Originally created 09/17/06

Ga Tech notebook



ATLANTA - Reggie Ball became the first quarterback in Georgia Tech history to pass and run for over 100 yards twice in his career in Saturday's victory over Troy.

Ball rushed for a 130 yards and threw for 164 yards.

Ball first accomplished the feat three seasons ago against Vanderbilt. A freshman at the time, he passed for 108 yards and ran for 103 in the 24-17 victory over the Commodores.

Other Georgia Tech quarterbacks to break the century mark running and passing in the same game are: Donnie Davis (103 rushing, 206 passing in a 1995 game against Duke) and Joe Hamilton (100 rushing, 161 passing in a 1999 game against Central Florida).

EXPANDED ROLE: Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey refers to tailback Rashaun Grant as his team's "1B" tailback, not the No. 2 to Tashard Choice. The Yellow Jackets found a way to use both Grant and Choice in Saturday's game.

Grant lined up as a slot receiver on several plays, often going in motion before the snap. He scored a touchdown on an end around - or slot around - in the first half and caught two passes for eight yards.

Choice added 51 yards rushing.

"He can do some things with the ball in his hands, and he's tough enough now to be a blocker and do some things that he could not do a year or two years ago," Gailey said. "He makes our package more varied. We can't do it every snap, but we do it enough to keep them off balance."

JOHNSON SLOWED: Calvin Johnson got hurt on the second play of the second quarter but returned just before halftime. The All-American suffered a left leg contusion when a Troy defender tackled him low on a flanker screen.

Johnson finished with 2 catches for nine yards.