‘Battle’ underway at Georgia Tech B-back competition

Georgia Tech’s B-back competition was anticipated to be among the most open when preseason camp open. After eight days, that hasn’t changed.

Coach Paul Johnson likes what he has seen, but isn’t certain of how the competition will turn out. Marcus Allen, Patrick Skov and incoming freshmen Mikell Lands-Davis and Marcus Marshall are in a four-way competition for spots on the depth chart. Allen, who came to Tech as a B-back in 2012 but twice switched positions before returning to B-back in the spring for depth purposes, entered camp at the top of the depth chart.

“He tries to do things the right way and works hard,” Johnson said. “He’s in a battle.”

Skov, the graduate transfer from Stanford, has made strides in adapting to Tech’s spread-option offense. Johnson likes his size and physical style and anticipated that his value will become more apparent as the Yellow Jackets continue with 11-on-11 play in full pads. The team scrimmaged for the first time Saturday.

“I think he’s going to be hard to tackle, I think he’ll be a physical blocker, and certainly he’ll help us,” Johnson said. “He’s going to play. Now, will he be the starter? I have no idea, but he’ll play.”

Johnson also mentioned that Marshall “did some good things” in the Saturday morning scrimmage and has “caught my eye in camp a little bit.” Johnson also raised the possibility of a B-back moving to A-back to add depth to that group.

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