Q&A: Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson, entering his sixth season as Tech’s coach and his 16th as a collegiate head coach, talked with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the coming season:

Q: What do you expect from the B-back position?

A: People talked about the production there, and we haven't had the type of single (player) production that (Jonathan Dwyer) or Anthony Allen had because they played a lot more. That position last year, David Sims was hurt for most of the year, but when you add those guys together — David, Zach Laskey, and those guys — they got about 1,300 (to) 1,400 yards. It's been about the same. Jon Dwyer was a great athlete, (as was) Anthony Allen. They're both in the NFL. Is David good enough to do that? I don't know. We'll see. I think we've got some good players there. I'm not worried about that position.

Q: What do ACC newcomers Pittsburgh and Syracuse need to know about the ACC?

A: I'm sure that their league was good, too, but week in and week out, I don't care who you play, when you line up, there really are no easy games now. It's a really good league. The strong point of the league since I've been here has been the balance. I don't know if we've had a marquee team at the top, but there's been a tremendous amount of balance in the league. If you're not ready to play, you'll get your tail beat real quickly.

Q: What do you foresee for the team’s use of the pistol formation?

A: There's a lot of teams that run it. We've really run some (shotgun) stuff. I wouldn't say that we've been much into the pistol. I guess you could call it that; there's variations of everything. We've had it a part of our offense a year ago. We may look at it, tweak a little bit, but we're going to do what we do. We won't be drastically changed from what we do.