It looks as though the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will be down some depth in their backfield when they open the season in a few weeks. Head coach Paul Johnson reported that A-back Nate Cottrell has suffered what he called a “serious injury.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the news Saturday evening. Right now, there is no specifications on what the injury may be, but Johnson did say that it was serious enough that he didn’t play in the team’s early-morning scrimmage on Saturday.
“He didn’t play (Saturday). It’s serious. I doubt he’ll play next Saturday, either.”
The Yellow Jackets already have to rely on a small group of inexperienced players to provide depth in backfield as it is. Losing Cottrell for a long period of time may have just made things a lot more difficult for them.
Cottrell was a three-star member of the Yellow Jackets’ 2015 recruiting class. Coming out of Knoxville, Tennessee, Cottrell was sure to be a big piece for the defending ACC Coastal division champions. He ran for a school record 3.974 yards during his career at Knoxville West.
The Yellow Jackets are now going to have to depend on redshirt freshmen Clinton Lynch and Qua Searcy and true freshman Omahri Jarrett to add depth to the position. The team also moved third string quarterback Matthew Jordan to A-back to help add some depth.
“He understands the offense, he’s a tough, physical guy, he’s a good runner, so we’ll throw him out there and see if he can adjust and let him learn the position,” Johnson said of Jordan. “He can still compete to be the third quarterback, but that’s what he’s going to be.”
The Yellow Jackets open the season on September 3 when they host the Alcorn State Braves.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Knox News