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Jackets ready to sting

August 2, 2003

Atlanta, GA.--Prior to taking the field for the first official time this school year, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets posed for a team picture and met with members of the media today in Atlanta.

The Jackets, who are coming off a 7-6 season in 2002, seem to already have their work cut out for them. Georgia Tech's biggest obstacle this year will be trying to rebound from losing ten scholarship players this offseason to academic ineligibility.

One of those players was Tony Hollings, who was leading the nation in rushing at the time of his season ending knee injury. Add to that the fact that the Jackets ended the year with two embarassing losses under first year head coach Chan Gailey, and you get the reason for Tech's preseason ranking of 8th in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

 But despite the low expectations, Gailey told the media today that the Jackets are looking forward to a new season and to proving everybody wrong.

Coach Gailey said, "I got one too. I am no different than they are. I got a little nasty feeling stuck in my craw about things. So, I am ready to go do something about it." Jonathan Smith said, "We are going to use that as motivation to do better and to strive for higher goals. It is a few setbacks but it is nothing we cannot work through." Daryl Smith said, "It would be just something great if we could prove everybody wrong and we are just ready to do it." 

Georgia Tech opens the season on the road August 28th at B.Y.U.

Posted by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com