Georgia Tech freshman B-back Quaide Weimerskirch’s recovery from foot surgery is progressing well, but he will not likely be cleared to participate in practice and games until the season is well underway.
“He had his screws removed,” coach Paul Johnson said. “He won’t be cleared for practice (for the preseason). There’s a chance we could get him back as early as October. We’ll see.”
Weimerskirch graduated from high school in December and enrolled at Tech in January to get a head start on his freshman season. However, he injured his foot during spring practice, requiring surgery. His injury, as well as the ACL tear suffered by fellow freshman B-back C.J. Leggett at the end of the spring, has put the B-back spot into considerable uncertainty. The linchpin position will be filled by Marcus Allen, who came to Tech as a B-back in 2012 but made two position changes before returning to B-back this spring after Weimerskirch’s injury, graduate transfer Patrick Skov or incoming freshmen Mikell Lands-Davis and Marcus Marshall.
Johnson will include Weimerskirch on the list of 105 players who can participate in preseason practice, which will allow him to attend team meetings while continuing his rehabilitation. Even if he were to return in October, Weimerskirch would be a likely candidate to redshirt.
“We’ll just evaluate where he’s at and see what the deal is and make a decision from there,” Johnson said.
Johnson said that long snapper Trevor Stroebel will also be out when the season begins following unspecified surgery. Johnson said he wasn’t sure when he will be able to return. Stroebel and Sean Tobin split long-snapping duties last season. Tobin returns for his senior season.