Johnson not the only ACC coach using the option this weekend

September, 5, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

So much has been made of Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson's offense that Jeff Jagodzinski's offense has gone somewhat under the radar.

And he's running the option, too.

With a 6-foot-4, 239-pound quarterback.

"He's a mobile guy," Jagodzinski said of quarterback Chris Crane. "I think what you have to do is take whatever you've got personnel-wise and put these guys in position where you can accentuate what they do well, and Chris is good out of the pocket and he's good on the move. We think he could be good on the edge, too. It's just another way to get the ball on the perimeter."

Saturday's game between Boston College and Georgia Tech marks the first ACC game of the season, and Boston College has watched film of Navy and Southern Mississippi to prepare. But the veteran players on the Eagles' defense are already all-too familiar with the big-play potential often overlooked in this offense.

Boston College linebacker Brian Toal said he expects the Yellow Jackets to be even better than Johnson's Navy team that fumbled the lead away in the 2006 Meineke Car Care Bowl.

"They've got a lot better athletes, faster players," he said. "We can't afford to get into a shootout with this team like we did against Navy.

"Everyone talks about our run defense," Toal said. "We'll find out how good it is."

Georgia Tech came out passing in the season opener against Jacksonville State, though, and only ran the triple option about six or seven times.

"I think last week we had eight plays over 20 yards and we missed out on some other opportunities," Johnson said. "Our longest scoring drive last week was two minutes."

Still, Jagodzinski is expecting everything Johnson's playbook has to offer.

"The scheme itself just presents challenges because of the option and the different phases the option represents," Jagodzinski said. "You've got the quarterback, you've got the dive, you've got the pitch, and you have to make sure that you're playing sound, fundamental assignment pure football. If somebody doesn't do that assignment, that's where defenses break down. If the defender is assigned to the quarterback and he takes the dive, you've got the quarterback running down the field untouched. The challenge you have during the week is simulating the speed at which it comes at you ... The first one or two series, they're going to get up to speed pretty quick."

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