ATLANTA -- If the season began this week, true freshman KeShun Freeman would start at defensive end for Georgia Tech.
Freeman, a 6-foot-1, 234-pound lineman from Hogansville, was expected to compete for playing time coming out of high school. But he graduated early from Callaway and enrolled at Georgia Tech in January. He was able to go through spring practice with the Yellow Jackets and get a head start.
“KeShun Freeman, we were excited about in the spring,” head coach Paul Johnson said.
The updated depth chart released Monday will continue to change. It only includes players who are eligible and expected to be available for the Aug. 30 opener against Wofford.
Listed No. 1 at the other defensive end spot is sophomore Tyler Stargel with true freshman Tyler Merriweather as his backup. Sophomore Roderick Rook-Chungong will back up Freeman.
“We’ll sort it out as we go through,” Johnson said.
The depth chart also had Adam Gotsis and Shawn Green at tackle, Tyler Marcordes, Quayshawn Nealy and Paul Davis at linebacker, with Chris Milton, Isaiah Johnson, Demond Smith, Jamal Golden and D.J. White in the secondary.
On offense the line is starting to take shape. Freddie Burden leads Thomas O’Reilly in the open battle at center. Currently listed at No. 1 are Bryan Chamberlain and Chris Griffin at guard and All-ACC pick Shaquille Mason and Trey Braun at guard.
Running No. 1 at A-back are Tony Zenon, who has had an exceptional preseason to date, and Charles Perkins. Michael Summers is listed as the No. 1 receiver opposite former Tattnall Square standout DeAndre Smelter, while Darren Waller is suspended for the first game.
Quarterback Justin Thomas and B-back Zach Laskey remain No. 1 at their positions.
One shift at B-back is the addition of Synjyn Days to the rotation. Because of his size (6-2, 232 pounds), strength, blocking skills and knowledge of the offense, Days has started to get reps at the position. He will split time at the A-back spot, where he started seven games last season.
The Yellow Jackets needed depth at the position once true freshman C.J. Leggett was injured last week. That left only Matt Connors to back up Laskey, who has also been banged up in camp.
“I think (Synjyn) can play both. It gives us more depth,” Johnson said.