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Jackets open fall practice

August 4, 2006

Atlanta - the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have big expectations in this 2006 college football season.  

The season officially started Thursday when head coach Chan Gailey put his Jackets through the first practice of the fall.

The big reason why there is optimism at Tech is that the Jackets return all-American receiver Calvin Johnson, quarterback Reggie Ball and seven starters on the offensive and defensive lines.

The Jackets will need that experience since the open the season at home against Notre Dame.

Cornerback Kenny Scott said "We just feel that it is big chance for us to kick off the season in the right way and continue to on the next couple of weeks and get a couple of big games under our belt and hopefully get 11 or 12 wins this year."

Former Deerfield-Windsor star Wayne Riles was on the practice field on Friday.

The Jackets hoping Riles, who missed last year with a back injury, will provide some needed depth at the tight end position.

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