Georgia Tech will open its 2011 football schedule with a Thursday night game against Western Carolina on Sept. 1, according to WCU. The rest of the ACC’s football schedule may be coming out this week. Georgia Tech’s opponents are already known:
The Catamounts went 2-9 overall, 1-7 in the tough Southern Conference last season. They averaged 16.5 points and allowed a whopping 34.5. The rushing attack was led by Decatur native Michael Johnson (611 yards), who will be a junior. The team was quarterbacked by Zac Brindise, a transfer from South Carolina. He passed for 1,405 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. After the season, coach Dennis Wagner fired offensive coordinator Keith Heckendorf and tabbed himself as the play-caller.
Tech coach Paul Johnson is a WCU alum (class of ‘79). The Catamounts are 0-4 against Tech, losing their last meeting in 1994.
Tech has won four consecutive season-opening games. It last lost to Notre Dame 14-10 in 2006 at Bobby Dodd.
– Doug Roberson, AJC