First team after spring: Clinton Lynch, junior, J.J. Green, senior.
Notable reserves: Qua Searcy, senior, Nathan Cottrell, sophomore.
On the way: Xavier Gantt, redshirt freshman.
Analysis: The experience that this group brings to the offense will serve as a support for the starting quarterback (most likely Matthew Jordan) in a way that the 2014 group (Charles Perkins, Deon Hill, Tony Zenon and B.J. Bostic) did for Justin Thomas in his first season as a starter.
Lynch has proved himself as a playmaker. Green exemplifies the versatility that the position requires. Searcy has shown a knack for big plays. They were no small part of the team’s success in 2016 and that role figures to expand with their expected improvement and a new quarterback in place.
A challenge for Johnson and A-backs coach Lamar Owens will be finding snaps for those below that threesome in the depth chart, such as Cottrell, Gantt and Omahri Jarrett. Incoming freshman Jordan Ponchez-Mason is seen as a possibility at A-back and B-back. Camp may determine his position.
Factoid: Searcy's given name is Micquavius.
Statistic: Lynch has averaged 14.6 yards per touch on offense in his career. Former Tech A-backs Orwin Smith and Robert Godhigh averaged 10.9. He has also averaged seven touches per touchdown. Godhigh's rate was 10.2 per touchdown and Smith's was 11.0 touches per score.
Prediction: Like last season, Lynch, Green and Searcy likely will split starts. If Tech goes 9-3 and Lynch puts up numbers similar to last season, he'll get strong consideration to become the first Tech A-back to make the coaches or media All-ACC team.