Tech Week: Monday News and Notes

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's news and notes from Georgia's fall practices.

PATIENCE: Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta makes it tough for opponents to run the ball at times, or at least tough for them to want to run it, Georgia coach Mark Richt said.

"You could talk yourself out of running the ball on certain things you see, so we have to make sure we're ready to run the ball against certain looks regardless of the outcome," he said. "They're going to guess right and hit something in the mouth every once in a while, and we're going to guess right and hit a big run every once in while."

Richt has done a good job of sticking with the run in his previous four matchups against Tenuta. The Bulldogs have averaged 39.5 running plays and 27.3 passing plays in the last four years against the Yellow Jackets.

Richt's offense ran up 552 yards in its first meeting with Tenuta, in 2002, but has averaged just 277.7 in the last three games.

WHERE DOES IT RANK?: The question inevitably comes up this time of year. Are the Yellow Jackets Georgia's biggest rival? It all depends on who's answering the question.

One man's opinion: "Tech is definitely the biggest rivalry because we interact so much with those guys and see them so much," said senior defensive tackle Ray Gant, who went to high school in North Carolina. "Most everybody is from Georgia, and that's what they look forward to, so that rubs off on guys like us from out of state."

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