days. “But ultimately, it’s just a team effort. That’s my thoughts.”
Tech has six more practices this week, Monday through Saturday, to try to prep Hunt-Days as much as possible.
“He’s doing real good,” said inside linebacker Quayshawn Nealy, who will be playing alongside Hunt-Days. “I think he’s going to be ready for VT.”
He will be the first redshirt freshman to start in the season opener since guard Will Jackson in the 2010 opener. He is the first defensive freshman to start the opener since linebacker Kyle Jackson in 2008. The last true freshman to start in an opener was wide receiver Tyler Melton, also in 2008.
“He’s still making progress,” inside linebackers coach Joe Speed said. “We’re trying to get him where he needs to be come Sept. 3.”
2. Safety Fred Holton is also expected to make his first career start. Holton has been held out of practice and did not participate in Friday’s scrimmage, but is expected to play. For Holton, it will be his first game since the 2010 season after he missed the 2011 season with a torn Achilles.
Holton has received widespread praise from teammates for his powerful tackling and his improvement in playing pass defense. That said, secondary coach Charles Kelly acknowledges he’s going to make mistakes his first time out.
“All I know is this,” Kelly said. “If you will play hard, physical football and get to the football, good things are going to happen to you eventually.”
3. Tech’s two true freshman offensive linemen, Freddie Burden and Chase Roberts, are likely redshirts. Since offensive line is one of the deepest, if not the deepest, position group, there isn’t much pressure to play either. Burden has worked at center, Roberts at tackle.
“I absolutely like ’em both,” offensive line coach Mike Sewak said. “They were good gets in recruiting and they were what we were looking for as athletes and mentally, too. They’re very smart.”
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