Genius manifests itself in many forms.
For Bobby Petrino, it was being able to read the defense defending the pitch option as an elementary schooler.
He was matter-of-fact when asked if he was truly reading the option as a pre-teen. “Certainly,” he said.
Of course, you may want to take Harry King’s Petrino worship with a grain of salt after reading this amazing statement.
… He mentioned the success of triple option teams Navy and Air Force and said he was interested in how former Navy coach Paul Johnson would do at Georgia Tech. Johnson, 45-29 in six years at Navy, says the Midshipmen played more than 30 schools from Bowl Championship Series conferences. “If it worked at Navy, why wouldn’t it work here?” he said.
Johnson might have to go with freshman Reggie Ball at quarterback; Petrino has Casey Dick, a senior in eligibility, but a freshman in the offense. [Emphasis added.]