1. Georgia Tech safety Fred Holton and offensive tackle Morgan Bailey were held out of practice again with injuries, but that was about all coach Paul Johnson would offer on the topic in advance of the Monday opener against Virginia Tech.
Asked about a replacement for Holton, Johnson said, “We’ll let you know [Friday],” when the team will release its depth chart for Monday’s game.
Whether or not Holton plays, defensive back Jamal Golden should see considerable playing time with cornerback Louis Young out because of a suspension. Golden, who mostly played special teams last season as a freshman, has been working at various positions in the secondary.
Coaches “haven’t really told me anything” about playing time or role, Golden said. “I’ve just been repping a number of spots, so I’m just trying to stay confident and learn the defense as best I can and just go into the game ready in case I get in it.”
2. Players wore the new helmets – white with adjoining hexagons outlined in gold, suggesting a yellow jacket nest – Thursday at practice. When safety Isaiah Johnson saw the helmet for the first time, he said his reaction was “About time. About time to switch it up, do something new. We don’t know our jersey situation, but (it’s good) just to change it up.”
“I think it’s pretty nice,” Golden said. “It’s just something new.”
Golden said he had no idea if the Jackets will wear them against the Hokies.
“I would like to, but [my opinion] is not going to make a difference,” he said.
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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat