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Gailey Takes Reins at Ga. Tech

With 131 consecutive extra points under his belt, the senior is on pace to set a new NCAA record for PATs. The record of 161 is held by former Tennessee kicker John Becksvoort.

And lucky for new coach Chan Gailey, in addition to Manget are 15 other returning starters, who will be key in Tech's quest for a sixth consecutive bowl berth. Gailey brings 28 years of coaching experience, the last eight seasons of which were spent in the NFL, to the equation.

Georgia Tech, which finished last season 8-5, opens its season against Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Ready to improve on last year are Kerry Watkins and Will Glover, both who rank in Tech's top 20 for catches made. Watkins, Glover and Jonathan Smith combined for 136 receptions, 1,810 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

But not included in the last seasons' highlight reel are the quarterback candidates. Gailey has two options: junior transfer A.J. Suggs or redshirt freshman Damarius Bilbo -- and has said Suggs will start but both will see playing time.

The real question marks for Gailey come with the team's depth.

"It's not that we don't have some players that we think will be able to help us; it's just that they're not tested," he said of his offensive line. "They haven't played."

With experience in most parts, Gailey is optimistic that with a little more practice, Tech will be ready by Saturday.

"We'll turn our attention to Vanderbilt toward the end of this week," Gailey said. "Right now we're still in the installation and fundamental mode."

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