December 31, 2009

Jackets get to work in Miami

Georgia Tech arrived in Miami with a sense of purpose. The Jackets have a chance set up their 2010 season and avenge their only road loss if they can beat Iowa in the Orange Bowl. The Jackets held their first practice at Nova Southeastern University on Thursday morning. Head Coach Paul Johnson, junior quarterback Josh Nesbitt and junior center Sean Bedford addressed the media after practice.

As usual, Coach Johnson fielded questions about his triple option offense.

"We have been running this since probably about 1985," Johnson said. "I think it is like anything else. If you understand what you are doing maybe, you have a chance to fix it so through the years people have adjusted. We have added things. There is no magical answer. The offense is not magic. We have to block and execute, but if you do that we have the chance to spread the field and make some big plays."

Nesbitt was also a major subject after a tremendous junior season. Johnson talked about his importance to the offense.…

"The key in any offense is to have a quarterback. Josh has certainly played well this year and he has done a good job running the offense and hopefully he will have a big game next Tuesday," Johnson said. "He is a good athlete. Josh is a strong guy and he is very competitive. He is an athletic guy so he is a good runner as well as being able to throw the ball."

With a strong Big Ten defense, Nesbitt expects the game to be a dogfight.

I'm going into the game thinking it is going to be the most physical game I have ever played in, so I am just going to keep that mind set," he said.

Johnson also addressed the Yellow Jacket defense, which has been inconsistent to be kind this season.

"Certainly at times this year we have played o.k. on defense," he said. "We have got to play a lot better on Tuesday then we have played in the last two games. There is no secret about that."

Bedford said Iowa's defense also presents quite the challenge for the Yellow Jackets.

"First and foremost they are very talented, but I think what really stands out on tape is their effort and the way they play," Bedford said about the Hawkeye defense. "They go hard every single play. They do not give up. They play with good technique. That is just something you have to be prepared to match their intensity and go as hard as you can."

According to Bedford, Iowa is a lot different from the ACC and SEC schools they have faced so far.

"They don't look a whole lot like most of the teams we have played this year," he said. "They are a good group of guys. They play really hard. They are going to try to shed blocks and make a play."

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