Posted by Chip Patterson
Last week the Georgia Tech coaching staff picked senior A-back Roddy Jones as a captain for Thursday's season opener against Western Carolina. But Jones' status for that game is up in the air after Paul Johnson listed the veteran running back as "questionable/doubtful" in this week's depth chart. Johnson said that Jones, who has started 39 games in his Yellow Jacket career, was "dinged up" and the official explanation is an undisclosed injury.
Senior Embry Peebles (46 rushes, 287 yards in 2010) will start in Jones' absence at A-back. After stiff competition in the offseason, sophomore David Sims will start against at B-back in the opener. Senior Preston Lyons and freshman Charles Perkins are both listed as the No. 2 back. Quarterback Tevin Washington has received praise for his leadership and improving ability to limit the turnovers that plagued the Yellow Jackets a year ago. Thursday will be his first opportunity to show Paul Johnson's trademark offense the new cast in the backfield.