2001 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team

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2001 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets logo.svg
Seattle Bowl champion
Seattle Bowl, W 24–14 vs. Stanford
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
AP No. 24
2001 record 8–5 (4–4 ACC)
Head coach George O'Leary (8th season)
Offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien (1st season)
Offensive scheme Mixed Shotgun & Ace
Defensive coordinator Ted Roof (3rd season)
Home stadium Bobby Dodd Stadium
(Capacity: 41,000)
Seasons
← 2000
2002 →
2001 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 11 Maryland $   7 1         10 2  
No. 15 Florida State   6 2         8 4  
North Carolina   5 3         8 5  
Clemson   4 4         7 5  
No. 24 Georgia Tech   4 4         8 5  
NC State   4 4         7 5  
Wake Forest   3 5         6 5  
Virginia   3 5         5 7  
Duke   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2001 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team represented the Georgia Institute of Technology in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's coach was George O'Leary, who would leave the school before the bowl game to accept the head coaching job at the University of Notre Dame. It played its home games at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta.

Preseason[edit]

Coming off of three strong seasons (including 3 straight New Year's Day bowl appearances and 3 wins over the archrival Georgia Bulldogs), the Jackets were expected to contend for the national championship in 2001. In 2000, quarterback George Godsey had picked up where his predecessor Joe Hamilton had left off, passing for 2,906 yards and 23 touchdowns (against just 6 interceptions). Armed with targets like Kelly Campbell for his senior season, a number of preseason magazines named Godsey to 1st Team All-ACC honors, and pundits predicted that a loaded Georgia Tech team would win the Atlantic Coast Conference title with the departure of many key players from the defending champion Florida State Seminoles.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 26 2:00 PM vs. Syracuse* No. 10 Giants StadiumEast Rutherford, New Jersey (Kickoff Classic) ABC W 13–7   41,517
September 1 6:00 PM The Citadel* No. 11 Bobby Dodd StadiumAtlanta W 35–7   41,804
September 8 12:00 PM at Navy* No. 10 Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland FSN W 70–7   30,602
September 29 3:30 PM Clemson No. 9 Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta (Rivalry) ABC L 44–47 OT  41,924
October 6 1:00 PM at Duke No. 17 Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, North Carolina W 37–10   10,431
October 11 7:30 PM No. 22 Maryland No. 15 Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta ESPN L 17–20   40,574
October 20 3:30 PM NC State No. 23 Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta ABC W 27–17   41,942
November 1 7:30 PM No. 22 North Carolina No. 23 Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta ESPN W 28–21   41,893
November 10 3:15 PM at Virginia No. 20 Scott StadiumCharlottesville, Virginia L 38–39   52,494
November 17 12:00 PM at Wake Forest Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, North Carolina JPS W 38–33   24,263
November 24 7:45 PM No. 19 Georgia* No. 21 Bobby Dodd Stadium • Atlanta (Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate) ESPN L 17–31   41,974
December 1 3:30 PM at Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, Florida ESPN L 17–28   82,269
December 27 4:00 PM vs. No. 11 Stanford* Safeco FieldSeattle (Seattle Bowl) ESPN W 24–14   30,144
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

2001 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
TE 85 Salih Besirevic Fr
WR 8 Trevor Browman Fr
G 63 Tim Brown Jr
RB 35 Joe Burns Sr
WR 6 Kelly Campbell Sr
WR 5 Nate Curry So
RB 48 P. J. Daniels Fr
T 70 Nat Dorsey Fr
RB 2 Sidney Ford Jr
TE 89 John Paul Foschi So
QB 11 George Godsey Sr
WR 3 Will Glover Jr
QB 13 Andy Hall So
G 72 Brad Honeycutt Fr
TE 84 Will Hunter So
TE 88 Brian Lee Jr
FB 45 Ross Mitchell Sr
C 61 David Schmidgall Sr
WR 82 Jonathan Smith So
WR 9 Kerry Watkins Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 99 Omar Billy Fr
FS 22 James Butler Fr
CB 23 Joanthan Cox So
SS 4 Corey Collins Jr
LB 59 Matthew Eiheridge Jr
DE 44 Tony Hargrove Fr
DT 96 Gary Johnson Jr
FS 21 Marty O'Leary Sr
DE 38 Nick Rogers Sr
LB 51 Daryl Smith So
DE 56 Scott Wolf Fr
SS 33 Chris Young Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 4 Max DiPace Jr
P 30 Dan Dyke Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]