Georgia Tech's New Coach Debuts In Spring Game

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Saturday April 19, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, aware there are
some fans who have doubts about his option offense, could have let
his starters put up big numbers against backups in today's T-Day
spring game.

Instead, Johnson had the first-team offense wear white jerseys
and line up against the starting defense, wearing blue. The defense
had the advantage in the Blue team's 24-7 win at Bobby Dodd

Quarterback Josh Nesbitt fumbled on the first snap for the White
team, setting the pace for the often sloppy play in the first
public showing of the new spread option offense installed by
Johnson, the first-year coach.

Johnson said he designed the intrasquad scrimmage to help his
team prepare for the 2008 season. Calvin Booker, competing with Nesbitt for the starting job, completed 5 of 8 passes for 109 yards and two touchdowns for the Blue team. Booker, who also threw an interception, threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Smith in the second quarter and a 48-yard pass to Kevin Cone in the fourth quarter.

Jonathan Dwyer led all rushers with 12 carries for 59 yards.
Jamaal Evans scored on a 43-yard run for the White team's only

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