Originally created 04/09/00

O'Leary narrows decision



ATLANTA -- Though he didn't budge on naming a starting quarterback, Georgia Tech coach George O'Leary liked what Andy Hall showed under pressure on Saturday.

Hall, a redshirt freshman from Cheraw, S.C., is battling George Godsey to succeed Heisman Trophy runner-up Joe Hamilton. In completing 9-of-16 passes, Hall helped account for 228 yards and two touchdowns in Georgia Tech's spring scrimmage at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

"I was happy to see Hall make some plays," O'Leary said. "He can take a bad play and make it a good play."

The Yellow Jackets, 8-4 overall last year and 5-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, will practice twice more before concluding spring workouts on Wednesday.

They open the season on Aug. 27 at Virginia Tech, which was unbeaten last season before losing in the national championship game against Florida State.

The only Yellow Jackets quarterback with game experience, Godsey also was effective Saturday, completing 7-of-10 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown -- a 4-yard pass to tight end Russell Matvay.

Godsey, a junior from Tampa, Fla., etched his name in Tech lore five months ago by recovering Luke Manget's blocked field goal attempt in overtime. On the next play, Manget kicked a 38-yarder to beat Georgia 51-48.

"Godsey is not making any mistakes," O'Leary said. "He's not going to get you in a bad situation. Hall is going to make some mistakes, but I think he showed today that he has the ability to take a play and something out of it, which is the key to being a good quarterback."

Also Saturday, sophomore tailback Joe Burns re-aggravated his right knee. Burns, who recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on the knee, has not played since breaking his right ankle at Florida State in the second game of the season.

A former standout at Thomas County Central High, Burns had a 16-yard touchdown run before leaving.

"It was more precautionary than anything else," O'Leary said. "It didn't look too bad."

Kelly Campbell, a junior All-America candidate, finished with three receptions for 146 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown. Senior Jon Muyres caught two passes from Hall -- a 39-yard touchdown and a 33-yard completion down to the 1-yard line.

Defensively, ends Nick Rogers, Felipe Claybrooks and Fred Wright combined for two fumble recoveries, two tackles for lost yardage and three sacks.

Manget converted four of five field goal attempts -- including one for 50 yards and another for 45.