The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have taken a few hits in their receiving corps over the summer and heading into the final few weeks of the offseason. The team knew that they had to do something in order to have enough talent at the position for their opening game. It seems like they are allowing the position to fall into the hands of a freshman who was the last person to sign a scholarship with the team.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, freshman receiver Brad Stewart could be looking at his first career start once the season rolls around. Head coach Paul Johnson talked about Stewart and what is going on with injuries.
“It’s real possible,” Johnson said Monday after practice. “If we played today, he’d start, with Mike (Summers) out.”
Summers and walk-on receiver Brandon Oliver are both out with unknown injuries, but neither are believe to be serious. That left the team with just five active receivers at Monday’s practice, not counting two walk-ons who were used on the scout team.
The five are all pretty young receivers with two of them being sophomores Ricky Jeune and Antonio Messick and the other three being true freshmen Stewart, Harland Howell, and Christian Philpott. Jenue is slated to start alongside Summers, but with the latter being out, that opens the door for Stewart to take a position, who has filled in nicely so far.
“He’s done some good things,” Johnson said of Stewart. “We need to get more consistent, more consistent with his responsibilities and plays, but, yeah, he’s made a lot of plays.”
The Yellow Jackets open the season on September 3 when they host Alcorn State.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to AJC