Georgia Tech offensive line tested thanks to injuries


ATLANTA -- On paper, Georgia Tech should return perhaps the best offensive line in the ACC. But so far this spring, the Yellow Jackets have had a tough time keeping their linemen healthy.

Coach Paul Johnson said after practice Monday that returning starter Bryan Chamberlain is now hurt, along with third-string center Nick Brigham. B-back Quaide Weimerskirch is also on the injury report after hurting his foot in the scrimmage last week. He is out indefinitely.

Tackle Chris Griffin, guard Shamire Devine and center Andrew Marshall are also out. Starting center Freddie Burden practiced Monday at guard because he has a cast on his hand and is unable to snap.

For a group that is supposed to return four starting offensive linemen, only Errin Joe and Trey Braun have been healthy this spring and they have been moved across the line to not only fill in holes but also in an attempt to bolster depth.

As spring practice nears its conclusion, two walk-ons are playing center.

“Right now it’s a patchwork kind of group,” Johnson said. “In the spring you keep playing. We got bodies. Some of them don’t know what to do, but we’ve got bodies. I hope we have enough guys to play in the spring game.”

Georgia Tech had similar injury issues on the offensive line a year ago, but Johnson said his team is dealing with more this year. Still, Braun said, “You just have to keep moving forward and keep working. Especially in this offense you have to be able to step up anywhere.”

Georgia Tech offensive line coach Mike Sewak said even he is unsure who will start once fall practice begins. When asked for his ideal starting group, he said, “The best five.”

B-back was already a position thinned out with the losses of Synjyn Days and Zach Laskey. Weimerskirch was competing with Christopher Leggett for the starting job.