Georgia Tech changes offensive philosophy In this ever changing game of college football, there's always a time where change is needed. For this Yellow Jacket squad, that change came years too early. Back when Coach Moreecemos signed a 7 year contract in 2009, he figured he'd be running some sort of fleXbox One/traditional style offense mixed in. The plan was of course keep what made Georgia Tech a surprise team when Paul Johnson came aboard in 2007. In 2009, Georgia Tech boasted one of the more ferocious rushing teams in the nation when they featured Jonathan Dwyer, Embry Peeples, and Roddy Jones as their top 3 RB's. The result was a national title going undefeated in the process. Unfortunately, the talent needed to run a successful option offense took major hits when Dwyer and Jones went pro while Embry Peeples decided to transfer to Indiana because of the lack of carries he had during the 09 season. Going into the 2010 season, Marcus Wright was the lone ranger and carried a lot of the load. Jaybo Shaw had rose onto the scene as the starting QB but the rest of the pieces weren't as prevalent as the past season. Guys like Jon Lockhart and Orwin Smith were counted on to be the 2nd and 3rd RB's and they simply weren't ready. In 2011, the lack of talent at RB began to hurt GT. While Wright, Lockhart and Smith all returned for another season, it was soon that Coach began telling recruits that the vaunted fleXbox One offense would likely not be there in a few years. In fact despite being in the top 10 in rushing, GT began to shy away from the offense that put them in the title game in 09. They had to practically beg backup QB Jordan Luallen to stay in what would be a new offense. Luallen was a QB who saw the fleXbox One style offense and figured he was a perfect fit. Years later and his time came but in the offseason, Coach came to his top two QB's and said, "We know you came here on the basis of running a fleXbox One style offense but we decided to change mostly because of the personnel we currently have." There were rumblings of a QB competition between SR-QB Tevin Washington and JR-QB Jordan Luallen but deep down, the coaches knew that Luallen was maybe their best dual threat QB they've had since Coach took over at Georgia Tech. "Nesbitt was gritty and ran like a RB, while Shaw was a little bit better passer and not as good of a runner. In Luallen, we have the best of both worlds," said Coach Moreecemos. Since Georgia Tech had a plethora of WR's, they figured an offense featuring their depth at WR would be the way to go. They moved RB Jon Lockhart to WR due to his outstanding hands. They moved Stephen Hill, a 6'4" WR to their #1 spot. They put 5'8" Thearon Collier in the slot as their Wes Welker type WR. Then at spots 4, 5 and 6, they have tall WR's, ranging from 6'2" to 6'4". At the RB spot, Orwin Smith will get the bulk of the carries, being the main back with tons of power and good speed. "We think teams will have trouble trying to cover 4-5 WR's. What also keyed this decision was the transfer of TE Nic Dillilo, a 6'5" TE with 86 speed. Thomas Snyder was initially the #1 TE but DiLillo gives GT a dangerous option who can line up at WR while having the ability to beat the press coverage. "We can line up 4-5 guys at a time who can have the ability to catch the ball out there," said Moreecemos. "We don't consider our offense like Texas Tech or Hawaii back in the days of June Jones but take a team like that and add in a solid RB like Orwin Smith and we feel we have maximized our offensive potential." In their 1st two games, Georgia Tech has scored 71 points against a powerful Penn State team and 69 on ACC North Carolina State. Nic DiLillo has been amazing, going over 100 yards in receiving in both games. Hill has come up with big catches while Collier has been tough to cover in the slot. Jon Lockhart is slowly learning the nuances of playing WR but he's a natural athlete out there. With games against Virginia Tech, Miami, Clemson, Georgia and Auburn looming on the schedule, we'll see how this offense responds against those tough foes.