ATLANTA-- Georgia Tech's football team put on pads for the first time this spring and did some 11-on-11 scrimmaging as the first week of spring football drew to a close on Saturday in Bobby Dodd Stadium. Head coach Paul Johnson said he was pleased with the progression from Monday to Saturday's workout.
"First day in pads and I thought the energy level was pretty good and guys were flying around," Johnson said. "Like always there was some good and some bad, so it was a good first start. This is the fourth day, we got some stuff done and we are progressing and moving along. We have a lot of work to do to get better as long as the effort is there that is all you can ask."
One of the key positions the Jackets are evaluating this spring is B-back. Sophomore Dedrick Mills is locked in as the starter, but the two other B-backs in the rotation are no longer on the team and Johnson wants to see what youngsters Kirvonte Benson and Quaide Weimerskirch can do before freshmen Jordan Ponchez-Mason and Jerry Howard arrive on campus in the fall.
"Kirvonte did some good things early and had a couple of nice runs. Dedrick didn't play him much in 11-on-11," Johnson said.
The B-back depth building is a microcosm of the overall plan this spring. There are not many open jobs, just depth building going on.
"We are looking to build depth everywhere and that is what spring practice is for," Johnson said. "We are trying to evaluate guys and put them in positions to see what they can do."