Tech Starts Practice, New Offense Unvieled

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday July 30, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- There's an interesting experiment going on at
Georgia Tech, where Paul Johnson is intent on proving the option
offense his teams ran so well at Navy can work in a major
conference.

The Yellow Jackets opened preseason practice today with their
new coach and an offense that might look more familiar in the
1970s. Most major schools go with more of a pro-style offense, looking
for balance between the running and passing games. But Johnson, who came to Georgia Tech after Chan Gailey was fired, decided to stick with the scheme that helped win two Division I-AA championships at Georgia Southern.

Johnson also guided Navy to 43 wins and a bowl game each of the
last five seasons before moving to Atlanta. He shrugs off those who
say his offense won't fly in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Johnson is the first to admit he faces a huge challenge getting
it installed at Georgia Tech -- not to mention winning over players
who aren't used to all the motion, fake handoffs and pitches that
are needed to make it work.

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