Meet the Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech (5-4, 3-3 ACC) will attempt to make it six straight over North Carolina (2-8, 1-5 ACC) in Atlanta Saturday at noon. Three of the last four meetings have been decided by eight points or less. The game will be televised regionally by JP Sports.

The Ramblin' Wreck has four national championships: 1917, 1928, 1952 & 1990; and 15 conference titles spanning the SIAA, Southern, Southeastern & Atlantic Coast conferences. Tech's Chan Gailey is a 26-year coaching veteran, with 12 of them coming in the college ranks and 14 in the National Football League.


Here's IC's weekly trip through the depth chart of UNC's next opponent.

Reggie Ball (5-11, 192, Fr.), a four-time ACC Rookie of the Week, is a remarkably poised true freshman who earned the starting job just four weeks after arriving on campus – the first in school history to start a season opener. Ball completed 140 of 269 pass attempts for seven touchdowns. He's also thrown nine interceptions.

Running Backs
P. J. Daniels (5-10, 205, So.), a former walk-on who was placed on scholarship last January, is currently ranked third in the ACC in rushing. In his last five outings, he is averaging 110 yards per game. Against Florida State, Daniels ran for 113 yards on 19 carries, including a 47-yard touchdown run. Last season in the win over Carolina, Ajenavi "Ace" Eziemefe (6-1, 225, So.) stepped in for an injured Tony Hollings and ran for 136 yards. Fullback Jimmy Dixon (6-1, 215, Jr.) has moved from the tailback position.

Wide Receivers

Jonathan Smith (5-10, 189, Sr.) is ranked second in the league and 17th nationally in receiving yards per game (96.0); averaging 17.1 yards per catch. He was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week following consecutive wins over N.C. State and Wake, during which he totaled 16 catches for 349 yards and two touchdowns. The second-leading receiver, Nate Curry (5-10, 190, Jr.), returned to the lineup this season after missing most of the last two with injuries. He had caught season-high seven passes for 76 yards and a touchdown versus N.C. State.

Offensive Line
Hugh Reilly (6-4, 285, Sr.), a preseason nominee for the Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center, has snapped the ball on all of Tech's 603 offensive plays this season. Nat Dorsey (6-6, 330, Jr.) may be best remembered by UNC fans for his stellar play versus Julius Peppers during the 2001 meeting. Guards' Andy Tidwell-Neal (6-4, 310, Jr.) and Brad Honeycutt (6-4, 305, So.), join right tackle Kyle Wallace (6-6, 290, Jr.) to round out the offensive front.

Tight Ends
John Paul Foschi (6-4, 270, Jr.) is known more for his dependable blocking, although he is the team's third leading receiver. Eight of his 16 catches have been for a touchdown or a first down. Backup Darius Williams (6-6, 260, Jr.) has played in all nine games and has three catches.


Defensive Line
Left defensive end Eric Henderson (6-3, 265, So.) is averaging a sack per game, which is tops in the ACC. He was a freshman All-America and All-ACC honoree in 2002. In second year as a starter, tackle Travis Parker (6-5, 275, So.) is third on the team with 13 tackles for loss. Gerris Wilkinson (6-3, 230, So.) is a former outside linebacker that moved to end after spring practice. Tackle Mansfield Wrotto (6-3, 300, Fr.) has nine tackles, including one for loss.

Keyaron Fox (6-3, 220, Sr.) is the leading tackler on a Tech defense that ranks among the Top 25 nationally in rushing, scoring and total defense. His 111 tackles (12.3 per game) leads the ACC. Before Fox took over the distinction, Daryl Smith (6-3, 235, Sr.) led the Yellow Jackets in tackles the previous two seasons. Ather Brown (6-3, 230, Jr.) is a versatile defender that can play all three linebacker positions.


Defensive Backs
One of 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back, free safety James Butler (6-3, 210, Jr.) leads the ACC in interceptions with five. He sealed win over Vanderbilt when he intercepted a pass in the first possession over overtime. Corner Reuben Houston (6-0, 195, So.) intercepted a pass in the end zone against the Seminoles and returned it 47 yards to set up a touchdown. One the other corner is Jonathan Cox (5-10, 190, Sr.), who leads the team in pass breakups. Strong safety Dawan Landry (6-2, 215, So.), a former left-handed quarterback, moved to defense in 2002.

Special Teams
Placekicker Dan Burnett 6-2, 220, Sr.) took over the starting position this season after backing up the record-setting Luke Manget for three years. He has hit 12 of 15 field goals and ranks fourth in the ACC with 1.33 per game. Either Hal Higgins (5-10, 185, Sr.) or Andy Thomson (5-11, 195, Jr.) will do the punting.

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