Monday, August 21, 2006

Yet another "Our Season Rests in Ball's Hands" Article

I know this is the most cliche GT storyline of the offseason, but at least it is someone other than the AJC telling us we are doomed. If nothing else, it reinforces that Calvin and Coach Gailey still have faith in Reggie. I remember that first Auburn game, when everyone was chanting his name. Those were the days. -yb

From The Star-News Correspondent, Wilmington, NC...

Rise, fall with Ball

By Andrew Jones
Star-News Correspondent

Calvin Johnson may be considered the nation’s premier wide receiver and Jon Tenuta one of the country’s top defensive coordinators, but Georgia Tech won’t reach its goals unless quarterback Reggie Ball finally reaches his potential.

Ball has started 36 consecutive games for the Yellow Jackets, and at times he’s been excellent, engineering wins over Auburn and Miami and two straight over Clemson. But he’s also been horrible, as displayed in bad losses last year to Virginia Tech and Utah and a 41-17 drubbing at Duke in 2003.

Tech has won 21 games, seven in each of Ball’s three seasons, while losing a total of 16. He completed 48 percent of his pass attempts last season for 2,165 yards, 11 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The athletic Ball has run for more than 1,000 yards and scored nine rushing touchdowns. But he’s a quarterback first, and he’s missed on more than half of his passes the last two seasons and has 37 career touchdowns to 41 interceptions.

So why should Tech fans expect something different this season?“Because Reggie knows what he’s doing,” Johnson said.

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