Originally created 09/09/06

Jackets cautious of trap



ATLANTA - Georgia Tech's schedule lists Samford as this week's opponent.

Yet tailback Rashaun Grant said the Yellow Jackets must remember to read the fine print.

"We call that a trap game," he said. "When you get a team like Notre Dame and all the hype one week and then you play a team where there is not as much hype, you have to refocus."

Samford-like teams ambushed a couple of Georgia Tech's peers last weekend. Duke and Colorado lost to Division I-AA opponents on the season's opening Saturday.

A similar upset at 3:30 p.m. today in Bobby Dodd Stadium is unlikely. Georgia Tech's 14-10 loss last week to then-No. 2 Notre Dame should sharpen the team's focus, head coach Chan Gailey said.

"I think we realize we don't need to take anything for granted," he said.

Assuming the Yellow Jackets avoid an emotional letdown this weekend, Samford is a perfect nonconference opponent. The Bulldogs run a wide-open passing offense that will test a Jackets secondary that needs experience.

Samford played three quarterbacks who completed passes to eight different receivers in a 37-7 win last week against Miles College. Georgia Tech cornerback Pat Clark said the Bulldogs won't change their game plan this week.

They will throw and throw and throw again, much like Notre Dame's Brady Quinn did last Saturday.

"We are expecting that from every team we play, considering everyone thinks we have a weak secondary," Clark said.

"But that's not going to do anything but get us better and prepare us for the teams down the road in the ACC."

Georgia Tech's offense could use the work too.

Georgia Tech rolled up yards early last week. The offense totaled 188 yards and scored 10 points on its first five possessions against the Irish, but the Yellow Jackets struggled after halftime. Once Notre Dame keyed its defense on wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the Jackets gained just 71 yards and failed to convert a third down.

"There's no doubt we can go out there and execute," Nix said. "It's our job to score more than 10 points. It's my job as coordinator to get more than that."

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