Allen: Georgia Tech's backfield to be even better in '09

February, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Georgia Tech had the No. 4 rushing offense in the country last year, the leading rusher in the ACC, and led the conference in both rushing yardage and total offense.

And yet Louisville transfer Anthony Allen said the Yellow Jackets were nowhere as near as good as they could be in their second season in Paul Johnson's offense.

"It didn't run smoothly," said Allen, who spent most of his time in the film room since NCAA transfer rules kept him out of games last year. "If you were in the meeting rooms after games, you'd see we have to make a lot of progress, but I'm very excited about the possibilities."

The possibility of Allen and B-back Jonathan Dwyer on the field at the same time could mean even greater headaches for ACC defenses. In two seasons at Louisville, Allen, who is listed as an A-back, rushed for 1,167 yards and scored 23 touchdowns (20 rushing, three receiving). In 2007, Allen set Louisville's single-game rushing record in the second game of the season with 275 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries.

With quarterback Josh Nesbitt and A-back Roddy Jones returning, and Allen and Richard Watson in the lineup, Georgia Tech will have one of the deepest, most experienced backfields in the ACC. It's possible Dwyer could see some time at A-back, which is more like a slot back. Allen said he has learned every position, just in case.

"There's three positions, really, that can touch the ball and run it," Allen said. "I was interested in learning all of them anyway. But I think, as much of a problem people think it will be for us, I think it's going to be more of a problem for teams we play because now they're not going to know what the hell's coming at them from where."

Allen said as long as Georgia Tech wins, he'll accept whatever role he's given, and that all of the running backs are content with sharing the spotlight.

"I just want to see how all of this is going to unfold," Allen said. "I think that's what everybody is waiting on. ... We're real excited about it because we know what can happen with this offense. Last year ... we were rusty running it. We were nothing like how Navy runs it. Once we get that crisp at running it, teams only run one or two defenses when they play against us. Us getting better over this offseason time is going to make us that much more effective and that much more dangerous."

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