Yellow jackets Open Fall Practice

Defending champs Georgia Tech and coach Paul Johnson are confident about this season.

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Tech is opening practice with 14
returning starters from its 2009 ACC championship team but big
losses at some key positions.

The Yellow Jackets had four key juniors enter this year's NFL
draft: receiver Demaryius Thomas, running back Jonathan Dwyer,
safety Morgan Burnett and defensive end Derrick Morgan. That leaves
coach Paul Johnson having to replace his leading receiver and
rusher and defensive big-play leaders in interceptions and sacks.
The unquestioned leader is quarterback Joshua Nesbitt, who
rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 18 touchdowns last year as the
Yellow Jackets finished 11-3 and beat Clemson in the Atlantic Coast
Conference championship.
Georgia Tech has a combined 105 scholarship and walk-on players
for Thursday's first practice.