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Jackets Head for Idaho

Dec. 29, 2003

The Georgia Tech football team held its final practice in Atlanta Monday, and the Yellow Jackets will depart early Tuesday morning for Boise, Idaho in preparation for Saturday’s Humanitarian Bowl.

In its school-record seventh straight bowl game, Tech (6-6, 4-4 ACC) takes on Tulsa (8-4, 6-2 WAC) Saturday at 12 noon ET at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN, while local radio coverage will be available on WQXI 790 AM and WTSH 107.1 FM.

“We have had a lot of very good practices,” said head coach Chan Gailey, the first Tech head coach to lead the Jackets to bowl games in each of his first two seasons.

“Whenever you have this much time to prepare, there is a lot of familiarity on both sides. But I’m sure they’ll have some new wrinkles for this game, and so will we.”

The Yellow Jackets depart for Boise with one new player. Freshman quarterback Taylor Bennett graduated from high school in two weeks ago and will enroll at Tech next week, so he is accompanying the team to the bowl game.

A lefthander, Bennett, 6-3, 200, hails from St. Louis, Mo., where he prepped at Lafayette High School.

“He’s a big, tall lefthanded kid who has a great release,” said Gailey. “He only played quarterback one year, but he understands the game very well.”

“I think it’s good if a guy wants to do it,” said Gailey of players enrolling in January. “I would never push a player to do that, but if he’s eager and ready and wants to come in early, then I’m all for it.”

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