Tech starting fresh at A-back

Last season, Georgia Tech relied on the experience and maturity of four seniors at A-back. At spring practice, which began Monday, the Yellow Jackets have no such luxury with B.J. Bostic, Deon Hill, Charles Perkins and Tony Zenon all graduated.

On Tech’s first day of spring practice, no fewer than four A-backs were in the position for the first time.

“It’s day one in the A-backs room right now,” A-backs coach Lamar Owens said. “It’s like 2008 (coach Paul Johnson’s first season) all over again.”

Only one player with significant playing experience at the position, Dennis Andrews, is participating in practice. Broderick Snoddy, who moved to A-back last season, is rehabilitating his broken-leg injury, but might be able to make it back for non-contact drills before the spring ends, Johnson said Monday.

Among scholarship players, Andrews was joined by Georgia transfer J.J. Green, Clinton Lynch and Qua Searcy. Lynch was an A-back last year during his redshirt season, but Searcy played wide receiver. New to the position are walk-ons Roberto Hinojosa, formerly a kicker, and Denis Onwuala, previously a defensive back.

Owens said he didn’t mind the inexperience “because even the guys that are seniors, that are juniors can still learn something again, and you can still get better at your fundamentals. This is a fun part of the year to really be able to teach and see the guys improve every day.”

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