3 key absences for Georgia Tech defense

Georgia Tech defensive lineman Antwan Owens speaking with reporters on October 30, 2019. (AJC photo by Ken Sugiura)
Georgia Tech defensive lineman Antwan Owens speaking with reporters on October 30, 2019. (AJC photo by Ken Sugiura)

Before its Saturday matchup with Virginia, Georgia Tech took the field for warm-ups without three key defensive contributors.

Defensive end Antwan Owens, defensive tackle Chris Martin and safety Kaleb Oliver were not part of drills. Martin was with the team, but was not taking part.

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All are believed to be injuries. Owens suffered a leg injury near the end of Tech’s loss to Pittsburgh the previous Saturday.

All have played regularly in their position rotations, with Owens starting all eight games and Martin and Oliver five each.

It’s a significant hit for the Tech defense, particularly on the line, which already was thin. It could mean bigger roles for end Jordan Domineck, Djimon Brooks at tackle and Christian Campbell at safety.

Linebacker Charlie Thomas also may be limited with an upper-body injury.

Tech quarterback Lucas Johnson, who left the Pitt game with an upper-body injury, took part in warm-ups.