The Georgia Tech coaching staff has released their depth chart for the Yellow Jackets week two matchup against South Florida.
The Georgia Tech football will look to get off to a 2-0 start this weekend when they take on the University of South Florida on the road in Tampa Bay. For the Yellow Jackets, the opportunity to get a third of the way to bowl eligibility after missing the postseason in two of the last three seasons is huge, especially this early in the season.
Last week, the Yellow Jackets took on the FCS’s Alcorn State and came away with a rather easy 41-0 victory. For the coaching staff, the game served as an opportunity to evaluate players and allowed experimentation in a rather unrisky situation. With that being said, after talking among themselves about player performances, there are some changes to the Yellow Jackets week two depth chart (here).
Quarterback, A-Back, WR stay the same:
The quarterback, A-back, and wide receiver spots on the depth chart remain the same from week one without any surprise. TaQuon Marshall will continue to be the starting quarterback with Tobias Oliver behind him.
At A-Back, Qua Searcy and Clinton Lynch will be the starters while Nathan Cottrell and Ohmari Jarrett back them up respectively. On the outside at wide receiver, Jalen Camp and Brad Stewart remain the starters with the backs being Malachi Carter and Stephen Dolphus.
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Battle for the back up B-Back spot:
There has been no resolution at the back up B-back spot yet as it is an “OR” situation right now between Jordan Mason and Jerry Howard. One would think Mason is the most likely candidate at this time seeing that he got the starting nod last week as KirVonte Benson was suspended.
Marshall gets the nod at Right Tackle/Will Bryan moves to Right Guard:
After being the second string right tackle for week one, redshirt senior Andrew Marshall has gotten the nod to be the starter against USF. Marshall was a solid piece of the Jackets offensive line in 2016 but failed to play a down last year after injuring his foot in fall camp. Now ready to go and fully healthy, Marshall will look to lock down the starting right tackle spot going forward.
Marshall supplants Will Bryan who has moved over to the right guard position replacing Brad Morgan as the starter. Backing up Marshall is Ole Miss transfer Jack DeFoor while Brad Morgan will be Bryan’s replacement at right guard.
The rest of the Yellow Jackets offensive line went unchanged from last week’s depth chart and will lineup like the following (starters in bold and backups italicized;
Zach Quinney – Parker Braun – Jahaziel Lee – Will Bryan – Andrew Marshall
Bailey Ivemyer – Charlie Clark – Scott Morgan – Brad Morgan – Jack DeFoor
Defense goes unchanged:
The entire defensive depth has gone unchanged since last week and will line up in the following manner;
Desmond Branch – Kyle Cerge Henderson -Anree Saint-Amour
Antwan Owens – Brandon Adams – Brentavious Glanton
The defensive line had a good start to their season on Saturday against Alcorn State. Despite not making many impact plays, the defensive line was able to maintain getting pressure on Alcorn State’s quarterbacks throughout the game and helped bottle up the Braves run game as well.
Victor Alexander (JACK) – Brant Mitchell – David Curry – Jalen Johnson (STGR)
Jaquan Henderson – Quez Jackson – Bruce Jordan-Swilling – Christian Campbell
Week one for the linebackers was highlighted by the long awaited return of David Curry who made quite the impact in his return including returning a fumble for a touchdown. Bruce Jordan-Swilling didn’t play last week after injuring himself on a scooter. He’ll see a good amount of time this weekend and will be a welcomed return to the the Yellow jackets defense.
Tariq Carpenter (SS) – Malik Rivera (FS)
Kaleb Oliver – Juanyeh Thomas
Jaytlin Askew (CB) – Tre Swilling (CB)
Ajani Kerr – Jaylon King OR Zamari Walton
The secondary for the Yellow Jackets last week allowed just 69-yards through the air but will have a much tougher challenge with Blake Barnett this weekend. Graduate transfer Malik Rivera will once again be the starting free safety on Saturday. The young cornerbacks Jaytlin Askew and Tre Swilling will have their handfuls this weekend with USF’s strong group of wide receivers.
Place Kicking: As we learned following the Yellow Jackets season opening victory over Alcorn State, sophomore kicker Brenton King had won the starting kicker job. The week two depth chart in preparation of USF shows just that with King marked down as the first team place kicker. Shawn Davis will be his backup going forward.
Kickoff Duties: The kickoff duties made a rare appearance on the depth chart as it’s listed as Shawn Davis OR Wesley Wells as the starter.
Holder: The holder in week one was Pressley Harvin III but it appears wide receiver Brad Stewart will take over that role from here.
Kick/Punt Returning: Juanyeh Thomas will continue to be the starting punt and kick returner for the Yellow Jackets in week two.