Johnson predicts stronger running game

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson came out of spring practice with a better feeling about his offense’s running game.

“Last year we weren’t very good, or as good as I would like, at running the ball,” Johnson said in an interview with the Tech website. “I think we’ll be better running it this fall. That has been an emphasis of ours all spring.”

It was among several observations from the spring made in the interview. Against FBS opponents last season, Tech ran for 281.4 yards per game and averaged 5.07 yards per carry. Both were lows for Tech since Johnson’s hire before the 2008 season. The offense generated 23 running plays of 20 yards or more against FBS defenses, compared to 36 in 2012, 43 in 2011 and 42 in 2010. (Tech did play 11 games against FBS opponents last year, compared to 12 in 2012 and 11 each in 2011 and 2010.)

Johnson on the no-huddle:

“With a young quarterback, it may help that I can help call plays and they won’t have to check (out of the play) as much, but they’re still going to have to know what’s going on. The other thing is, if you’re going to run more snaps, the other team is also going to run more snaps. So, it’s a trade-off.”

On quarterbacks Justin Thomas and Tim Byerly:

“I think Tim closed the distance a lot. I thought he had a really good spring. But like I said, I feel really good about both those guys.”

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