Georgia Tech Overwhelms USC for 21-7 Sun Bowl Victory
Brian Bohannon, who coaches the quarterbacks and B-backs in Georgia Tech's prolific spread option offense, enters his sixth season at Georgia Tech and his 17th year working with Yellow Jacket head coach Paul Johnson.
Since Bohannon's arrival at Tech, the Yellow Jackets have finished in the top four nationally in rushing offense every season. In 2010, Georgia Tech led the nation in rushing offense for the first time in school history.
Over the last five years combined, no team in college football has rushed for more yards than Georgia Tech. Since Bohannon's arrival, the Yellow Jackets have accumulated more than 20,000 yards on the ground.
Last season, Tech broke school records for total offense yards and rushing yards. The Yellow Jackets averaged 40.0 points per game in conference play, also breaking a school record.
Two B-backs -- David Sims and Zach Laskey -- combined to rush for more than 1,300 yards. Two quarterbacks -- Tevin Washington and Vad Lee -- combined to run for more than 1,200 yards. Washington broke the school record for rushing touchdowns in a season (20).
Under Bohannon's direction, former Tech quarterbacks Washington and Joshua Nesbitt emerged as two of the most prolific QBs in ACC history. Nesbitt and Washington combined to rush for more than 5,000 yards and rank first and third, respectively, in ACC history for career rushing yards by a quarterback.
Under Bohannon, four players have rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season -- B-back Jonathan Dwyer in 2008, Dwyer and Nesbitt in 2009, and B-back Anthony Allen in 2010.
Dwyer was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2008 and 2009. Nesbitt was the first team All-ACC QB in 2009, and Allen was first-team all-conference in 2010. Dwyer and Allen are both enjoying successful NFL career.
Bohannon helped Washington emerge from a back-up quarterback in 2010 to one of the ACC's most productive signal-callers in 2011 and 2012. Washington's 986 rushing yards in `11 were the second-most ever by a Tech QB and his passing efficiency (155.4) was the third-highest in Yellow Jacket history.
Bohannon helped Nesbitt develop from a running specialist out of the shotgun into one of the nation's premier dual threat quarterbacks. Nesbitt completed his career in 2010 as the most prolific rushing quarterback in ACC history.
Nesbitt likely would have become just the eighth player in NCAA history to rush and pass for 3,000 career yards if not for an injury that cost him the final four games of the 2010 season.
Before arriving at Georgia Tech, Bohannon spent six years as wide receivers coach at Navy. Bohannon was part of a staff that returned the Midshipmen to the national spotlight. Navy won 35 games over four years, earning a school-record four consecutive postseason bowl berths and a school-best four straight Commander-In-Chief's Trophies.
Under Bohannon, Navy's receiving corps emerged as outstanding receivers as well as skilled blockers.
In 2007, Navy's offense put up remarkable numbers. The Midshipmen ranked first nationally in rushing (348.8 ypg), 10th in scoring (39.3 ppg), 22nd in total offense (444.1 ypg) and ninth in sacks allowed (1.08 pg). In 2005, Bohannon helped the Mids rushing attack average a nation's best 318.7 yards per contest as Navy went to a bowl game for a third straight year, won a second consecutive bowl game and won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy for a third-straight year.
In 2004, Bohannon's efforts helped the wide receiver corps to perform well enough for the Midshipmen to finish 45th in the country in total offense (388.8 yards per game), third in rushing offense (289.5), win a school-record-tying 10 games (the most wins since 1905), win the Emerald Bowl and claim the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy. In 2003, he helped the Mids lead the nation in rushing (323.2 yards per contest) and set school records for rushing yards per game, total rushing yards (4,202), rushing yards per attempt (5.5), rushing touchdowns (44), total offense (5,506), total offense per game (423.5) and yards per play (6.0).
In 2002, Navy had the third-best rushing average in the country (270.75) and scored 30 or more points on four occasions.
Bohannon coached the wide receivers for three seasons (1997-99) at Georgia Southern before taking over the defensive backs his last two years (2000-01).
During his initial season as defensive backs coach, the secondary played a key role in Georgia Southern's efforts, ranking 18th nationally in pass defense (156.1 yards per game) and 28th in interceptions (16). The Eagles' secondary took another leap forward in 2001, finishing second nationally in pass defense (125.6 yards per game), fourth in scoring defense (12.0 points per game) and sixth in total defense (261.4 yards per game).
A four-year letterwinner and standout as a wide receiver at Georgia, Bohannon started his coaching career at West Georgia before earning his first full-time position at Gardner-Webb (N.C.) as wide receivers coach in 1996.
A native of Griffin, Ga., he earned his bachelor's degree in general business from Georgia in 1993 and a master's in business education from West Georgia in 1996. He is married to the former Melanie Cobb and they have three children, sons Blake Patrick and Braden Thomas, and daughter Brooke Anna.