ATLANTA -- The position that has the most uncertainty for Georgia Tech this season is wide receiver. A program that has produced the likes of Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas and Stephen Hill has produced a big question mark there this fall.
And while Georgia Tech will never be confused with a run-and-shoot as long as Paul Johnson is the football coach, the Yellow Jackets still need guys who can catch the ball. Needed are possession receivers, as well as someone who can provide an occasional deep threat to keep the opposition honest.
Incumbents Jeff Greene (18 catches) and Jeremy Moore (10 catches) are both gone. Greene left Tech and will try to earn a spot on the roster at Ohio State. Moore opted not to return for his senior season.
That leave only two players with game experience -- juniors Darren Waller and Corey Dennis, who are penciled in as starters. Redshirt freshmen Micheal Summers and Travin Henry are listed as second on the depth chart.
Waller is the guy with the most physical ability. At 6-foot-5, 228 pounds, the junior is a gifted athlete. But he still hasn't proven that he can consistently catch the ball during competition. Last year Waller played in all 14 games, starting 10 of them, and averaged 20.2 yards on eight receptions.
"He has all the intangibles and if he can put it together, he can be a quality player," Johnson said.
Dennis (6-3, 203) had a good spring and has embellished his reputation to catch the ball. He was already considered an excellent blocker, something that Johnson requires from his receivers. Dennis has played special teams the last two seasons.
Summers (6-1, 190) was almost used a year a true freshman, but the staff opted to keep him as a redshirt. Henry (6-3, 210) averaged 21 yards per catch during his senior season at high school; he missed spring practice because of an injury.
That leaves guys like Macon's DeAndre Smelter in contention for playing time. Smelter (6-3, 210) has played baseball the last two season and last spring decided to switch his concentration to football.
"He's an exciting kid," Johnson said. "I'm looking forward to seeing him in fall practice."
Even true freshmen Ricky Jeune, who some observers believe could be Tech's next deep threat, and Antonio Messick have a chance to play.
Tech will be without Anthony Autry, who appeared ready to step forward and take a spot when he suffered a knee injury. Autry has game-breaking ability. He caught a 53-yard pass against Clemson and a 45-yard touchdown against Boston College.