Georgia Tech: Not wanting to end Duke’s ACC losing streak
to win nine games with a bowl game victory,” said defensive end Michael Johnson. “Our heads are up. We just have to go out and win the next game and go from there.”
Johnson said the plans include a strong start against Duke.
“We’re really planning on jumping on these guys early and playing a great first half,” Johnson said.
Gailey heard boos from Tech fans late in the loss to Virginia Tech but a strong finish — including the Yellow Jackets’ first win over Georgia since 2000 — could salvage the season.
Tight end Colin Peek said players “always have a lot on the line, especially pride.”
“We’re looking forward to a lot,” Peek said. “Finishing .500 in the ACC is a big thing for us.
“Also, the Georgia game is a huge game, that’s enough. We’ve got these two games to build momentum and then we have Georgia at home and can hopefully shock the world or shock the state, at least.”
The Yellow Jackets hope to have ACC rushing leader Tashard Choice back this week. Choice, recovering from knee surgery, was in uniform but did not play against Virginia Tech.
Gailey said Choice would return to limited portions of Tuesday’s practice and increase his participation each day.
Gailey said Choice must perform well in practice and say he feels good before he’ll be cleared to play.
“I think we’ve got that kind of relationship that he will be honest,” Gailey said. “He knows the importance of this game, the importance of the rest of the games, and then his future. We’ve got to think about all of it. It can’t just be one-sided there.”
Freshman Jonathan Dwyer led Tech with 68 yards rushing against Virginia Tech while playing behind Jamaal Evans, who had six carries for only nine yards. Virginia Tech limited the Yellow Jackets to 105 yards rushing.
“Anytime you’ve got the leading rusher in the conference back on the field, it helps the psyche of your team,” Gailey said. “He’s one of your emotional leaders as well.”
Gailey said he is not using Duke’s ACC losing streak as motivation for his team.
“That’s not a big thing to me,” he said. “I think you build on your own positives of where you want to go, rather than building on someone else’s negatives.”