Posted: 3:55 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014

New Tech depth chart released 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech released its updated depth chart after 10 days of preseason camp. The list and a few observations below.

OFFENSE

QB Justin Thomas
Tim Byerly
BB Zach Laskey
Matt Connors
AB Charles Perkins
Synjyn Days
B.J. Bostic
AB Tony Zenon
Deon Hill
WR Micheal Summers
Brandon Oliver
WR DeAndre Smelter
Corey Dennis
LT Bryan Chamberlain
Errin Joe
LG Trey Braun
Shamire Devine
C Freddie Burden
Thomas O’Reilly
RG Shaquille Mason
Nick Brigham
RT Chris Griffin
Trey Klock
Kyle Stallard

 

DEFENSE

SDE Tyler Stargel
Tyler Merriweather
DT Adam Gotsis
Francis Kallon
NT Shawn Green
Patrick Gamble
RDE KeShun Freeman
Roderick Rook-Chungong
SLB Tyler Marcordes
Tremayne McNair
ILB Quayshawn Nealy
Chase Alford
WLB Paul Davis
Beau Hankins
CB Chris Milton
Lawrence Austin
SS Isaiah Johnson or
Demond Smith
FS Jamal Golden or
Demond Smith
CB D.J. White
Lance Austin

 SPECIAL TEAMS

K Harrison Butker
P Ryan Rodwell
LS Sean Tobin
Trevor Stroebel

A few observations on offense: Charles Perkins moved up to the top of the A-back competition. He wasn’t even in the top five on the pre-camp two-deep, but is now a starter. Synjyn Days dropped down from the starting spot. … Brandon Oliver, a walk-on, is an interesting No. 2 at wide receiver, ahead of multiple scholarship players. Corey Dennis had been on the depth chart going into camp and receivers coach Buzz Preston spoke well of him Monday. … Wide receiver Darren Waller and other players suspended for the first two games (A-back Dennis Andrews and cornerback Lynn Griffin are others) are not on the depth chart. … Chris Griffin and Bryan Chamberlain have flopped tackle spots, as Griffin has been more comfortable and effective on the right side. True freshman Trey Klock is backing up Griffin, and walk-on Kyle Stallard has been making an impression in camp.

Defense: The alignment on the chart is a 4-3 as opposed to a 4-2-5. Tech concentrated on the 4-2-5 in the spring and made it its base defense, but used a 4-3 in the scrimmage Saturday, although coaches and players did not ascribe much meaning to it. Not sure what this means going forward. Depth charts aren’t necessarily a true reflection of alignment and order, but it’s interesting to note, at the very least. The chart released by the school does note that the defense is multiple. … True freshman Tyler Merriweather has moved into the No. 2 spot at strongside defensive end. KeShun Freeman and Roderick Rook-Chungong were listed as co-No. 1’s going into camp, but Freeman has claimed the top spot. … Walk-on Chase Alford is backing up Quayshawn Nealy at inside linebacker. … Griffin is the likely starter at cornerback, but Chris Milton has taken his place, at least for the time being. … Twins Lawrence and Lance Austin are the backup corners, though Step Durham had worked with the second string in the scrimmage. … There are four true freshmen in the defensive top 23.

23 comments
nevrenuftime
nevrenuftime

Not a single player on all acc. I think pitts the only other team without one. 

Duke has 6! And even syracuse has one.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Charles Perkins ahead of Synjyn and Bostic?

I don't like it.

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Might as well play Kallon and the Aussie together. Stop the run -- be good at something.

It's already noticable this crew doesn't have a pass rush. :(

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

In the Visitors Agreement...  Reading comprehension definitely eludes you:


"Impersonating any person or entity, or falsely stating or otherwise misrepresenting your affiliation with a person or entity;"


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AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

I just emailed KS impersonator.  Keep spamming.  I'll keep posting it

Guyon
Guyon

Ted Roof is doing a good job recruiting, so we'll continue to see young guys playing for several years.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

The defensive alignment may be 4-3 (along with the personnel to play it) but the options at SS (Johnson OR Smith) and FS (Golden OR Smith) make me think they already know what the 4-2-5 will look like.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

Secondary should be really strong this year.   Is there any thought to moving Chris Milton to nickel back when Griffin comes back, Ken?   Lord knows he showed on special teams that he would pop some people and make some plays.

GTRay
GTRay

Ken, just curious, and I'm sure you don't have a definitive answer -- If we're so short on personnel on the defensive line, and Trey Klock is such a good athlete (from what I've read here and elsewhere), having been a standout on both defense and offense in high school, why wouldn't PJ try him out at DE?

GTBob
GTBob

Perkins must be having a good camp. Glad to see his talent coming around. 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@BigCrimson75 

They won't be stopping the run if they go 4-2-5.

Perkins ahead of Synjyn and Bostic - kind of similar to Torres and Ba ahead of Lukaku

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

BTW, you are gonna make it to name number 6 in record time...


KenAJC
KenAJC moderator

@GeorgeStein good question. i think he's mostly been looked at as a cornerback, and I'd think they would want Demond Smith at nickel. i'll see what i can learn.

KenAJC
KenAJC moderator

@GTRay i'm not entirely sure. part of me thinks it's because adding a true freshman to the depth wouldn't necessarily help. but

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

Paulie -- Ken has an updated blog this evening........apparently the 4-2-5 has been scrapped as the primary alignment in favor of the 4-3. I suppose some solace can be taken from that.

If only they would "tinker" to a more traditional offense!! :(

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

We'll see what the devil can do in North Liverpool.

I won't miss any of em, especially Torres & Rom.

I wouldn't have minded Jose keeping Sammy & Demba around.........if only to see both enjoy being Premier League & Champions League champs this season!! :)

GTRay
GTRay

@AugustaJacket Thanks for the response - hope you're right.  But with the losses due to graduation and Whitehead not qualifying, and two freshmen in the two-deep at the DE positions, it makes me wonder just how deep we are at the DE positions.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@BigCrimson75 

I am not a fan of the 4-2-5 - I could see Gurley going for 200+ against that alignment

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@BigCrimson75 

Your backup striker is a 36 yo (assuming the age on his birth certificate is correct) who in his first game (a friendly) lasted <30 mins before coming off injured and you are not going to miss Rom?  And Torres is still there (for now)

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

I hate it!

The Falcons tried under Reeves one season with Ron George playing the hybrid S/LB role. It wasn't pretty. :(

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

The Protocol Son will have some moments this year!

I'm glad he's back @ The Bridge.

No coincidence Rom bounces when his hero comes home.

Suppose he doesn't want to hear what talent waster he is coming from his idol!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@BigCrimson75 

You need someone like Troy Polamalu or Ronnie Lott in their prime to have a chance