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(All information as of July 1, 2005)
COACH AND PROGRAM
The Yellow Jackets have been buzzing about the 2005 season for a while, looking ahead to a return to the top of the college football hive.
But while there's lots of talent and experience on coach Chan Gailey's fourth team on The Flats, there are also some serious questions and some events that may conspire to break up the party. Tech was already scheduled to rebuild its always-reliable offensive line, but now the loss of two players on the defensive front may shake things up on that side of the ball, too.
And speaking of Ball, junior quarterback Reggie Ball is expected to continue his development and bring more consistency to team with his big-play panache. Only this year he has to do it behind that inexperienced offensive line.
Defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta's swarming Jackets were 12th in the nation in total defense a year ago, yielding just 297.9 yards per game, but Tech lost All-ACC safety James Butler, forcing some shuffling. Now defensive tackle Darryl Richard has been lost for the season with a knee injury and defensive end Travis Parker was lost to academic suspension, not the first time on Gailey's watch academic shortcomings have shortchanged his lineup.