2004 Georgia Tech Football Season Preview

<b>Head Coach:</b> Chan Gailey (3rd season, 14-12, 38-23 overall) <br><br> <b>Last Season's Record:</b> 7-6 (4-4, T-4th place in ACC) <br><br> <b>Last Bowl Appearance:</b> 2003 Humanitarian Bowl (52-10 win over <A HREF=http://tulsa.TheInsiders.com>Tulsa</A>) <br><br> <b>Key matchup(s):</b> Oct. 2 <A HREF=http://miami.TheInsiders.com>Miami</A> (Fla.), Oct. 28 <A HREF=http://virginiatech.TheInsiders.com>Virginia Tech</A>, Nov. 27 @<A HREF=http://georgia.TheInsiders.com>Georgia</A>.

Star Power: Reggie Ball QB 5-11 195 SO; P. J. Daniels RB 5-10 210; Nate Curry WR 5-10 195 SR.

Notable Additions: WR Calvin Johnson (Sandy Creek HS) Tyrone, GA; DE Darrell Robertson (Jonesboro HS) Jonesboro, GA; DT Darryl Richard (Destrehan HS) Destrehan, LA.

Notable Subtractions: C Hugh Reilly; OT Nat Dorsey; TE John Foschi; ILB Daryl Smith; OLB Keyaron Fox.

Notable Returnees: James Bulter 6-3 210lbs FS senior; Jimmy Dixon 6-1 225lbs FB senior; Levon Thomas 6-0 195 lb WR senior.

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Offensive Overview: Incumbent sophomore QB Reggie Ball and junior tailback T.J. Daniels are leading the Yellow Jacket offensive for the 2004-05 season. Ball set school records as freshmen for passing yards (1,996) and total offense (2,380) completing 51.7 percent of his passes. While Daniels provided much balance on the ground averaging 111 yards per game becoming moving up to 12th on the Yellowjakcets all-time rushing list. The receiving corps add highly recruited Calvin Johnson, 6-4, 215, freshmen who will contribute immediately with his size and athleticism. The offensive needs improvement where they'll struggle to replace All-ACC center Hugh Reilly and three-year starter at LT Nat Dorsey.

Defensive Overview: The Yellow Jackets return seven starters on defense where they look improve on last years (7-6) record. Henderson and Parker anchor a young but experienced defense line, while the secondary seems to be in good shape three of four starters. This unit will improve as the season goes on.

Special Teams Overview: Special teams welcome redshirt freshmen Travis Bell, who opted to play football over soccer scholarship offers from Clemson. The punting game though inconsistent last fall looks to improve with the Kyle Belcher challenging for the position.

The Yellow Jackets will return to a bowl game this year if... Reggie Ball and T.J. Daniels have productive seasons. The defense, though young, looks to be vastly improved.

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