Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads tried without much success to defend Navy's spread option when he was defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh two years ago. The father of the spread option, Paul Johnson, was coaching Navy then, and the Midshipmen rolled up 497 yards.
Johnson now coaches 11th-ranked Georgia Tech, which ran on 71 of 79 plays while beating Virginia Tech 34-9 last Saturday.
"I don't care what level of football," Rhoads said, "that offense has a chance to be successful and it could indeed be more commonplace as we move forward."
I'm glad we had a warm-up against Army. I'm sure Wally will have the boys ready.
Herbstreit made this point during the Stanford v. ND game tonight. It used to be that preparing for a spread team gave coaches fits, but anymore I think that your base defense is meant to counter the spread, and now facing a strong run game is the more difficult game plan.
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