Georgia Tech B-back Quaide Weimerskirch expected to practice next week

Georgia Tech B-back Quaide Weimerskirch, who suffered a foot injury during spring practice that required surgery, could return to practice next week.

“I think he’s going to get turned loose next week,” coach Paul Johnson said after the team’s practice Wednesday. “We’ll see.”

It follows a timeline that Johnson gave last week regarding Weimerskirch, an early-enrollee freshman from Pace, Fla. Weimerskirch was developing at the time of the injury, but now has been on the sideline as graduate transfer Patrick Skov, freshman Marcus Marshall and junior Marcus Allen have trained at that position throughout the preseason.

“We’ll just have to throw him out there and see how he does,” Johnson said. “He’s not ready to play now. It’ll take him a couple weeks to get ready to play.”

A redshirt would hardly be a surprising result for Weimerskirch, particularly if the three B-backs prove themselves capable and remain healthy. Coaches could choose to dress him for games and have him available as an emergency option, as they did with B-back C.J. Leggett last season, for instance. Johnson considered playing Leggett and burning his redshirt as late as the eighth game of last season, when B-back Zach Laskey was injured in the previous game, but decided against it.

The Yellow Jackets held an abbreviated practice Wednesday, wearing helmets, shoulder pads and shorts for a walk-through for a scrimmage against the scout team Thursday. The scout team will run the offense and defense of Alcorn State, Tech’s opponent in the season opener at Bobby Dodd Stadium Sept. 3. Johnson said the offensive game plan has been completely installed.

Said Johnson, “It’s the same plan every week, right?”

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