ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech has struggled to run the option this season. From poor blocking to poor execution to poor pitches, the Yellow Jackets have kept the option on the back burner.
And thats a staple of their offense.
I think we ran it one time in the second half (against Virginia), Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson said.
But the lack of success with the option doesnt mean Georgia Tech has been unable to run the ball. In fact, the Yellow Jackets rushed for 394 yards in each of the past two games -- despite going away from the programs signature play.
Its been hot and cold, Johnson said. I thought we were getting better at it.
In last weeks game, Johnson said quarterback Vad Lee ran the option effectively on the first series.
We ran two of three plays, and we handled it OK, Johnson said. We only ran it one time in the second half, and we got the ball pitched for about an 8- to 10-yard gain, but there were other things we could do, and it didnt look as smooth to me.
I didnt want to put (the ball) on the ground again. We just got away from it. Not so much anything (Virginia) did. We didnt really have to do it.
The option became a lesser option because of Georgia Techs success banging the ball up the middle and off-tackle. B-backs David Sims and Zach Laskey both topped 100 yards, as did Lee, giving the program three 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time in the modern era (since 1950). It was the first time that has happened in an ACC game since 2006.
Sims rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns, giving him a team-high 516 yards and eight touchdowns. It was the first 100-yard game in Sims career. Hes one of two players in the nation who has not been tackled for negative rushing yardage.
Laskey, last years top rusher, rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 394 yards and six touchdowns.
Both the B-backs have been productive each of the past two weeks, Johnson said. David had two scores last week, as well as Zach. Zachs running the ball well. His vision is good, and hes breaking tackles, but we have to work on the other things so we can make him a complete player. He has the ability to do that, but right now he is running the ball better than he has all year.