Posted by Chip Patterson
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson raised some eyebrows when he announced that senior A-Back Roddy Jones was questionable/doubtful for Thursday's opener against Western Carolina.
Johnson changed status while speaking on his weekly radio show Tuesday night, saying that Jones - who was selected as a captain for that game by the coaches - will play. Jones has 39 career starts for the Yellow Jackets, and has only missed one game.
Thursday begins a aggressive campaign for the Yellow Jackets to bounce back from a disappointing finish in 2010. After a 5-2 start Georgia Tech dropped 5 of their last 6 contests, only defeating Duke by an embarrassingly-narrow 30-20 margin. Jones will be joined in the offensive backfield by sophomore quarterback Tevin Washington and redshirt sophomore B-Back David Sims. But expect to see lots of rotation as the key players in the option offense must show improvement after finishing dead last nationally in both fumbles (37) and fumbles lost (20). Johnson has said that while Washington is the starter, backup quarterback Synjyn Days will see some time under center as well.
The Yellow Jackets will kick off against Western Carolina, Paul Johnson's alma mater, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in Bobby Dodd Stadium.