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Jackets to Scrimmage Saturday

Aug. 20, 2004

ATLANTA–With the season opener just two weeks away, the Georgia Tech football team will hold its final preseason scrimmage Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field.

“It will be all situational,” said Tech head coach Chan Gailey, whose Yellow Jacket open Sept. 4 against Samford at 1 p.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium/Grant Field.

Fans attending the scrimmage should enter through Gate 4 and sit in the West Stands, with no field access permitted. However, in the event of rain, the scrimmage could be moved to the artificial turf at Rose Bowl Field.

Several projected starters will miss the scrimmage with minor injuries, including center Andy Tidwell-Neal, guard Brad Honeycutt and safety Dawan Landry, but all are expected back next week.

Junior Gerris Wilkinson continues to progress in his development at middle linebacker after moving there in the spring. The 6-4, 230-pounder started every game last fall at defensive end.

“He’s come a million miles since the first day we moved him there in spring practice,” said Gailey. “He comes out to get better every day. He learns and gets better every day. He’s got a purpose in mind when he walks on the field, and that’s why he’s getting better.”

Wilkinson’s experience as a defensive end, where he recorded 12 tackles for loss and four sacks, increases his versatility as a linebacker.

“He certainly knows the ins and outs of inside play and outside play, which is really going to help us,” Gailey said of the Academic All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection. “He can do a lot of things. He can come off the edge, he can come up the middle, he can do a lot of different things.”

Gailey announced that sophomore linebacker Nick Moore has left the team.

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