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Injuries becoming a factor for Georgia Tech football

ATLANTA -- Injuries are starting to pop up during spring practice at Georgia Tech, potentially robbing the staff of the chance to evaluate players to fill some vital holes.

The biggest issues are at B-back and on the offensive line, where more bad news was revealed.

“It’s the third week of spring, in pads, got some guys banged up, got to push through,” head coach Paul Johnson said. “We’ve only got another day or two in pads for the whole spring.”

The Yellow Jackets learned Monday that Quaide Weimerskirch, a freshman who enrolled in January in order to participate in spring workouts, suffered an injury that will keep him out all summer and potentially into the fall.

Weimerskirch had been expected to compete for playing time at B-back, a position that was hit especially hard by the graduation of Synjyn Days, Zach Laskey and Matt Connors. The Milton, Florida, product rushed for 1,792 yards and 23 touchdowns as a high school senior at Pace (Santa Rosa County) in what is considered a strong district.

The injury leaves redshirt freshman C.J. Leggett as the favorite at the position. Brady Swilling, a transplanted quarterback who was moved to B-back this spring, and third-year sophomore Ryan Braswell are also competing for playing time.

Even more distressing is the news on the offensive line. Starting center Freddie Burden missed time with a wrist injury and is playing guard this spring because he can’t snap the ball. Backup center Andrew Marshall had surgery, and reserve Nick Brigham missed practice Monday.

Tackle Chris Griffin is out this spring because of knee surgery that was needed when he was injured playing basketball. Left tackle Bryan Chamberlain was wearing a red jersey Monday. Guard Shamire Devine has yet to participate in contact.

“It’s a patchwork kind of group,” Johnson said.

There are two walk-ons playing center. Redshirt freshmen Trey Klock and Jake Stickler and true freshman Will Bryan are getting extensive playing opportunities because of the injury situation.

“In the spring, you just keep playing,” Johnson said. “We’ve got bodies. A lot of them don’t know what to do, but we’ve got bodies.”

The Georgia Tech spring game will be April 17 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

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