Originally created 08/17/00

O'Leary happy with Tech's progress



ATLANTA -- Their opening game is 11 days away, so a little stadium time was in order for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, who held a 120-play scrimmage at Bobby Dodd Stadium Wednesday.

It was not especially revealing, and head coach George O'Leary said there were few surprises. with the positive quality of producing no injuries.

"It was a typical scrimmage after 15 or 16 practices," said O'Leary. "There were some good things."

No. 1 quarterback George Godsey continued to distinguish himself, completing 10-of-15 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown, a 60-yard bomb to Kerry Watkins. But he said there are mistakes that the Jackets need to eliminate before their Aug. 27 season opener against Virginia Tech.

"We moved the ball well," said Godsey, "and then all of a sudden you kill yourself with a mistake. We can't afford to have that happen in the games."

Godsey is becoming increasingly comfortable in the Jacket offense, and while he was critical of the offensive effectiveness, he felt good about his own performance Wednesday.

"I was pleased with how I did," he said. "There were a few errors, but those things are going to happen. That's what the scrimmage is for."

O'Leary remains steadfast in sticking with Godsey.

"He made some throws," said O'Leary. "There were a couple of drops, but he looked good."

Backup quarterback Andy Hall, who made a serious run at the starting job in the spring, was also impressive, completing 6-of-9 passes for 76 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown strike to Jon Muyres, who got behind the secondary on the left sideline and had an easy sprint to the end zone. Hall also saw time with the first unit during the scrimmage, which was governed by a set of game officials and the use of the stadium clock.

Running back Joe Burns, returning from a broken ankle suffered in last year's Florida State game, was pulled out after just four carries that netted 21 years. Sean Gregory, the Jackets' leading rusher in 1999, carried 14 times for 51 yards against the Jackets' No. 1 defense.

"Sean did some decent things out there today. I think we're ahead of where were were at this time last year," said O'Leary. "I'm pleased with some of the things I saw."

Perhaps the biggest disappointment came in the kicking game, where the Jackets had two kicks blocked, one by sophomore tackle Berwyn Echols and one by safety Chris Young.

The Jackets will spend the next four days fine-tuning their own schemes, and they begin preparations for Virginia Tech on Monday, the same day they begin classes.