Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Footall: CFN.com gives props to GT

In their latest pre-spring ACC outlook, here's what they said about GT:

Georgia Tech
Spring practice starts March 11, Spring Game April 16

What needs working on ... Hanging on to the ball. The offense isn't nearly good enough to overcome the loss of 30 turnovers. The attack could use a little more punch averaging 22 points per game only getting over the 28 point mark once before the 51 point explosion over Syracuse in the Champs Sports Bowl.

The most important position to watch is ... Quarterback. Reggie Ball always seems to step up just when it looks like he's about to get axed. The bowl game was his audition for 2005 and he was brilliant completing 12 of 19 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 38 yards and a score. Even so, he'll have to hold off Taylor Bennett. Bennett is more of a pure passer and doesn't have the mobility Ball possesses.

Spring attitude... This is a good enough team to be this year's Virginia Tech. Even with the loss of safety James Butler, the defense should be among the nation's best. If RB P.J. Daniels can stay healthy for an entire season, this is the sleeper for the ACC title.

In addition, CFN.com lists us as BCS contenders - link here.

16. Georgia Tech 2004 Record: 7-5 ACC
Chan Gailey's fourth year in Atlanta should be one to remember as one of the nation's best defenses gets ten starters back from the Champs Sports Bowl winner. Tackle is the biggest issue on offense, but the skill players will be outstanding as WR Calvin Johnson is poised for an All-America caliber season as long as QB Reggie Ball can be more consistent. There are too many good running backs to backup P.J. Daniels.
Biggest offensive loss: WR Nate Curry Biggest defensive loss: FS James Butler