Georgia Tech gaining confidence

What’s the good word? Just ask Georgia Tech B-Back David Sims.

“I think we can win the ACC this year,” he told ESPN.com in a recent interview. “Outright, without any sanctions or mess-ups from any other team. I feel we can win the ACC outright this year, and I also think we can actually beat Georgia this year.”

It’s confidence, not arrogance, and it’s about time.

For the past three seasons, Georgia Tech has been a pushover. In 2010, the Jackets finished 6-7, losing five of their final six games. In 2011, Georgia Tech’s eight-win season didn’t entirely capture the struggles that included five losses in the final seven games. And last season, when former defensive coordinator Al Groh was fired mid-season, the Jackets got smacked at home by Middle Tennessee, and were pounded by Georgia, 42-10.

This season, they’ve got 15 starters returning, a new defensive coordinator, and most importantly, some moxie and some leadership. Sims said the growth the team went through last fall will pay dividends this season.

“The year before, when we finished with a losing record, that team, it didn’t have that fight,” Sims said. “Last year we started off pretty rough and we kept fighting. We had a lot of young guys, first-time starters just now getting to play. That confidence is something we can build on. I think we built on that this spring. If we can translate that into this upcoming year, we can do some pretty amazing things this year.”