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November 7, 2012

Georgia Tech using 2-man approach at quarterback

ATLANTA — Coach Paul Johnson believes Georgia Tech has found the right solution at quarterback.

The Yellow Jackets (4-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) will use the same approach this weekend at North Carolina (6-3, 3-2) that helped them win a surprisingly easy game last week at Maryland.

Tevin Washington started at quarterback, played two series and then watched two series from the sideline while Vad Lee ran Johnson's spread option offense.

The change worked. Georgia Tech, which had dropped three of its previous four, won 33-13.

"Certainly we're going to have to carry that over this week," Johnson said. "We're playing a team that's really hot and has won five of their last six and is undefeated at home. They've had a week off to rest and get healed up. We've got to continue to build on last week and build some momentum."

It was clear that the Yellow Jackets needed a proverbial spark after their dreadful showing two weeks ago in a 41-17 home loss to Brigham Young.

They failed on all 10 third-down attempts and finished without an offensive touchdown for the first time since Johnson's first season in 2008.

As Johnson saw it, fifth-year senior quarterback Washington deserved only part of the blame and had played well enough to keep the starting job he's held since taking for an injured Joshua Nesbitt in 2010.

But Johnson likewise wanted to give more snaps to Lee, a redshirt freshman and the likely successor to the starting job next year, so the coach decided to do something different.

"I think both quarterbacks bring something to the game," Johnson said. "Tevin has a lot of experience. He's played a lot of football. You're not going to line up too many ways with things he hasn't seen or doesn't know what to do. Vad brings a lot of athleticism and a lot of energy when he goes out there. You kind of get two different things out of those guys."

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