Son, would you like to run the veer?

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - — Kevin Rob­bins

John­son has re­lied on the triple-op­tion of­fense for a quar­ter-cen­tury, since his days as the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Ge­or­gia South­ern. It’s an ef­fec­tive sys­tem. But re­cruit­ing can be a chal­lenge, es­pe­cially be­cause so many high school foot­ball teams run the spread. Ge­or­gia Tech re­cruits a num­ber of quar­ter­backs and run­ning backs to ex­e­cute the of­fense, which fea­tures a pow­er­ful B back, who lines up be­hind the un­der-cen­ter quar­ter­back, and two lighter and more ex­plo­sive A (or wing) backs.

The of­fen­sive line­men also must be fast and nim­ble, and they’re of­ten smaller (but quicker) than typ­i­cal Di­vi­sion I line­men. The most dif­fi­cult po­si­tion to re­cruit is wide re­ceiver — play­ers who do much more down­field block­ing than they do leap­ing in the air for high­light catches. John­son and his coaches signed an 18-player re­cruit­ing class in Fe­bru­ary, and none of the re­cruits was listed as a re­ceiver.

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