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Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:41am
By: Accsports Staff

December 16, 2002

Georgia Tech: Beyond The Bowl

Departing Players

Starters (12):
RB Gordon Clinkscale, SS Cory Collins, P Dan Dyke, WR Will Glover, TE Will Heller, CB Marvious Hester, PK Luke Manget, FS Jeremy Muyres, PR/DB Kelley Rhino, RG Raymond Roberts-Blake, WR Kerry Watkins, LB Recardo Wimbush

Other Contributors:
LB Matthew Etheridge, PH Hal Higgins, TE Brian Lee, DT Gary Johnson, P Chris Morehouse, DE Fred Wright

2003 Returning Starters

Offense (5):

Pos. Name Ht./Wt. 2003 Class
QB A.J. Suggs 6-4/220 Sr.
LT Nat Dorsey 6-6/315 Jr.
LG Leon Robinson 6-4/310 Jr.
C Hugh Reilly 6-4/285 Sr.
RT Kyle Wallace 6-5/280 Jr.

Defense (7):

DT Alfred Malone 6-4/290 Jr.
DT Travis Parker 6-3/254 So.
DE Eric Henderson 6-3/260 So.
DE Tony Hargrove 6-4/255 Jr.
LB Keyaron Fox 6-3/220 Sr.
LB Daryl Smith 6-2/230 Sr.
CB Jonathan Cox 5-10/185 Sr.

Special Teams (0)

Other Tested Returnees

QB Damarius Bilbo, WR LeKeldrick Bridges, WR Nate Curry, RB P.J. Daniels, FB Jimmy Dixon, RB Ajenavi Eziemefe, TE/FB John Paul Foschi, RB Tony Hollings (2002 starter/injured), OL Brad Honeycutt, FB Jonathan Jackson, WR Mark Logan, OT Jeremy Phillips, WR Jonathan Smith, WR Levon Thomas

LB Ather Brown, DE Greg Gathers (2001 starter), CB Reuben Houston, DT Reggie Koon

Projected 2003 Strengths

Tech appears set along both lines. Offensively, only Roberts-Blake must be replaced among the starters, as Dorsey and Robinson return as the most powerful one-two blocking punch in the conference. Defensively, all four starters return, as does backup Koon and the school's all-time sack leader Gathers, provided he can overcome the kidney ailment that caused him to miss most of the 2002 season. Linebacker should be solid for another year, giving Tech an experienced front seven. There are many options at receiver and running back, where a bunch of youngsters gained experience in 2002.

Projected 2003 Questions

Will Hollings and Gathers return to their pre-injury level? Will Suggs and/or Bilbo provide an above-average solution at quarterback? Will whoever wins the QB job have enough playmakers around him? Will the lines be as good as they should be? Will Daryl Smith, an amazing athlete with superstar potential, rebound from an average season? Can the secondary replace three starters, particularly at safety? Who will punt and kick and return punts and kicks? Will Chan Gailey's second season be more productive than his first? Will the coach take more control of the offense, at the expense of coordinator Bill O'Brien? How much slack are fans and media willing to give after a disastrous end to the 2002 regular season?