“He’s athletic, he runs around, we’ll see if he can help us,” Johnson said. “Certainly you think that he can help us on special teams, but we’ll see.”
4. Tech is at 80 scholarships. The limit is 85. Johnson said the slight shortage doesn't impact practice. The team is at 105 players for the preseason (the NCAA limit) and will get up to around 115 once the semester begins.
“That’s about what you’d have anyway,” he said.
5. In assessing the depth chart at A-back, Johnson grouped A-back Nathan Cottrell in with J.J. Green, Clinton Lynch and Qua Searcy. The Green/Lynch/Searcy trio played most of the snaps last season. It was Cottrell's redshirt freshman season after tearing his ACL early in the 2015 preseason. Behind those four, he said, are Omahri Jarrett and, should he not emerge the winner of the quarterback competition, possibly TaQuon Marshall.
“I think he’s back, physically,” Johnson said of Cottrell. “He was a little behind because he’d missed (the 2015 season), but I think now he’s to the point now where he understands and he can play full speed, and he’s got full speed. He can run.”
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