Today, we conclude a decade-long era of option football on the Flats. Though it would be most fitting for Paul Johnson to go out with 500 rushing yards, zero pass attempts, and a smug smirk, my sincerest hope is that he goes out of his way to make this Quick Lane Bowl one for the record books. One with passing, with tricks, and with much schadenfreude derived from PJ Fleck’s pain on the opposing sideline.
Will I get my final wish? Maybe, or maybe not. It depends on if Paul Johnson decides to really undo the purse strings and throw everything he’s built up over the past 10 years onto the field, hard candies and all. But just in case he’s looking for some pregame inspiration, here’s a quick starting place:
- Call an end-around.
- Don’t punt one single time. Period. This one is non-negotiable.
- Line Taquon Marshall up at A-Back with Tobias Oliver at quarterback so the two-year signal caller can go full circle for his Georgia Tech career.
- Run a play from the diamond formation that we saw exactly twice back in 2013, when Vad Lee was our quarterback.
- Run a play out of the shotgun period for the first time since 2013.
- Let some of the seniors call a play or two to see what they come up with.
- BONUS POINTS: Bring back each of the quarterbacks from the Paul Johnson era (Josh Nesbitt, Tevin Washington, Vad Lee, and Justin Thomas) so they can each run a play. Deal with NCAA consequences later.
Thanks again for everything, coach. All we ask is that you go out with a bang, and preferably a fun one, in Detroit. If you have submissions for the list of things we hope to see, post them in the comments below! In the meantime, best of luck to the Jackets against the final opponent of the 2018 season.