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Top 25 Intel: No. 15 Georgia Tech

The running attack is scary, but do the Jackets need at least a small aerial threat?

Originally Published: June 15, 2009
By Chris Sprow | ESPN Insider
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Mike Zarrilli/Getty ImagesWhen Jonathan Dwyer got the ball on first down, he usually ran for another first down.

Only one BCS conference team has averaged over 300 yards per game on the ground in the past five years. In 2006, West Virginia snuck past with 303 yards per. Of course, Navy -- coached by Paul Johnson -- hit the 300-plus mark three times in that span.

Now in his second season at Georgia Tech, Johnson commands a team poised to eclipse West Virginia's total. When a triple-option attack boasts three dangerous options -- and Tech does -- that is what happens. Last year, Johnson moved a Tech squad that already knew how to run an additional 80 yards per game on the ground than the year before. And because of who he has back, it should get better. Heck, even the head coach isn't playing coy about the potential.

"We're way better offensively than we were last year," Johnson says.

Asked about the reported nine starters he has back on offense for a team that averaged over 273 yards per game rushing during last season's 9-4 campaign, Johnson is quick to set the record straight.

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