Offense, defense better for Jackets

ATLANTA --- With one week remaining before next Saturday's T-Day Spring Game, Georgia Tech showed signs of improvement on both sides of the ball in its 12th spring practice at Bobby Dodd Stadium.


Most of the two-hour practice was dedicated to scrimmaging. While Tech had too many fumbles for head coach Paul Johnson 's taste, the ball hit the turf much less often than a week ago, and the offense more than held its own against the defense.

One of the standouts Saturday was redshirt freshman quarterback Bryce Dykes , a non-scholarship player from Atlanta and Norcross High.

With sophomore QB Josh Nesbitt still nursing a sore groin, Dykes took advantage of his playing time by running for a pair of touchdowns, one for 55 yards.

Senior defensive end Michael Johnson batted down at least four passes and had a sack. Senior defensive tackles Darryl Richard and Vance Walker both had sacks. Sophomore B-back Jonathan Dwyer had three long runs.

FLORIDA: Chris Rainey ran for 75 yards and a touchdown, added a 65-yard scoring reception, and was the biggest star of the spring game. The 5-foot-9, 177-pound running back teamed with Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow to help the Blue team beat the Orange squad 28-14.

ALABAMA: John Parker Wilson passed for 265 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Crimson to a 24-14 win over the White before an announced crowd of 78,200 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

MISSISSIPPI: Little-used reserve running back Cordera Eason rushed for touchdowns of 44 and 46 yards and the Blue team beat the Red 40-14 in the Grove Bowl scrimmage. Houston Nutt' s debut as coach drew a record 28,311 fans, 5,000 more than attended last season's home game against Northwestern State.

Virginia Tech: Kenny Lewis , counted on to be the starting tailback after Branden Ore was dismissed from the team, will be sidelined 4-6 months with a shoulder injury.


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