ATLANTA - Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson thought true freshmen Trey Braun and Jeff Greene might win starting jobs when summer practice ended last week.
Though both players fell short of their goals, Johnson believes the Yellow Jackets have resolved an important issue before Thursday's season opener against Western Carolina - they have 12 freshmen challenging for playing time. That makes Georgia Tech's roster deeper and stronger.
To make a clean break from last year's 6-7 record, Johnson needed freshmen to bring energy and challenge veterans for snaps in summer camp.
Braun, Catlin Alford, Errin Joe and Shaquille Mason pushed for jobs on the offensive line. Jamal Golden did the same at cornerback. Charles Perkins and Tony Zenon are still trying to earn snaps at running back and Synjyn Days at quarterback.