Georgia Tech Football: Spring Practice Turning Into War of Attrition

Spring practice has been brutal on the injury front. No matter what position battles are going on, no matter how physical the practices may be, the main objective is to get out of Spring Practice as healthy as possible.

That was the plan for Georgia Tech going into their Spring Practice session, but the execution of the plan is not doing to swell.

Georgia Tech, once upon a time, was going into Spring Practice with arguably the best offensive line in the whole Atlantic Coast Conference.

After a few weeks of practice, the offensive line depth chart has been decimated through injury, and that was something that Paul Johnson should not have needed to be concerned with going into 2015.

Shaq Mason’s replacement at right guard should have been the only issue since Shaq is moving on to the NFL.

But now with injuries to Chris Griffin, Shamire Devine, Andrew Marshall, Brian Chamberlain, and third-string center Nick Brigham, the line is becoming makeshift in practice.

Freddie Burden has not played his center position lately and has practiced at guard because the hand he snaps the ball with is in a cast.

The only healthy starting offensive linemen in practice right about now are Trey Braun and Errin Joe, but they have been playing in different spots along the line filling in for injured players.

That is a quick way to not build any continuity during practice.

In an espn.com post by Andrea Adelson, Paul Johnson summed the situation up by saying:

 “Right now it’s a patchwork kind of group,” Johnson said. “In the spring you keep playing. We got bodies. Some of them don’t know what to do, but we’ve got bodies. I hope we have enough guys to play in the spring game.”

-Coach Paul Johnson

But just in case you felt the prized offensive line was especially cursed, the injury bug is trying to nip at the backfield also.

Freshman B-Back Quade Weimerskirch will be out for the rest of the spring and possibly into the fall according to a report by ajc.com Ken Sugiura.

Weimerskirch is now wearing a protective boot over his right lower leg and foot and Paul Johnson will be made aware of the final healing timetable by the end of the week.

We are talking about practice, not the game these players love, but practice.

Practice sure is taking it’s toll though. Just survive is all that Tech fans can ask of the rest of the squad.