Music City Bowl Preview: Breaking Down Georgia Tech's Running Backs

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This is the fifth in our series of previews for this year’s Music City Bowl

There is no doubt that the Ole Miss Rebels know what is headed their way when they meet up with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2013 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. The Jackets are going to pound the ball on the ground in every way conceivable.

When you run an option offense, you have to have a big stable of running backs to rotate in and out. Rarely will any one back be the feature back, but rather it is a combined effort by all the A-Backs and B-Backs, along with the quarterback, to rack up sick rushing yards in every game.

This year, the Yellow Jackets finished 5th in the nation in rushing yards, grinding out over 311 yards per game on the ground. They also scored 45 rushing touchdowns during the season – only Auburn and Navy scored more at 46 and 47 TDs respectively.

One of the things Paul Johnson loves to do with his backs is to use them out of the backfield to catch passes, sometimes in the screen game, and sometimes just being flat-out released downfield. Of the 1,548 receiving yards put up by the Jackets this year, 704 of them came from running backs.

Here’s a look at Tech’s group of backs, and what they will be expected to do against Ole Miss. Since there are so many different backs available, we’ll focus on those who actually saw game action this year.

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