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Georgia Tech Football Preseason: The Sporting News Ranks Yellow Jackets No. 21

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets begin fall camp gets underway this week and are projected to finish second in the ACC Coastal Division. As for a composite of top 25 preseason rankings Georgia Tech is on the outside looking in at No. 28

However, ovar at The Sporting News they have come out with their preseason top 25 rankings and they place Georgia Tech ranked at No. 21:

If the passing game develops with the newbies and the defense improves for third-year coordinator Al Groh, the Yellow Jackets could definitely push Virginia Tech in the Coastal Division. The schedule is a bit odd, with ACC contests in three of the first four games. If nothing else, the Yellow Jackets will know pretty quickly where they stand.

Coach Paul Johnson is encouraged by the improvement of individual players, including quarterback Tevin Washington. Right guard Omoregie Uzzi is likely to be an early-round draft selection.

One reason for the optimism is that running back Orwin Smith has declared himself 100 percent healthy and will be ready to have a big season.

For more on the Yellow Jackets check out From The Rumble Seat. For more college football news and notes head over to SB Nation's College Football page.

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