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Georgia Tech Has New Leader

Taylor Bennett Taylor Bennett
Gary Guyton Gary Guyton

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will look a lot different this season. Taylor Bennett takes over the reins of the offense after 4 years of Reggie Ball at quarterback. Bennett got a taste of starting in the Gator Bowl... passing for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. But... He knows it's going to be a lot different as the starter.

"As a backup, you still have tons of responsibilities to backup the starter," said Bennett. "Now, it's just a different role you have to play. It's new to me. Hopefully, I'll get the hang of this and carry it on through the fall very good, I guess."

Coach Chan Gailey knows that the experience in the Gator Bowl will help Bennett this season, "He's played well when he's had the opportunity. I think he's going to be a very good quarterback. But, time tells on those things."

"I think we have a lot of confidence in him because he started a game against connecticut and did very well in that game and then coming back in the situation he was down in the gator bowl, he did well and gave us a chance to win the football game," said running back Tashard Choice. "Coming out in the spring, he looked really well in the spring. Coming into the fall and coming out of the summer workouts he worked really hard and he's focused on the task at hand. I guess the whole team sees that and we really believe in him."

The defense is led by former WTOC Super 11 All-Star, Gary Guyton. The players know they're going to be counted on to do their jobs this season. "We have the defense to lead this team to the ACC championship," said defensive tackle Darryl Richard. "We feel we have the defense to win an acc championship. We got there last year, but we feel we have the defense that can actually win the game this year."

"Even though we have starters coming back, we have experience behind those starters," said linebacker Phillip Wheeler. "We have people who didn't quite start, d-lineman vance walker, we've got michael johnson. We've got a lot of experience out there and that's what i think you need to win championships."

Reported by: rick snow, rsnow@wtoc.com

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