April 12, 2006
ATLANTA–As Georgia Tech continues spring football practice, a number of young players are trying to make an impact in the two-deep lineup, including backup center Trey Dunmon.
The Yellow Jackets held the ninth of their 15 spring sessions Wednesday at Rose Bowl Field. Spring practice continues with a workout Friday and then a scrimmage Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field.
Tech’s offensive line returns four starters, with former defensive tackle Mansfield Wrotto moving in as the fifth starter, along with center Kevin Tuminello, guards Matt Rhodes and Nate McManus and left tackle Andrew Gardner, but developing depth along the line is an emphasis this spring.
Dunmon, a 6-4, 285-pounder from Hawkinsville, Ga., is one of seven offensive lineman that Tech red-shirted last fall. He is working this spring as the backup to Tuminello.
“He’s a young player who had not played center; we moved him to center when he got here,” said Tech head coach Chan Gailey. “He’s got excellent toughness and good strength. He is lost right now, learning how to play the position. Centers have to make all the calls and are in charge of a lot, so he’s got to learn that and it’s going to take some time. He’s made very good progress, but he’s got a long way to go.”
Also working on the second team are Will Miller at tackle and Dan Voss at guard, along with sophomore tackle A.J. Smith and junior guard LeShawn Newberry. The most experienced player on the second unit is sophomore Jacob Lonowksi, who can play tackle or guard but is not practicing this spring after off-season surgery. He will be ready for the fall.
“I’ve been pleasantly surprised with Will Miller; he’s done some good things,” said Gailey. “Dan Voss has made some progress this spring. And A.J. Smith, even though he’s not one of the freshman, is another one who has made good progress. And LeShawn Newberry is a good player.”