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Prediction: 7-5

Head coach: Chan Gailey
1st year
Overview: New head coach Chan Gailey is walking into one of the stranger coaching changes in college football history replacing the fiery and demanding George O'Leary and getting the job over player favorite Mac McWhorter. Unfortunately for Gailey, there will be no grace period from the fans inheriting a team loaded on defense and with great potential on offense.
2002 Schedule
*Predicted Wins in Bold
Aug. 31 -
Sept. 7 - at
Sept. 14 - at
Sept. 21 - BYU
Sept. 28 - at North Carolina
Oct. 17 - at
Oct. 26 - Virginia
Oct. 26 - at Duke
Nov. 2 - at NC State
Nov. 9 -
Nov. 16 - Duke
Nov. 30 - at Georgia
Tech has won 42 games over the last five years and while it doesn't get the respect of many top programs, has a staying power that many bigger names across the country can only dream of. Now Gailey's job is simple: Maintain or get better. The Yellow Jackets couldn't seem to get over the hump and become the dominant player in the ACC, but Gailey and staff are just good enough that they might be able to do what the previous regime couldn't and win the conference. Best Offensive Player: Sophomore OT . He dominated the ACC as an 18-year-old true freshman playing like a seasoned veteran against and other conference stars. It's scary to think how good he might become. Best Defensive Player: Senior DE . FS and LB are candidates for several post-season honors, but Gathers is the star of the show as one of the nation's best pass rushers and a top pro prospect. Key player to a successful season: QB . With no proven running backs to take the heat off him, he'll have to produce right away. With one of the ACC's deepest receiving corps, he'll have the weapons to shine. The season will be a success if: finishes in the top two in the conference. The ACC isn't that strong as almost every team, other than , appears to be taking a slight step back. There's too much talent on defense and potential on offense not to finish just behind the Noles. Key game: Nov. 9 vs. . With only Duke remaining on the ACC schedule after the showdown against FSU, this could be 's chance at the ACC crown. 2001 Fun Stats:
  • registered ten sacks in 2001. UNC superstar made nine.
  • (15) and (13) were 2nd and 4th respectively in the ACC in passes defended.
  • had three of the ACC's top seven receivers in receptions per game.

    Final Thoughts: It's rare that a team loses its star quarterback, running back and number one receiver yet is still considered in the running for the conference title and it's all thanks to 's marvelous defense. Nothing's going to be handed to the Yellow Jackets in the ACC going on the road to play , North Carolina, and NC State, but they've got enough talent and experience to pull off at least two wins in those games. Winning the ACC is a little too lofty a goal with so many skill position replacements, but teams who don't take Tech seriously are going to get burned.

    Georgia Tech Offense Preview | Georgia Tech Defense Preview

    Ten Best GT Players
    1. OT , Soph.
    2. DE , Sr.
    3. LB , Jr.
    4. FS , Sr.
    5. PK , Sr.
    6. LB , Sr.
    7. CB , Sr.
    8. WR , Jr.
    9. WR , Sr.
    10. WR , Sr.

    2002 Recruits

    Star of the class
    George Cooper TE 6-5, 255 Westerville, (Westerville N)
    Ranked the No. 46 prospect on SuperPrep's Midwest 142 . . . Rated the No. 11 tight end in the nation in SuperPrep's preseason edition . . . Ranked the No. 16 tight end prospect in the nation by Student Sports Magazine . . . Coached by Bob Cavin at Westerville North High School. Instant Impact Players
    David Jordan PK 6-4, 195 Columbus, Ga. (Brookstone)
    Xavier McGuire WR 6-4, 210 Dallas, (Carter)

    Other 2002 Recruits
    Brad Brezina DL 6-3, 265 Greensboro, Ga. (Athens Academy)
    Lekeldrick Bridges WR 6-2, 175 Dallas, (Hillcrest)
    Ajenavi Eziemefe RB 6-2, 225 New Orleans, La. (Edna Karr)
    I-Perfection Harris DB 6-1, 180 Staten Island, N.Y. (Polytechnic Prep)
    Michael Matthews TE/DE 6-4, 245 , (Sycamore)
    Zeb McHargue OL 6-5, 300 Gray, Ga. (Jones County)
    Terron Pullen DL 6-3, 260 Wrightsville, Ga. (Johnson County)
    Chris Reis DB 6-1, 200 Roswell, Ga. (Roswell)
    Michael Sampson RB 6-1, 190 Lewisville, (Lewisville)

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