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New offense catching on for Tech

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By Mike Shiers - bio | email

July 3, 2008

MACON, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Tech football team will have an entirely new look on offense this season, as Paul Johnson begins his first year as Yellow Jackets head coach.

Johnson will have a challenge in front of him, as Tech lost 13 seniors, including running back Tashard Choice and quarterback Taylor Bennett, who transferred.

The coach is known for his triple-option flexbone offense, with Johnson's teams at Navy leading the nation in rushing each of the last three seasons.

Such a run-heavy offense could spell doom for the Georgia Tech receivers, but sophomore Correy Earls says he isn't worried.

"It's not as bad as people think, or as bad as people make it seem," says Earls.  "Coach (Paul) Johnson is still going to get the ball to the play makers. It may be a run-oriented offense, but we're still going to do what we have to to win."

Navy was ranked last in the nation in passing offense last season, but Earls says anyone can be the focal point of the offense.

"If you're the guy that needs the ball for us to win, then you're gonna get it, whether you're a receiver, running back, or kicker," says Earls. "Whatever he needs to do to win, he's gonna get it done. I'm not worried about it at all."

The Yellow Jackets open up their season at home August 28th against Jacksonville State.

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