Brian Bohannon on Georgia Tech offense

Greetings-

Sorry for the delay. This took a little longer to put together than I anticipated. Anyway, quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon fielded questions about last Saturday’s game and the one coming up Tuesday after practice. Lots of interesting stuff about both games, David Sims and Tevin Washington and the offense in general.

Q: What’s your take on N.C. State?

A: They’re a good football team. They’ve had some tough injuries, but they’re a good football team and they came in here and they got after us pretty good a year ago and they’ve got some of those same guys there. Obviously, they’ve lost some key players and positions but they’re a good football team that got embarrassed on TV and they’re going to come back fighting like all get out to redeem themselves.

(Two cents: I am pretty miserable at predicting games, but I think the fact that the Wolfpack will have a lot to play for could well make the game closer than most Tech fans probably think, or at least they’ll give the Jackets more of a game than maybe most might expect looking at the numbers. The Cincinnati game says something about their team, but I wouldn’t think they will play as badly as that game.)

Q: How did  David Sims do against North Carolina? Coach (Paul) Johnson said he took all but one snap.

A: He did O.K. He did alright. That was his biggest workload. For all of them. The quarterback (Washington) took every rep. David took all but one rep but I think it was good for him. We hadn’t been in one of those (close games), but I think he did a good job. We won the game, and I thought our kid played their tails off, (but) I don’t think we were as sharp as maybe we would like to have been. A couple turnovers, penalty, key third down, there was just some things here and there if we could have executed even a little better… We left some points out there offensively.

(Two cents: Sims was much more productive in the second half than he was in the first. He had 15 yards on five carries in the first half, then eight carries for 56 yards, including a 22-yarder, in the second. He also threw a block that sprung Roddy Jones on his 48-yard run on the game-winning drive. I think coaches really want to see him bust some long gainers. I mean, of course they do, but I think they think he’s got it in him.)

Q: Is this maybe a week that, given N.C. State’s injuries on the line and its production from the outside linebackers, that David might get more carries?

A: I think a lot of that just depends on when you get into the game, what the flow of the game and what the flow of the defense (are), how they dictate what we’re going to do. And I think that’s the neat thing about what we do right now is you don’t know whose week it’s going to be. You get out there and you go play and Stephen might have a big game or Orwin (Smith) has a big game or Tevin.

Whoever it is, and we’ve got a good group of guys right now that are very unselfish and not worried about who gets what. They’re just out there trying to win. We’ll kind of play that see what they do and see how it unfolds.

(Two cents: It’s interesting – one of the biggest concerns prior to the season was who would replace all of the yards that Jonathan Dwyer and Anthony Allen gained out of the B-back spot. The answer, at least so far, is four or five guys.)

Q: Do you ever have an idea going into a game of who’s going to get a lot of touches?

A: Sometimes you have an idea, but you really don’t know until you get in the game and see how things, how it kind of flows. Once you get in the game and Coach (Paul Johnson) kind of gets in a rhythm of calling based on what they’re doing, then you kind of get an idea of what’s going to happen. We may have an idea but we don’t really ever know until you get into the game.

(Two cents: My prediction for Saturday is that Washington and Sims go above their season averages for carries, 12 and 11, respectively. Mostly basing that on last year’s game and the fact that N.C. State’s line is decimated.)

Q: With the North Carolina game, did the defensive scheming go the way you had anticipated, making Tevin try to beat them?

A:Yeah, maybe a little bit. I’m not sure that’s exactly it. They played the same way they’ve played for three years. They lined up the same. One thing they’ve done is they line up in their defense and you’ve got to go block ‘em. You’ve got to make some people miss and you’ve got to make some plays. And as things developed, Tevin was going to have to make some runs just the way things were unfolding.

I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a scheme to put the ball in his hands and make plays. I think that’s just the way the thing unfolded as the game went on. But every year we’ve played them, the quarterback has had to make some tough runs to win the game.

And I told him that at halftime I said, ‘You’re going to have to make some runs. I don’t know what play it’s going to be.’ It’s just, every year we’ve played them and you go back and look at the years with Josh, for us to win, he’s made some tough runs at critical times.

When you’re playing a good defense like that, you’re going to have to make some plays at times like that.

(Two cents: Part of me doesn’t understand the logic of why you’d keep doing something that, from a productivity and certainly a win-loss standpoint, hasn’t really worked for North Carolina. Tech has averaged 450 yards of total offense in the past three games, all Tech wins. But I think there’s a lot of sense in doing your thing and trying to do it well. Maybe doing something differently would simply be reactionary and would result in even worse performance. I’m going to guess that, if Tech put up low numbers against an opponent for two or three years in a row, Johnson wouldn’t try anything radically different with the offense.)

Q: Coach (Al) Groh said Monday that N.C. State is consistent in what they do offensively. Is the same true of the defense?

A: We only got one year with them so we haven’t faced them as much as maybe a North Carolina or somebody. Obviously, we expect what they did last year because they did a good job against us so I don’t know why they would change a whole lot of what they did given the success that they had a year ago. But you don’t ever know. Some [defensive] coordinators, they get ideas in their mind and want to try stuff. I would expect the same thing.

(Two cents: Kansas evidently did, showing a different look even before the game got out of hand. You could make the case that that’s an example of why doing one thing might be advantageous. Small sample size, of course.)

Q: How many times did you run the triple option Saturday?

A: I believe we ran it four or five times. Not a bunch.

(Two cents: Not sure what there is to say here. That was my question.)

Q: What’s a typical number?

A: It just depends. The way North Carolina, the way they were set up defensively and the way their scheme was, they were giving us some things other than that and that’s kind of the way it’s been some games. I think the Middle (Tennessee State) game, we probably ran it the most, but it hasn’t been a ton. It just kind of depends on what they’re giving us and what we can do.

(Two cents: It’s obviously early, and this isn’t a very novel observation, but it just seems like this offense is going to be very tough to stop. Maybe the answer is to take away the triple option and hopefully you have enough speed on the perimeter to limit tosses, options and play-action, but not every defense can do that. North Carolina kind of did it for a half – save the play-action pass to Hill, plus the Tar Heels got some help from Tech – but couldn’t sustain it for the whole game.

Q: Were there games last year you ran it 20-plus times?

A: Twenty would be a pretty high number. I think in the Middle game, we were probably around 10 or so. I can’t remember exact numbers. Depending how it’s going, you can get 15, 18 times, just depending on the flow of the game.

(Two cents: I was going to toss out a higher number. A big save from my colleague Larry Hartstein, whose reports for cbssports.com I recommend reading. I would not be good on “The Price is Right.” Speaking of which, I saw it the other day and a woman won four cars on one of the games. Must be a killer on taxes, though. And what do you do with four cars? I would hope to win a jet ski or maybe a giant television.)

Thanks for reading. Sorry it’s a little later than I intended. I’ll have something up after practice around 9.

Matt Winkeljohn’s write-up on Jeremiah Attaochu for Sting Daily.

Jon Cooper’s look ahead at the N.C. State game for Sting Daily.

Wilmington Star News story about N.C. State’s dire straits. One defensive lineman in the two-deep is a walk-on who isn’t even in the media guide.

A column in the Raleigh News & Observer (and Charlotte Observer) gushing about the Tech offense. Wolfpack coach Tom O’Brien said the Jackets are throwing so much more that it’s “mind-boggling.”

You might have seen this, but fun to look at. It’s an interactive map showing how AP voters around the country gauged various teams in the poll.

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200 comments Add your comment

Not Disappointed

September 28th, 2011
12:35 pm

Go Jackets!! Keep Winning!

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 28th, 2011
12:40 pm

BigTimeTechFan

September 28th, 2011
12:40 pm

Oh Bohannon is the man, he’s really getting the “system” down.
Love the comment:

“Whoever it is, and we’ve got a good group of guys right now that are very unselfish and not worried about who gets what. They’re just out there trying to win”

That pretty much somes up how Tech is playing

Delbert D.

September 28th, 2011
12:41 pm

Ken – I’m confused here. Is “running the triple option” defined strictly as the B-back dive fake, and then the QB read to keep and pitch to the A-back? If Washington were to keep instead of pitch, is that not strictly running the triple offense? In the UNC game, Tech obviously made a lot of plays without going through through that progression, with passes and quick tosses.

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 28th, 2011
12:42 pm

Hope to see plenty of ” AIR TECH “

5150 UOAD

September 28th, 2011
12:46 pm

On the Road will be a big test, but I think will be fine. Just have to keep players healthy too.

BigTimeTechFan

September 28th, 2011
12:46 pm

Delbert D.

I think you close: TO is when QB runs 1 play with 3 options, B Back, keep, or pitch

They have not run that much, just set plays like toss sweep, or counter sweep, B-Back up the middle (no option, A-Backs are blocking)

5150 UOAD

September 28th, 2011
12:49 pm

Do you guys think Coach Johnson will please teach us Tech Fans “How to Cheer” like coach Richt did for the dawg fans?

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 28th, 2011
12:49 pm

Delbert D, Wikipedia has a great explanation.

BigTimeTechFan

September 28th, 2011
12:49 pm

NC Stete beat tech pretty good at home last year. But Russell Wilson was big key, he made a lot of plays on second effort. He’s real good.

Gannon has nice are and will go down field more the UNC’s QB, should be another close game for Tech, hope they pull it out

Innocent Bystander

September 28th, 2011
12:50 pm

Not sure what I’d do with four cars myself. One for every week of the month, I guess. Good luck with those windfall taxes.

Thanks for the write-up, Ken!

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 28th, 2011
12:51 pm

Richt is embarrassing UGA. There’s something wrong with him.

juvenal

September 28th, 2011
12:52 pm

ah, Ken, worth at least a nickel……i feel vindicated by Tevin’s play about griping at not using him more last year, when josh’s only dimension was being shut down…Super, any thoughts about going to a smaller, quicker NT? outfit debuts next game, too hot last one, usually hit North stand vendors half-time….

BigTimeTechFan

September 28th, 2011
12:58 pm

Watch for Laskey to return a punt for TD, I feel he’s going to bust one soon

Delbert D.

September 28th, 2011
1:00 pm

BigTimeTechFan – We ran the triple option in HS, the belly series out of the T-formation. If the QB gave the ball to the FB, it was still the triple option. What I guess I’m seeing is that Tech is using the same formation to run multiple offensive schemes. What I’m wondering is whether the linemen have been taught several new blocking techniques and assignments.

A couple of times against UNC, I saw the left A-back split out much further in the slot than usual.

Navy has a wrinkle where one of the A-backs goes in motion and then stops and lines up as a tailback. Their A-backs also line up tight to the OT’s, usually directly behind them, a bit different from Tech.

5150 UOAD

September 28th, 2011
1:01 pm

I keep telling Laskey to go watch more film of Kelly RHINO and stop Fair catching so many. LOL

Tech Man

September 28th, 2011
1:02 pm

So the writers in our own state don’t even have us in the top 25? No surprise here.

AGTFan53

September 28th, 2011
1:08 pm

Another great interview. Still really like the format with your two cents worth. And including all the links to other articles of interest is great. Ken is quickly becoming a favorite web destination for me.

GT Joe

September 28th, 2011
1:12 pm

I said it after game 2. Tevin is better than Nesbitt. This is the season!

juvenal

September 28th, 2011
1:18 pm

QB’s told me at media day they do actually have a shotgun play……

Mrb

September 28th, 2011
1:21 pm

I agree with you Ken. This game could end up closer than many Tech fans think. NC State is like a wounded and cornered animal. I’m sure they’ll come out fighting and trying to avenge last weeks debacle. I watched that game. State looked like they were sleep walking. If we let them hang around, look out.

That said, if Tech can step on them early and keep their foot on the Pack’s neck, with their injuries, things could get out of hand.

Jacket Man

September 28th, 2011
1:23 pm

If you look at the Carolina video from last week, we ran a lot of unbalanced sets rather than starting out in our normal TO formation. My guess is that, depending on what Tenuta starts to throw at us, Paul Johnson has already devised a few tricks up his sleeve based on how the Jackets were defended from last season. With so many injuries on NC State’s defense coming into Saturday’s game, I suspect a lot of misdirection to see how they respond and then try to hit them with the pass early because they may sell out to stop the run on first and second downs.

juvenal

September 28th, 2011
1:27 pm

so if the QB keeps, is that not counted as the first option of the triple?

Honest and Frank Discussion

September 28th, 2011
1:28 pm

“Two cents: Kansas evidently did, showing a different look even before the game got out of hand. Which, granted, wasn’t very long into the game. You could make the case that that’s an example of why doing one thing might be advantageous. Small sample size, of course.”

It was a close game at halftime. What are you talking about Ken?

GTfan

September 28th, 2011
1:29 pm

Interesting that GT is ranked the lowest by AP voters in their own state than anywhere else in the county. The state of Georgia AP voters does not have GT ranked. If you did not think a UGA bias existed before, nothing is more obvious than this. Teams are usually ranked higher in their own state dur to the inherent bias and locals wanting to see their teams ranked higher. Usually helps the media in the state also because they would be covering a “higher” ranked team.

Anon

September 28th, 2011
1:32 pm

Ken, I have been impressed with your coverage this year. Where have you been?? You seem to take the time to get inside info from players and coaches.
On another note, I see Laskey getting more comfortable and increasing his returns. Hope the offense and defense continue to improve each week. Going to be hard for the offense to do better, but there is always something that they can review and work on after each game.

Anon

September 28th, 2011
1:34 pm

The qb keeper is not the first option in the TO. In the TO, the second option is the QB.

Tech Man

September 28th, 2011
1:34 pm

Did a little research… The State of Georgia only has 1 AP voter – Seth Emerson from the Macon Telegraph. You might know him as the UGA beat writer for the MT. He was the only pollster that had us unranked. Classy.

Also, the 1 pollster that voted UGA in the top 25 was John Wilner from the San Jose Mercury News. He voted them as #18 and ahead of UF. I can only guess that Messrs Emerson and Wilner are best of friends.

Let’s go Jackets! It’s payback time for last year!

5150 UOAD

September 28th, 2011
1:37 pm

Why is there a Writer in Macon? Can anybody Read in Macon. LOL

juvenal

September 28th, 2011
1:37 pm

thanks, Anon, so, still, if the QB keeps it 12 times, is that not 12 more times the TO is used, as opposed to 5 or 6?

juvenal

September 28th, 2011
1:39 pm

Ken was obviously a bigger gun than was needed for GStU…….

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 28th, 2011
1:40 pm

I think what CPJ meant was they were calling plays for Tevin and David that didn’t allow or require options.

yeller bug

September 28th, 2011
1:40 pm

Speaking of formations—there’s one where Tech has the standard B-back and two A-back configuration but they put both WR to one side of the field. Technically the inside WR is not an eligible receiver as he’s “covered” by the outside receiver and the off-side tackle is now an eligible receiver. I don’t know if one day CPJ will throw a ball to that tackle, but what’s more interesting is that the defense puts a LB out there to cover. There’s nothing to cover unless it’s a quick pass to the outside receiver and you have a blocker out there. Any thoughts from ye formation aficionados?

DawginLex

September 28th, 2011
1:42 pm

Bohannon is a Dawg

Y’all realize that?

How long before that starts showing?

Don’t worry. We’re everywhere. Gainesville. Knoxville.

Takes a strong person to work for your employer no matter how much you once hated them.

This is getting as bad as all the auburn folks we hired and vice versa.

just ribbin’ y’all a little

Later

DawginLex

September 28th, 2011
1:43 pm

Betting window is now open

GT 42
NCSU 30

UGA 28
MSU 24

Alabama 23
Florida 14

Clem and his son 27
VT 23

DawginLex

September 28th, 2011
1:45 pm

Just realized, time for one of my favs

“ain’t gonna be no plowing in South Carolina this week. Clempson’s got a road game. Tractors gotta leave on Monday.”

i will not quit my day job

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 28th, 2011
1:46 pm

yeller bug, not only that but Sims has to pass at least once to give the DC something else to think about.

Anon

September 28th, 2011
1:46 pm

If Tevin carries it on the follow play, it is not a triple option, so that would not count. The TO is strictly a give/fake to FB up the middle, then ridng down the line and either cutting up field if the defense takes the pitch man or pitching it if the defense crashes on the QB. They only count that specific play as running the TO. All the toss sweep or straight FB dives etc. don’t count.

5150 UOAD

September 28th, 2011
1:48 pm

Bill Lewis is the UGAer I wish I had never heard of.
Bohannon is not the Head Jacket though, LOL

juvenal

September 28th, 2011
1:48 pm

GIVE, that’s what i mean, many wrinkles to this if they are just calling straight dives & keeps…..did that against uga in ‘09 as i recall, yeller, tackle tried to get fancy & “juked”….Lex, most folks in this country, just takes $$$…

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 28th, 2011
1:48 pm

Dawg, I hope NCST can’t put up 30 on Tech. That would be a bad day.

Born2Buzz

September 28th, 2011
1:48 pm

The thing to remember about David Sims is that this will only be his 5th game as a RB. Basically a freshman playing a brand new position. He’s getting better and better with every rep.

As Coach said, with every game the competition gets ratcheted up a notch. Even if NC State looks down, they were a dominate team last year and still have some talent. And it’s our first ACC away game. Don’t put the ball on the carpet and get after the QB and we will be fine.

Anon

September 28th, 2011
1:49 pm

DawginLex, some pretty good predictions there. I doubt you would lose money with those bets. Not sure about Clemson away from Death Valley, but won’t disagree with your choice.

1 4 GT

September 28th, 2011
1:49 pm

Delbert D. Sorry, but it didn’t register with me on your comment about “the big C”. Hearty Congrats. THWG

Anon

September 28th, 2011
1:52 pm

yeller bug, don’t know if I’ve paid attention to it, but if either receiver is a step off the line, then they are still eligible.

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 28th, 2011
1:56 pm

Don’t they still have to tell the officials of a tackle eligible play?

T3

September 28th, 2011
1:56 pm

I’m thinking:

GT: 49
NCST: 20

Clemson: 40
VaTech: 20

juvenal

September 28th, 2011
1:56 pm

got to have 7 on the line, right? funny unc fell to the 10 second penalty, was it because they weren’t set 3 seconds?

5150 UOAD

September 28th, 2011
1:59 pm

I am not sold on DABO at Clem&Sons. They have plenty of speed and a good OC, but Dabo is Bobo with a lil more money and responsibility

Anon

September 28th, 2011
2:00 pm

UNC fell to the 10 sec rule because the wide receiver was late getting back to position for the snap and spike.
I thought they split an A back to the other side on the line, but would have to look at a replay on GT