Georgia Tech (7-6, 4-4 ACC)

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September 03, 2004|By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG | KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG,SUN STAFF

Georgia Tech (7-6, 4-4 ACC)

Strengths: The Yellow Jackets have 14 starters returning and have a talented sophomore quarterback in Reggie Ball, but the team's real strength is the running game. P.J. Daniels led the conference in rushing last year with 1,447 yards and wore opponents out with his bruising style. Daniels, a former walk-on, ran for 307 yards and four touchdowns in a rout of Tulsa in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Weaknesses: Georgia Tech is talented, but the squad might be a year away from challenging for the title. All three linebackers from last year's team graduated, and safety James Butler will need to knock down a lot of passes if the Yellow Jackets are going to stop teams through the air.

Key game: at Clemson, Sept. 11. If the Yellow Jackets can beat the Tigers, they could be 3-0 heading into a game against Miami.

Extra point: Georgia Tech is one of just five football-playing Division I-A schools that does not refer to itself as a "university." The others are Army, Navy, Air Force and Boston College.

2004 schedule

9-4 Samford 1

9-11 at Clemson 8

9-18 at North Carolina 6

10-2 Miami TBA

10-9 at Maryland TBA

10-16 Duke TBA

10-28 Virginia Tech 7:30

11-6 at N.C. State TBA

11-13 Connecticut TBA

11-20 Virginia TBA

11-27 at Georgia TBA

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