Georgia Tech depth chart: defense

A week after releasing its offensive depth chart, Georgia Tech released its defensive depth chart. Here are a few notes:

  • Defensive line could be a position of concern headed into the fall. There is not much depth at defensive tackle, and there are big-time question marks at defensive end. Right now, the Jackets list either Roderick Rook-Chungong or true freshman KeShun Freeman as the starter at the defensive end spot that lost Jeremiah Attaochu (NFL) and Jabari Hunt-Days (academically ineligible). Neither Rook-Chungong nor Freeman has played in a college game. The depth chart does not list incoming junior college transfer Kenderius Whitehead, who will be expected to contribute right away. At the other end spot, Tyler Stargel is listed as the starter. He has never started a college game. Tackle Adam Gotsis is the only returning starter in the group.

  • At linebacker, it's no real surprise to see Tyler Marcordes taking over for Brandon Watts. Quayshawn Nealy is back and should be among the best linebackers in the ACC.

  • The secondary also has potential, with safeties Jamal Golden (shoulder) and Isaiah Johnson (knee) coming back off injuries. The Jackets do have to replace all-everything Jemea Thomas and have Demond Smith penciled in at that safety/nickel spot. Lynn Griffin is listed as one starter at cornerback, taking over for Louis Young.