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Cavaliers to prepare for Georgia Tech cut blocks

Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson's teams have developed a reputation for employing a tactic that, while technically legal, tends to get on the nerves of opposing defenders. During Johnson's tenure, the Yellow Jackets have become known for executing cut blocks, which are among the facets of Georgia Tech's game that Virginia will prepare for this week.

"You have to teach your guys to get ready to use your hands because they're going to come after you, your ankles and try to chop you and get you down on the ground," Virginia Coach Mike London said. "Even to the second level, linebackers and everyone else will go downfield, and they'll try to cut you. And that's to get you down on the ground.

"I assume the fullback or the quarterback running the ball gives them the crease. There is a method to the measures that they use and the set that they use. We'll practice this week. I don't know if we're going to cut ourselves live, but I think in the past we've used dummies to throw at their legs, and drills, individual drills and techniques that you do to make sure these guys us their hands, because you're going to have to."

Georgia Tech's vaunted triple-option offense is ranked No. 6 in the nation in rushing yards per game (298.2). Senior quarterback Joshua Nesbitt is averaging 86.8 rushing yards per game, which ranks No. 2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Virginia defense is allowing opponents to rush for 143.3 yards per game (No. 5 in the ACC) and last weekend gave up 256 yards on the ground against Florida State.

By Steve Yanda  | October 5, 2010; 8:22 AM ET
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