banner
North Carolina

UNC to see more than just option against GT

Posted September 17, 2013

Vad Lee (2) runs with the ball during the University of North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech NCAA football game, Saturday, November 10, 2012 in Chapel Hill, NC.

— Coaches, fans and media are apt to mischaracterize Paul Johnson’s offense with a triple option label. As Georgia Tech showcased in its 38-14 win over Duke on Saturday, however, Johnson’s scheme is much more diverse.

When Johnson first arrived in Atlanta, he often dismissed the notion that his offense was a strict triple option.
“That would be like saying a multiple-I formation team runs the ‘dive play’ or off tackle play,’” Johnson said in 2008.

UNC associate head coach for defense Vic Koenning half-jokingly pointed to 100 different formations that Johnson has run over the years. The option is a central component, although it could be the trap, counter, G, load, lead, arc, double or triple options, to name a few.

“We can go back 6-8-10 years with Paul and they’ve really only changed a couple of things,” Koenning said last week. “They’ve got a lot of offense and he’s the guru king daddy of it… You don’t exactly the scheme you’re going to get because he’s got so many little wrinkles but you know you’re going to get the option.”

Last November, Georgia Tech posted 68 points – the most-ever scored at Kenan Stadium – and rolled up 588 total yards of offense in its 18-point win over UNC.

The Tar Heels spent its bye week last week preparing for the Yellow Jackets only to watch a new scheme unfold against the Blue Devils.

According to UNC head coach Larry Fedora, Georgia Tech set up in a diamond formation – a pistol set with three running backs on both sides and behind the quarterback – “probably 50 percent of the time” in churning out 469 total yards of offense.

Red-shirt sophomore quarterback Vad Lee completed 8-of-16 passes for 125 yards, four touchdowns and an interception while also rushing for 76 yards and a touchdown.

“You’ve been working on everything for the triple option and now you have to slow down a little bit and go back and make sure you cover the new offense that they’re running also,” Fedora said. “I think Vad Lee enables them to do both. That’s the tough thing about him.”

Senior defensive tackle Tim Jackson, who missed last season’s game due to a knee injury, isn’t convinced that UNC will see a new-look offense this weekend in Atlanta.

“I feel like they did it just because they could, honestly,” Jackson said of Georgia Tech’s scheme against Duke. “They actually came out in another formation – a pistol set, full house diamond formation, whatever you want to call it. Another wrinkle for you to prepare for. I’m not sure if they’re even going to run that against us, but it just gives you another reason to prepare for them, another 30 minutes you have to spend watching film for a different formation.”

The key to limiting the Yellow Jackets’ offense is to limit their third down conversion rate, according to Koenning. In 2012, Georgia Tech converted 56.1 percent of its third downs in its seven wins, but only managed a 35.1 conversion rate in its seven losses.

The Yellow Jackets have converted 57.1 percent of its third downs (36-of-63) in four consecutive wins over North Carolina, including a 9-of-15 mark last season. Georgia Tech has also hit on 75.0 percent of its fourth down attempts (3-of-4) against UNC during that winning streak.

The fundamentals in defending the option haven’t changed. It’s still assignment football with a discipline requirement attached.

“One thing I’ve learned about Georgia Tech’s offense over the years is they do well adjusting mid-drive,’ Jackson said. “They’ll find out what a guy is doing, they’ll find out if he’s undisciplined in his job and then attack him.

“Every play they’re reading somebody different. So one play they might be reading me and what I do. Next play they might be reading a defensive end. Next play they might be reading a safety to see if he comes up so they can throw the ball. So you have to do your job every play.”

Lee’s arm may allow Johnson increased flexibility in his play calling, but the foundation of his offense remains intact. The Tar Heels failed to win 1-on-1 battles in space last season and the only thing that ultimately stopped the Yellow Jackets was the game clock.

There is optimism around the Kenan Football Center, however, that UNC’s defense is better suited to stop Johnson’s multi-dimensional offense this season.

“We’ll try to play fast and hard,” Koenning said. “The last two weeks we’ve really played harder than we did at any time last year, so hopefully we’ll continue to do that.”

Follow Inside Carolina on Twitter

5 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Dudeanonymous Sep 20, 2013

    One things you can count on with a Paul Johnson team... cut blocking and lots of it. I love the way Colin Dunlap describes the cut block scheme... "gutless and lily-livered method of slowing down a defender". Read more in link below. It's a good read if you hate the cut block as much as I do.

    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/09/11/colin-dunlap-cut-blocking-seems-a-cowardly-approach/

  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Sep 18, 2013

    View quoted thread



    38-14 got you down? LOL! GT will NOT score more than 30 points this Saturday!

    GO HEELS!!!!!

  • 903 PJ suspended til NCAA clears Sep 18, 2013

    Paul Johnson rung em up for 68 and they still tried to claim they were Coastal Division champions.

    Look for Paul to ring them up for more than 68 this time...

  • weaklings report Sep 17, 2013

    once again, i ask...what has the unc defense shown this year that makes anyone think they are better prepared to handle the gatech offense? they rank near the bottom of the league in rush defense AND rush offense..the weak rush d creates the obvious problem, and the weak rush offense means not enough ball control to keep the gatech offense off the field...no Gio has meant a lot less efficient offense for unc, which is a bad combo for winning in atlanta

  • uncsuckz Sep 17, 2013

    What's long and hard on a unc fball player? First grade.

  • MiLB: Bulls vs. Gwinnett

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on METV 50.2

  • ACC: Wofford at Clemson

    Saturday at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: Louisville at Auburn

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CFB: Virginia at UCLA

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on FOX50

  • WRAL Sports Sunday

    Sunday at 11:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASL: RailHawks at San Antonio

    Wednesday, Sep. 9 at 8:30 pm on WRAL-2

  • NASL: RailHawks at Minnesota

    Saturday, Sep. 12 at 8:00 pm on WRAL-2

  • Dave Doeren Show

    Wednesday at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Cleveland at Toronto

    Wednesday at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Panthers at Pittsburgh

    Thursday at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • CFB: NC State vs. Troy

    Saturday at 6:00 pm on WRAL-FM

AP Top 25
Thu, Sept 3
4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET11:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST
16
 
2
6:00 PT7:00 MT8:00 CT9:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 北京时间6:00 MST8:00 EST
 
7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 北京时间7:00 MST9:00 EST
22
Fri, Sept 4
4
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
 
5
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
 
7:15 PT8:15 MT9:15 CT10:15 ET2:15 GMT10:15 北京时间7:15 MST9:15 EST
23
Sat, Sept 5
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET4:00 GMT12:00 北京时间9:00 MST11:00 EST
9
 
21
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET4:00 GMT12:00 北京时间9:00 MST11:00 EST
 
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET4:00 GMT12:00 北京时间9:00 MST11:00 EST
17
 
9:30 PT10:30 MT11:30 CT12:30 ET4:30 GMT12:30 北京时间9:30 MST11:30 EST
12
 
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
18
 
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
6
 
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
13
 
1:00 PT2:00 MT3:00 CT4:00 ET8:00 GMT4:00 北京时间1:00 MST3:00 EST
24
 
1:00 PT2:00 MT3:00 CT4:00 ET8:00 GMT4:00 北京时间1:00 MST3:00 EST
25
 
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
19
 
15
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
 
4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET11:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST
14
 
4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET11:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST
11
 
20
5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET12:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST
3
 
5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET12:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST
10
 
5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET12:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST
7
 
8:00 PT9:00 MT10:00 CT11:00 ET3:00 GMT11:00 北京时间8:00 MST10:00 EST
8
Mon, Sept 7
1
5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET12:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST
 
NFL Preseason
Thursday, Sep. 3
Baltimore 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST6:00 CT3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00
Atlanta 
 
New Orleans 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST6:00 CT3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00
Green Bay 
 
Cincinnati 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST6:00 CT3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00
Indianapolis 
 
Tampa Bay 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST6:00 CT3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00
Miami 
 
Philadelphia 4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET23:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST6:00 CT3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00
NY Jets 
 
Buffalo 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST6:30 CT3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30
Detroit 
 
NY Giants 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST6:30 CT3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30
New England 
 
Carolina 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST6:30 CT3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30
Pittsburgh 
 
Jacksonville 4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET23:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST6:30 CT3:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30
Washington 
 
Cleveland 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST7:00 CT4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00
Chicago 
 
Houston 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST7:00 CT4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00
Dallas 
 
Kansas City 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST7:00 CT4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00
St. Louis 
 
Minnesota 5:00 PT6:00 MT7:00 CT8:00 ET0:00 GMT8:00 北京时间5:00 MST7:00 EST7:00 CT4:00 UAE (+1)20:00 ET23:00
Tennessee 
 
Arizona 6:00 PT7:00 MT8:00 CT9:00 ET1:00 GMT9:00 北京时间6:00 MST8:00 EST8:00 CT5:00 UAE (+1)21:00 ET0:00
Denver 
 
San Diego 7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 北京时间7:00 MST9:00 EST9:00 CT6:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET1:00
San Francisco 
 
Oakland 7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 北京时间7:00 MST9:00 EST9:00 CT6:00 UAE (+1)22:00 ET1:00
Seattle 
 
MLB Scoreboard
Interleague
Texas 7:10 PT8:10 MT9:10 CT10:10 ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 MST9:10 EST9:40 VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 CT
Preview
San Diego 
American League
Tampa Bay 4:05 PT5:05 MT6:05 CT7:05 ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 MST6:05 EST6:35 VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 CT
Preview
Baltimore 
 
Cleveland 4:07 PT5:07 MT6:07 CT7:07 ET19:07 ET23:07 GMT7:07 4:07 MST6:07 EST6:37 VEN3:07 UAE (+1)6:07 CT
Preview
Toronto 
 
NY Yankees 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Boston 
 
Seattle 5:10 PT6:10 MT7:10 CT8:10 ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 MST7:10 EST7:40 VEN4:10 UAE (+1)7:10 CT
Preview
Houston 
 
LA Angels 7:05 PT8:05 MT9:05 CT10:05 ET22:05 ET2:05 GMT10:05 7:05 MST9:05 EST9:35 VEN6:05 UAE (+1)9:05 CT
Preview
Oakland 
National League
Miami 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
Atlanta 
 
Philadelphia 4:10 PT5:10 MT6:10 CT7:10 ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 MST6:10 EST6:40 VEN3:10 UAE (+1)6:10 CT
Preview
NY Mets 
 
Cincinnati 5:05 PT6:05 MT7:05 CT8:05 ET20:05 ET0:05 GMT8:05 5:05 MST7:05 EST7:35 VEN4:05 UAE (+1)7:05 CT
Preview
Chi Cubs 
 
Washington 5:15 PT6:15 MT7:15 CT8:15 ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 MST7:15 EST7:45 VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 CT
Preview
St. Louis 
 
Arizona 5:40 PT6:40 MT7:40 CT8:40 ET20:40 ET0:40 GMT8:40 5:40 MST7:40 EST8:10 VEN4:40 UAE (+1)7:40 CT
Preview
Colorado 
 
San Francisco 7:10 PT8:10 MT9:10 CT10:10 ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 MST9:10 EST9:40 VEN6:10 UAE (+1)9:10 CT
Preview
LA Dodgers 
 
ATP Scoreboard
Monday, Aug. 31
US Open (ATP/WTA)
First Round
J. Janowicz     
P. Carreno Bu     
(1) N. Djokovic     
J. Souza     
J. Sousa2 2 6 6 64 
R. Berankis6 6 4 2 77 
(14) D. Goffin6 6 6   
S. Bolelli4 1 2   
(17) G. Dimitrov6 6 6   
M. Ebden4 2 4   
M. Cecchinato77 3 1 3  
M. Fish65 6 6 6  
Y. Lu3 3 0   
M. Kukushkin6 6 3   
(4) K. Nishikori4 6 6 66 4 
B. Paire6 3 4 78 6 
M. Ilhan6 2 6 3  
R. Stepanek0 6 4 2  
T. Gabashvili78 0 4 6  
P. Andujar66 6 6 4  
(18) F. Lopez77 6 6   
N. Basilashvi65 1 3   
L. Lacko2 3 1   
M. Granollers6 6 6   
(19) J. Tsonga6 6 6   
J. Nieminen3 1 1   
(25) A. Seppi6 6 7   
T. Paul4 0 5   
(10) M. Raonic6 710 6   
T. Smyczek4 68 1   
F. Verdasco3 6 63 6 6 
T. Haas6 1 77 3 1 
(9) M. Cilic6 77 4   
G. Pella3 63 4   
(27) J. Chardy6 6 66 1  
R. Shane2 1 78 1  
(7) D. Ferrer4 2    
R. Albot6 0    
(26) T. Robredo6 4    
M. Berrer2 1    
L. Pouille2 77 2   
E. Donskoy6 63 5   
F. Mayer77 3 2   
M. Klizan65 6 2   
S. Stakhovsky6 3 77 1  
J. Millman1 6 63 0  
(23) R. Bautista A3     
P. Herbert0     
P. Cuevas 
D. Sela 
F. Krajinovic 
A. Gonzalez 
(16) G. Monfils 
I. Marchenko 
E. Ymer 
D. Schwartzma 
(32) F. Fognini 
S. Johnson 
V. Pospisil 
A. Haider-Mau 
S. Groth 
A. Dolgopolov 
(8) R. Nadal 
B. Coric 
 
WTA Scoreboard
Monday, Aug. 31
US Open (ATP/WTA)
First Round
S. Zheng2 7 5   
M. Brengle6 5 7   
(7) A. Ivanovic3 6 3   
D. Cibulkova6 3 6   
A. Kontaveit7 6    
C. Dellacqua5 2    
S. Kenin3 1    
M. Duque-Mari6 6    
L. Arruabarre2 2    
B. Jovanovski6 6    
(13) E. Makarova6 6    
T. Pereira3 3    
(15) A. Radwanska6 6    
K. Siniakova2 3    
J. Pegula7 6    
A. Van Uytvan5 3    
L. Davis77 77    
H. Watson63 60    
(30) S. Kuznetsova3 5    
K. Mladenovic6 7    
(23) V. Williams6 67 6   
M. Puig4 79 3   
M. Linette77 6    
U. Radwanska63 1    
(21) J. Jankovic6 5 3   
O. Dodin2 7 6   
A. Friedsam1 1    
K. Kanepi6 6    
(17) E. Svitolina6 6    
E. Kulichkova1 4    
(8) K. Pliskova2 1    
A. Tatishvili6 6    
(10) C. Suarez Nav1 65    
D. Allertova6 77    
I. Falconi6 6    
S. Crawford4 2    
(31) A. Pavlyuchen6 4    
M. Rybarikova4 4    
P. Hercog6 2    
Z. Diyas2 1    
K. Kozlova2     
B. Mattek-San1     
(25) E. Bouchard 
A. Riske 
(29) S. Stephens 
C. Vandeweghe 
D. Kasatkina 
D. Gavrilova 
(19) M. Keys 
K. Koukalova 
V. King 
R. Vinci 
A. Konjuh 
T. Maria 
D. Hantuchova 
M. Doi 
(12) B. Bencic 
S. Karatantch 
T. Smitkova 
A. Mitu 
K. Bertens 
M. Lucic-Baro 
(1) S. Williams 
V. Diatchenko