Originally created 09/23/05

Ball looking much better after practice



ATLANTA - Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball looked much better in practice Thursday, taking a majority of snaps with the first team and looking as though he will be ready to play at least part of Saturday's crucial game against Virginia Tech.

Ball missed last week's victory over Connecticut after coming down with viral meningitis, ending a streak of 27 consecutive starts.

The No. 15 Yellow Jackets (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) desperately need Ball for one of their biggest games in years against fourth-ranked Virginia Tech (3-0, 2-0).

Ball got very limited work in the first two practices of the week, the coaching staff not wanting to risk a relapse of the illness that put the junior in the hospital for two days. But he stepped up his routine on Thursday.

"He's a lot better," coach Chan Gailey said. "He had a good practice and did a lot more than he did in days past. I'm very encouraged."

Redshirt freshman Taylor Bennett started against UConn and got most of the work with the first-team offense on Tuesday and Wednesday. That wasn't the case on Thursday.

"They shared the snaps," Gailey said. "Reggie probably had a few more with the (first team) than Taylor."

The Yellow Jackets designed their game plan to accommodate both quarterbacks playing.

CLEMSON-GEORGIA SERIES: Clemson and Georgia have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2013 and 2014, the schools said.

The two teams first played in 1897 and most recently played a two-game series in 2003 and 2004 with Georgia taking both games.

The Bulldogs will travel to Clemson in 2013 and the Tigers will go to Athens the following year.

VIDEO REPLAY: The NCAA has approved the use of video replay review of on-field officials' calls during all 28 Division I-A bowl games.

The NCAA is allowing the use of video replays at all schools and conferences this season after the Big Ten used it for the first time last year.

Mark Womack, chairman of the NCAA's postseason football subcommittee and executive associate commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, said Thursday the use of replays during bowl games would create consistency with regular season games.

"It is the goal of everyone to have the best officiated bowl games as possible and we think instant replay will assist us in reaching that goal," he said.

Nine of 11 Division I-A conferences are using some form of video review this season. In July, the Collegiate Commissioners Association asked the NCAA to permit the use of the Big Ten's video review system in all bowl games.