Georgia Tech football coach Paul Johnson was born Aug. 20, 1957, in Newland, North Carolina. Johnson was hired and introduced Dec. 7, 2007 as Tech's 12th football coach, beginning with John Heisman in 1904. Tech defeated Jacksonville State 41-14 on Aug. 28, 2008, in Johnson's debut as Yellow Jackets coach. Johnson's Georgia Southern teams won Division I-AA (now FCS) national championships in 1999 and 2000. Johnson coached six seasons at Navy and was 43-19 over the final five, after a 2-10 first season. Jo

Paul Johnson provides some depth-chart answers

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson shed some light on the depth chart in his post-practice media session Monday.

Johnson said that the first-string offensive line includes Will Bryan and Andrew Marshall at offensive tackle (left and right, respectively). Behind them competing for spots in the rotation are redshirt freshman Zach Quinney, transfer Jack DeFoor and new scholarship recipient Bailey Ivemeyer.

“He’s in the mix,” Johnson said of Quinney. “He’s got a chance. The next two weeks will determine who plays out there.”

Parker Braun is established at left guard. For the duration of center Kenny Cooper’s absence as he recovers from a foot injury, Jahaziel Lee is the first-string center. Brad Morgan is likely the right guard. Johnson said that Morgan, a junior who is coming back from a back injury suffered last season, is “doing OK.”

The combination of Bryan, Braun, Lee, Morgan and Marshall boasts a combined 62 starts. Johnson has brought up the possibility of moving Cooper to guard and keeping Lee at center when he returns. If Cooper were to go to right guard in place of Morgan, the start total would be 74.

Johnson said the fourth A-back on the depth chart after Clinton Lynch, Qua Searcy and Nathan Cottrell would likely be Omahri Jarrett, a junior. He said also it might be a situational matter.

While the top three figure to play the large majority of snaps, Johnson said he felt comfortable playing five or six.

“Omahri can play,” he said. “Those guys can play.”

Others competing are Xavier Gantt and incoming freshmen Jaylen Jackson, Dontae Smith and Tijai Whatley. Johnson said that “for sure” at least one freshman will play this season because of the lack of numbers at the position, the same as wide receiver.

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