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

yeller bug

September 28th, 2011
3:54 pm

Delbert D—sorry, missed your commentary as you pointed out moving the off-side A back to the line, but watch this week, there’s two or three times a game where the A-backs are “backs” and the two WR line up on the line to one side of the field. The defense seems to adjust to cover when it’s not required.

juvenal

September 28th, 2011
3:59 pm

yeller-threw to tackle vs. uga in 09, go back & look at tape….gt4, other than NT, D not that bad-sadly, it all starts with the NT…….

1 4 GT

September 28th, 2011
4:01 pm

My hs coach chewed me out for intercepting a pass as DT once—too far from endzone to score–got run down by a RB–bout 7-8 ft from qb when he released–what the heck was I standing up much for–LOL

Anon

September 28th, 2011
4:03 pm

Yeller bug, I think they do the quick pass to the outside guy if the corner backs off and the inside receiver is responsible for keeping the linebacker inside and letting the wide guy stiff arm the corner. That way, it doesn’t matter if he’s covered.

gt4ever

September 28th, 2011
4:05 pm

and it’s not so bad against the run, but look out when they pass the ball…. Automatic first down…

Delbert D.

September 28th, 2011
4:09 pm

yeller bug – In the NFL, the refs have to call out that the tackle is eligible (”Number 74 is eligible.”) I don’t know if I’ve noticed that in college football. Bob Davie usually fills in any perceived vacancy in sound to the point of over-talking important stuff.

Flap Jacket

September 28th, 2011
4:12 pm

reins come off of Laskey this week…look for big things out of him this week in the return game.

gtfanfrom1951

September 28th, 2011
4:14 pm

The wheels come off for Clemson 17 VT 35.

Delbert D.

September 28th, 2011
4:18 pm

1 4 GT – One of the oddest plays I made in HS was on a kickoff. It went down to about the 25 yard line, and when the return guy caught it I was about 5 yards away. He looked at me and his eyes got big, and I kept going and picked him up on the spot, just lifted him off the ground. The ref blew the whistle and I let him down.

1 4 GT

September 28th, 2011
4:22 pm

Delbert D. Sounds like good form tackle to me…You shoulda done a “Blind Side” ala Michael Oher on him & carried him to the end zone for TD

GT71

September 28th, 2011
4:26 pm

THe B back plays always work better in the 2nd half. Tired Ds. Happen every year. Well for that matter the whole offense runs better in 2nd half. Same reason.
And this will NOT be a walkover. I agree – State will be mad as heck. And at home. Big test.
Wouldn’t be surprised to see a bit of Smith at QB in 2nd half along with Zenon at A back. Smith’s bigger and more bruising than Tevan and Zenon can scoot around corners against tired D.
And yes, if the back goes wide and B gtes ball in belly as QB reads, it’s still triple option.
My 2 cents.

BS Patrol

September 28th, 2011
4:27 pm

Has anyone checked out the doggie blog today? There are still some Kool-aid drinkers who think they would be 4-0 if CMR had taught them to cheer properly before the season.
Hilarious!

Tech Man

September 28th, 2011
4:28 pm

I do not care if Laskey calls a fair catch every single punt, just catch the ball like your life depended on it and let the offense take it from there. Also, Laskey watching footage of Kelly Rhino would be useless, because Rhino played when the defense had to give him a 3 yard halo by rule. That rule is gone now because of returners like Rhino who knew that he could always get positive yardage because the defenders could not get near him.

GT71

September 28th, 2011
4:28 pm

And Clempson leaves Death Valley and get the ‘P’ knocked out. Too bad – don’t like Virginia Poly much at all.

Delbert D.

September 28th, 2011
4:30 pm

Check out SI’s rankings by Andy Staples this week. Georgia Tech is #18, but read Staples’ corresponding Top 25 American literary classics imbedded in his discussion of each team. Tech’s is Tom Wolfe’s, “A Man in Full”.

1 4 GT

September 28th, 2011
4:32 pm

Clemson is a long term rival. They are much improved since the Frank Howard days. He & Dodd were good friends.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 28th, 2011
4:33 pm

1 4 GT, I am just a week shy of being 3 months older than you (August 8). We must have been in the same class at Tech. Wonder if we knew each other.

BigTimeTechFan

September 28th, 2011
4:37 pm

COASTAL DIVISION
School Conference Pct. Overall Pct.
Georgia Tech 1-0 1.000 4-0 1.000
Duke 1-0 1.000 2-2 .500
North Carolina 1-1 .500 3-1 .750
Virginia Tech 0-0 .000 4-0 1.000
Virginia 0-1 .000 2-2 .500
Miami 0-1 .000 1-2 .333

Delbert D.

September 28th, 2011
4:38 pm

1 4 – It has been a mystery to me for many decades why I did that. Thinking back on it now, since we’ve been discussing the triple option, I played at DE in practice, assigned to tackle the QB on every play, so they could practice the pitch. Rather than KO our own QB repeatedly, I’d just quickly front up to him and wrap my arms around him. That must have been what led me to make that “dream tackle” on the kickoff. It just seemed the thing to do, without thinking about it. I ran back to the sidelines, and the coaches were just staring at me, puzzled.

1 4 GT

September 28th, 2011
4:39 pm

Supersize, I didn’t go to Tech but 2 quarters. I was working at Lockheed and started taking courses after working & saving money, got married @ 19. Lockheed reimbursed 80% of books & tuition and it became easier to go to S Tech with a new wife & wanting to be with her as much as possible. After S Tech, I decided to go to GSU. Went to & worked 6 1/2 yrs.

1 4 GT

September 28th, 2011
4:40 pm

left out school

Supersize that order, mutt

September 28th, 2011
4:41 pm

Guess we didn’t know each other then, 1 4 GT. LOL

BigTimeTechFan

September 28th, 2011
4:42 pm

Stephen Hill is so good he even catches the ball when TW is throwing it away

Supersize that order, mutt

September 28th, 2011
4:44 pm

I don’t think TW was throwing it away, but it wasn’t his best pass by far

1 4 GT

September 28th, 2011
4:45 pm

Maybe we can meet in the future @ 1 of the games or maybe sooner. Do you ever go fishing? The only thing I enjoy as much as football—on 2nd thought————–both take a back seat to———————

BigTimeTechFan

September 28th, 2011
4:50 pm

Back seat to what?????

lol

Supersize that order, mutt

September 28th, 2011
4:50 pm

No, not a fisherman

5150 UOAD

September 28th, 2011
4:53 pm

Sushi I bet.

1 4 GT

September 28th, 2011
4:57 pm

Ken Sugiura

September 28th, 2011
5:07 pm

juvenal – lanier is on the o-line. given that he switched over, i’d say at least part of it was because it wasn’t working out at NT. t.j. barnes is the no. 2.
if laskey returns better, it’ll be because he gets better blocking support. he’s shown he’s willing to stick his nose in there.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 28th, 2011
5:15 pm

Ken, why are your posts not highlighted now? That’s always been an indicator that it’s really you and not somebody stupid enough to pose as you

Supersize that order, mutt

September 28th, 2011
5:22 pm

1 4 GT, I got a phone call and wasn’t able to finish my response to you about meeting sometime. I would love to meet any of you guys whenever possible; it almost seems like we know each other already from all the postings. I actually met 5150 UOAD and btgt69 last weekend, and I met macrotech about a month ago. The funny thing about macrotech is that we knew each other about 15 or 16 years ago but had not heard from each other at all since then. So thanks to the Ken Sugiura social network (LOL) and old friendship was renewed.

19

September 28th, 2011
5:23 pm

I bet it smells like sushi…LOL!!!

5150 UOAD

September 28th, 2011
5:24 pm

I will say I Like our chances better without Russell Wilson at QB for NCSU

Supersize that order, mutt

September 28th, 2011
5:24 pm

19 !!!! You didn’t !!! LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

September 28th, 2011
5:24 pm

5150, I think that’s an understatement

19

September 28th, 2011
5:25 pm

Happy Birthday to Larry Munson! Whatever you say he was one of the best!

5150 UOAD

September 28th, 2011
5:26 pm

I wonder what kind of Hot Seat O’Brian will be on if Wisconsin Wins the Big 10 or plays for the Big 10 Championship after telling Wilson he need to go elsewhere to play.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 28th, 2011
5:26 pm

Munson was one of a kind, but I sure don’t think he was one of the best. I HATED hearing him call games

Supersize that order, mutt

September 28th, 2011
5:27 pm

5150, it wasn’t quite that simple, but I agree that O’Brien will have to take the blame for it.

GT9

September 28th, 2011
5:29 pm

NC State is 109th in the nation in rushing. Glennon has a great arm and throws a good looking pass. He’s thrown for 1079 yards this season. He threw for over 300 yards against Wake and Cincinnati. He could make us look real bad in a hurry. TJ Graham is a very fast, dangerous receiver. Without a running game though, we might get double digit sacks.
With the depleted defensive personnel, we might get double digit yards per carry and double digit touchdowns.
Tom O’Brien is a good coach and he’ll have the Wolfpack ready.
See you guys in Raleigh. The last time we played up there, it was night game and it got below freezing. That was a very cold night.

Go JACKETS!

5150 UOAD

September 28th, 2011
5:33 pm

People make loud noises when the other team has the ball trying to call plays/snap the ball. Cheer when our team does something good. That is your Football 101 class for the day. Next we will be covering how much a 3 point basket is worth in Basketball.

JM

September 28th, 2011
5:33 pm

Sorry, but the NC State’s dire straits link is wrong…

1 4 GT

September 28th, 2011
5:34 pm

not when it’s V…………..

1 4 GT

September 28th, 2011
5:35 pm

or at least young

Supersize that order, mutt

September 28th, 2011
5:35 pm

Supersize that order, mutt

September 28th, 2011
5:36 pm

OMG, 14 GT, you guys are embarrassing me. LOL

5150 UOAD

September 28th, 2011
5:38 pm

a V? Now days that is what a 12 year old? Kids growing up too fast and the High School and Middle School teachers are getting all the best stuff first. LOL

19

September 28th, 2011
5:39 pm

5150, that’s called proper fan participation.lol
JM, I like the assessment! lol
Go Jackets!!

Gorilla Biscuit

September 28th, 2011
5:46 pm

“People make loud noises when the other team has the ball trying to call plays/snap the ball. Cheer when our team does something good. That is your Football 101 class for the day. Next we will be covering how much a 3 point basket is worth in Basketball.”

Too bad you can’t teach your AD to keep his mouth shut.