Yellow Jackets battling for positions

Jon Barash

Georgia Tech is less than a month away from opening the 2012 football season against Virginia Tech. Earlier this week, the Yellow Jackets started road to the ACC Championship, holding their first practice in full pads on Tuesday and first two-a-day session on Wednesday.

The story of fall camp for the Jackets has been the position battles across the board. The most interesting position battle has to be at wide receiver as seven players are battling for two spots. Stephen Hill and Tyler Melton were last year’s starters but both have moved on to the NFL.

On top of the depth chart this season is senior Chris Jackson and sophomore Jeff Greene. Other wide receivers in contention are Jeremy Moore, Anthony Autry, Darren Waller, Travin Henry and Michael Summers. None of the seven players have a single career reception. Greene, Jackson and Waller did see time on special teams last year.

Another offensive position battle to watch is A-back. Orwin Smith is the starter at one of the A-back spots, but the other is yet to be determined. Robbie Godhigh and Deon Hill look to be in the lead, but B.J. Bostic and Synjin Days could be part of a three-man rotation. Bostic missed all of last season due to a broken thumb and Days focused all his attention at quarterback last year.

The right tackle spot is also up for grabs, but Morgan Bailey looks to be the favorite over Tyler Kidney. Bailey has been injury-prone during his career, but he outplayed Kidney during spring practice after starting six games last year.

On the defensive side, an end spot is open as Emmanuel Dieke and Euclid Cummings are fighting for that nod. However, defensive coordinator Al Groh said those two along with Izaan Cross will likely see an equal amount of playing time because he feels like all three are good enough to do big things.


Guard Omoregie Uzzi does not have to worry about being in a position battle, but he will have to worry about all the attention he is getting after being named as a preseason second-team All-American by Sports Illustrated. He has also been named to the Outland Trophy Watch List which is given to the top interior lineman in the country. Uzzi has been on the All-ACC team the last two seasons.

Pre-Snap Read, a college football website, is showing Tech a little love as they have them ranked No. 27 in the country. They think the Jackets are deeper than they have been in recent memory, and the experience they have on the roster will make them a contender to win the ACC Coastal division.

The Jackets will have their first scrimmage of camp on Saturday. This scrimmage will not be open to the public, but head coach Paul Johnson may have another scrimmage next Saturday, which will be open to the public.

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