Ge­or­gia Tech: Not want­ing to end Duke’s ACC los­ing streak

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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.”

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