Make-or-break position battle: Georgia Tech

With the departure of All-American Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson must find a new right guard to help protect Justin Thomas. Michael Shroyer/Getty Images

We're breaking down the biggest fall-camp position battles in the ACC for each team. Up next, Georgia Tech.

Position battle: Right guard

The candidates: Shamire Devine opened fall camp atop the depth chart, but coach Paul Johnson is clearly keeping his options open, rotating in a bevy of players -- Eason Fromayan, Gary Brown, Andrew Marshall and Trey Klock among them -- to get reps at the spot that was filled last year by All-American Shaq Mason.

The impact: The skill spots for Georgia Tech are getting a makeover in 2015, with the team's top two receivers and five of the top six backs all moving on. That leaves QB Justin Thomas and an established O-line to solidify things.

For the rest of the line, that shouldn't be a problem. Tech returns four starters from last year. At right guard, however, there are big questions, and filling the sizable shoes left by Mason would be tough for anyone. Last year, Georgia Tech averaged 4.46 yards before contact per rush when running behind right guard -- the third-best rate among Power 5 programs.

Success for the Jackets resides on being physical at the point of attack, and while the other pieces may change, the performance by the line -- particularly those guards -- has to be consistent. That's the problem for Johnson as the season approaches, and he's doing all he can to find an answer.

Prediction: Devine remains the most likely option just based on experience, but it's clear from Johnson's handling of the situation thus far, he won't simply be handed the job. Still, his work in Georgia Tech's second scrimmage was encouraging, and the best alternative may be true freshman Will Bryan, who likely remains a year away physically.