ATLANTA-- Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson spoke with the media on Wednesday as the Jackets get ready for the first true road trip of the year to Miami. Jackets head coach Paul Johnson spoke with the media on Wednesday about how practice has been going and how he expects the Canes to defender his spread option attack.
"We went in shells and that is what we always do in a bye week. We got some stuff done in the last week and a half, so we will see on Saturday," Johnson said.
Johnson said that his team has used the game film from 2016 as a guide to how Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz plans to attack the Tech offense.
"“It comes back to what every game does – it’s about explosive plays, which is really their greatest threat," Diaz said after Miami's practice on Wednesday. "Everyone thinks about the run game, I think they’re fifth in the country in yards per pass attempt and they normally are. They’ve only thrown it 33 times in four games, but when they do, they get yards. They’ve got guys down the field that can go get it. The quarterback throws it down the field better than you wish he did. It’s the constant threat of explosive plays. Tackling is super important. Our secondary was outstanding tackling in that game a year ago, and will have to be again. There’s very little margin for error.”
Two costly fumbles recovered for touchdowns cost the Jackets the 2016 contest in Atlanta.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I think teams are trying to take the dive on the option, but we've been pretty good in the center/guard box so they want to run guys to the perimeter and when you do that, you got to hit them inside," Johnson said.