With Marshall leaving, a look at Tech's B-back depth

With Marcus Marshall having chosen to transfer after two seasons , the depth chart for Georgia Tech at B-back will lack experience behind Dedrick Mills. A look at what spring practice might look like for the Yellow Jackets.

There is the matter, though, that Mills has already been suspended twice in his first season, once for one game and later for two for violating team rules. Johnson has been supportive of Mills – he called him “a good kid” after the first suspension – but he’s on notice that he’ll have to walk the straight and narrow for the next three years.

Weimerskirch has played in seven games this season.

“I think they see at practice there’s still some things that they’ve got to improve at,” quarterbacks and B-backs coach Bryan Cook said in November of Allen, Weimerskirch and Benson. “They get a bunch of reps in practice, and so we just try to get them ready, and I think a couple of them are close. When we’ll end up using them, you never really know. We just try to get them to grow and take a few steps forward every day. But they’re making progress.”

There are no walk-on B-backs who will return. Ryan Braswell, a redshirt junior, has decided to forego his final season of eligibility. It’s conceivable that sophomore wide receiver Mikell Lands-Davis could return there. Lands-Davis began at B-back in 2015 and moved to A-back and then wide receiver to help with depth.

Chances are, Tech will pursue another B-back in the class.

Tech has had its B-back depth chart unexpectedly shortened previously. In the spring of 2014, Travis Custis, whom former Tech defensive tackle Adam Gotsis once proclaimed to be “an animal,” left school for academic reasons after one semester.

And, as noted above, Leggett and Weimerskirch's injuries in spring 2015 prompted Allen's return to the position and opened room for Patrick Skov and Marshall to play the majority of the snaps that fall.

If you're wondering, Custis went to junior college and then transferred to Division II West Georgia. This season, his first with the Wolves, he played in eight games, running 51 times for 301 yards and four touchdowns. West Georgia is ranked ninth in its region. Leggett transferred to Mesa (Ariz.) Community College. He ran 91 times for 295 yards and scored two touchdowns. Mesa is ranked eighth among junior colleges.

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