ATLANTA -- Now there’s a starting point for the competition for this fall’s football team at Georgia Tech.
Head coach Paul Johnson released the program’s post-spring depth chart Thursday. It includes a lot of familiar names, but also features some newcomers who will be vying for playing time this fall.
There’s no change at quarterback, where Orange Bowl MVP Justin Thomas returns for his second season as starter. But the picture is a bit clearer at the running back slots.
Listed as the No. 1 B-back is junior Marcus Allen, who was one of the stars of the spring game. Allen has played numerous positions on both sides of the ball, but he might have found his place at B-back.
He will be backed up by Patrick Skov, a Stanford graduate who has a year of eligibility remaining. Skov has been accepted into the MBA program and should enroll in time for preseason practice. Skov played 39 games at Stanford, with 14 carries for 25 yards and four touchdowns.
The No. 1 A-backs are senior Broderick Snoddy, who missed spring practice while recovering from a broken leg suffered against Clemson, and junior Isiah Willis, who had a productive spring. Clinton Lynch and Qua Searcy are the backups.
Emerging as the No. 1 receivers are Micheal Summers and Rick Jeune, with Antonio Messick and Brandon Oliver as backups.
The starting offensive line going into fall will be Bryan Chamberlain and Errin Joe at tackle, Trey Braun and Shamire Devine at guard and Freddie Burden at center. Backups include Eason Fromayan, who started one game and played in 2013, and Andrew Marshall, who played 10 games, as well as scout team graduates Trey Klock, Gary Brown and Jake Stickler.
The defensive line will start with KeShun Freeman and Rod Rook-Chungong at end, Adam Gotsis at tackle and Pat Gamble at nose tackle. Listed as No. 2 on the line are spring-game standout Kenderius Whitehead and Antonio Simmons at end, and Francis Kallon and Jabari Hunt-Days at tackle. Hunt-Days has added 30 pounds since last season and is expected to be an impact player there.
Starting at linebacker will be Tyler Marcordes, Anthony Harrell and leading tackler P.J. Davis, with Terrell Lewis, Beau Hankins and Domonique Noble the primary backups.
The secondary includes Chris Milton and D.J. White at cornerback, Demond Smith at strong safety and Jamal Golden at free safety. Running at No. 2 are Lynn Griffin and Step Durham at cornerback, Lawrence Austin at free safety and Shaun Kagawa, who played well in the spring game, at strong safety.
The depth chart is likely to look quite different when Georgia Tech opens the season Sept. 3 against Alcorn State. Many of the incoming freshmen are expected to compete for playing time and likely will have an impact on the depth chart.