Gailey: ``100 percent sure'' Bilbo will remain at Georgia Tech

Updated: August 12, 2003, 8:49 PM ET

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey said Tuesday he is "100 percent sure" that demoted quarterback Damarius Bilbo will remain with the Yellow Jackets this season.

Bilbo has pondered the idea of transferring to a school that would let him play quarterback. Last week, Gailey abruptly announced that Bilbo, who had been working with the first team, would be switched to another position. He spent a day at running back, then moved to receiver.

Gailey and Bilbo had a long talk before Tuesday's practice and seemed to smooth over any hard feelings about the position change.

"It went well," Bilbo said. "We both got some things off our chest. We both understand where each other is coming from. He understands why I talked about transferring and I understand why he made the position change."

Bilbo didn't totally rule out the possibility of transferring.

"I'm just chillin' here at Georgia Tech," he said. "I'm enjoying being here with my team and just trying to prepare for (the Aug. 28 opener against) BYU. That's all I've got to say about that."

Gailey was convinced that his talk with Bilbo would make the sophomore forget about transferring. He is convinced Bilbo can still be an asset to the offense, perhaps in a "Slash" role playing both receiver and quarterback.

"I talked to him about where I thought he was and where I thought he could be," Gailey said. "We're on the same page."

Bilbo believes he'll still get a chance to play quarterback, which may persuade him to stay with the Yellow Jackets.

"I think I'm going to be back in the mix," he said. "Whether it's later in the season, whatever, I think I'll be back in the mix. Right now, Coach Gailey is doing what he feels is best for the team. I can't say I totally agree with him. It will take some time, but I'll get over it."

Reggie Ball continues to take most of the snaps with the first team, which makes it more and more likely that he will be the first true freshman to start at quarterback for the Yellow Jackets since Stu Rogers in 1980.

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