Better scrimmage for Georgia Tech offensive line

A week after describing himself as frustrated and sick of his offensive line's play, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson sounded a different note after the team's scrimmage Saturday morning, the third of spring practice.

“The offense was certainly way better,” Johnson said.

Asked about the offensive line, Johnson specifically noted the play of the first-string line — left tackle Eason Fromayan, left guard Will Bryan, center Andrew Marshall, Shamire Devine and Brad Morgan sharing snaps at right guard and Trey Klock at right tackle. This week, Bryan was moved from tackle to left guard, making space for Fromayan at tackle, and Marshall was bumped to center from left guard.

The line is playing without center Freddie Burden (hand surgery), a two-year starter. The recovery for Chris Griffin, returning from a torn ACL and counted on to make a bid to start at right guard, has been slower than expected.

Johnson didn’t have a great deal to say about the scrimmage. Among his observations:

“(Wide receiver) Ricky Jeune showed up, he made some plays.”

“(Quarterback Justin Thomas) did OK. He led two or three scoring drives. It was good.”

Of the defense: “I think they’re flying around. Like I said, there was some good and some bad. There were some hard hits out there, for sure.”

Tech will conclude spring practice next Saturday with its spring game at noon at Bobby Dodd Stadium.