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Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson awarded scholarships to three players Thursday, expanding the offseason scholarship roster from 57 to 60.
The Yellow Jackets will welcome an additional 21 true freshman scholarship players in the fall, including Middle Georgian’s Jemea Thomas, Julian Burnett and Brandon Watts.
Garnering scholarships from Johnson were linebacker Mario Edwards, and offensive linemen Zach Krish and Sean Bedford. The Yellow Jackets expect each of the three to be strong contributors as backups when the season begins in September.
Edwards, a former transfer from Virginia Tech, earned a letter last season after returning to his hometown to be closer to his family for personal reasons. As a sophomore, he appeared in 12 games and recorded seven tackles and forced a fumble.
Krish was a walk-on reserve last season who saw action in just three games last season — all blowouts. At guard this spring, he rotated into the first- and second-team groups, seeing significant action while three starting linemen nursed injuries.
Bedford also received extensive playing time this spring, appearing in relief of starting center Dan Voss, who was recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. An aerospace engineering major, Bedford joined the team in 2006 with Krish as a walk-on defensive lineman.
After enjoying an impressive T-Day Spring Game showing last season on the defensive line — 3.5 tackles, one for loss and a fumble recovery — Johnson thought Bedford might do better along the offensive line. This spring, he continued to impress his head coach with his work ethic.