Shaw’s injury could be huge blow for Georgia Tech



There have been a bunch of significant scrimmages and developments since last we met. Nobody asked me, but:


The injury to Jaybo Shaw is a huge blow for Georgia Tech: While you can’t say it will have the impact of Virginia Tech losing running back Darren Evans, the broken collarbone by Jaybo Shaw, Georgia Tech’s backup quarterback, could very well be a factor in the ACC Coastal race. Shaw, the sophomore from Flowery Branch, isn’t as athletic as starter Josh Nesbitt, but he was very reliable. He could come in for a series or two if Nesbitt got dinged up. And if Nesbitt couldn’t go at all, Coach Paul Johnson felt confident that Shaw was probably not going to make the big mistake that could cost Georgia Tech a football game. When you run this offense, you have to have confidence in your backup quarterback because he is going to play meaningful possessions. Could Tevin Washington or David Sims ultimately be just as effective as Shaw? Absolutely. But it isn’t a given. Tech knew what they had in Jaybo Shaw.


The Alabama offensive line is going to be fine: Coach Nick Saban, as he likes to do from time to time, shook things up after Saturday’s scrimmage by saying: “We don’t have any starters on the offensive line-not one.”

The fact is that Alabama’s offensive line is going through a transition. Three starters from last season are gone, including Outland Trophy winner Andre Smith, and Antoine Caldwell, an underrated center. A year ago a lot of Alabama’s offense ran through Smith. The offensive line was so powerful and so good that most of the time the Crimson Tide could just steamroll people and wear them down during the course of the game. This offensive line won’t be able to do that, but Alabama has recruited well and there is plenty of talent. It may take a few games but Alabama will have a good offensive line. But it will be different.


Clemson QB? My money is on Kyle Parker: Head coach Dabo Swinney was not ready to name a starting quarterback after Saturday’s scrimmage but I believe it will be Kyle Parker, the redshirt freshman from Jacksonville. Parker, who is also an outstanding baseball player, has an incredible arm. He also has a presence about him when he’s on the field. One of the things that Swinney wants to do as Clemson’s head coach is improve the overall athleticism and play making ability on both sides of the ball. Willie Korn was a highly recruited quarterback coming out of high school. He’s solid.  Parker is a better athlete and can make more plays. There is another Clemson scrimmage on Tuesday. Look for an announcement to probably come this week.


Haden could be one more headache for Florida opponents: When I was in Gainesville this spring there was a lot of talk about who would fill the role of Percy Harvin, the talented all-purpose player who drove opposing defenses crazy. Everyone assumed it would be one of the many speedsters on the offensive side of the ball like Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey, Brandon James, or maybe even a freshman. But word came last week that junior Joe Haden, one of the best cornerbacks in the country, has been taking some snaps out of the shotgun, or “Wildcat” formation. Haden, from Fort Washington, Md., set a state high school record when he threw for 7,371 yards and 80 touchdowns in his career.

This is yet another interesting tweak of the Florida offense. Haden won’t get many snaps back there but when he lines up, there will be both a run and pass threat. It is yet another thing defensive coordinators in the SEC will have to think about when putting together a game plan.


Mitch Mustain looks like he’ll be a victim of bad timing:  When highly-recruited quarterback Mitch Mustain left Arkansas after the 2006 season, it was suggested that Southern Cal would probably not be the best place to go if he wanted playing time. Now it appears that the former Gatorade Player of the Year from Springdale, Ark., is going to be a victim of very bad timing in his college football career. Mustain started eight games as a true freshman at Arkansas and won them all. But he lost the starting job and never regained it. The reasons behind it could fill several books. We won’t rehash all that history here.

Mustain sat out the 2007 season. In 2008 he could not beat out Mark Sanchez, who led the Trojans to the Rose Bowl. When Sanchez passed up his senior season to turn pro, it looked like Mustain would get another shot last spring as he competed with sophomore Aaron Corp. But true freshman Matt Barkley, one of the nation’s best high school quarterbacks, enrolled early and finished No. 2 behind Corp with Mustain third.

Corp suffered a cracked bone in his left leg last week and Barkley immediately moved into the No. 1 job. Corp is getting X-rays today to see if he can get back on the field this week. If not, it appears Barkley will become the first true freshman in USC history to start an opener at quarterback. He is clearly the Trojans’ quarterback of the future.

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August 17th, 2009
11:29 am

Cool. It has always been my ambition to be at least as informed as any other Joe Schmoe.

Or did you mean the part about Ramble ON spending too much time focused on UGA?

GT Que

August 17th, 2009
11:31 am

AltamahaDawg – I chose not to comment on your comment to Ramble On lol

Got 12?

August 17th, 2009
11:34 am


UGA’s biggest problem last year was not the O-line. It was was the defense. Except for the UF game, UGA scored more than enough points to win the games it lost.

Bama is returning 8 starters from the #3 defense in the nation. Our struggles, if there are any, won’t resemble UGA’s in 2008.


August 17th, 2009
11:35 am

Saban is a coach who is never satisfied and that’s the way it should be if you want a top program. I am sure he’s just trying to light a fire under his linemen. No matter how much talent you have though experience is a big key so replacing 3 starters is no easy task.

Obviously Pete Carroll made it clear that Mustain could transfer but that there would be no assurance that he started as it would have to be earned. Carroll is in control of that program which is why you haven’t heard any grumbling from Mustain or his mom.

Geaux Tigers!

What's the good word?

August 17th, 2009
11:37 am

……..T H W G! Now let’s see some football people – 20 days!!!!!!!!!

GT Que

August 17th, 2009
11:39 am

Jumbeaux please don’t incite any “SEC is better than anyone because we created football” banter today


August 17th, 2009
11:40 am

Wow from all the feedback about how this blow to Jaybo is really a good thing, you nerds might be even better if the starter got hurt too…you know let the backups get some REAL experience..not that I’d want to see any college player get hurt…but really on what planet is this a good thing?


August 17th, 2009
11:46 am

Just took a look at Tech’s sched. Take the under on wins. Tech loses to UNC, VT, UGA, FSU and Wake. GT goes 7-5.

GT Que

August 17th, 2009
11:54 am

JWalker – I will give maybe UNC and VT

….but if Nesbit is healthy and there are no major O&D-line injuries, GT beats FSU, Wake, and UGA

Who is gt??

August 17th, 2009
11:58 am

Nesbitt still sux


August 17th, 2009
12:00 pm

One of the great things about the Tech offense is it does not lay itself out to be easily understood. The one fact is CPJ has run it for several years in all sort of conditions and players and it has always worked. It is also my bet here that being his first full year of recruiting that someone coming into this system is more qualified to run this offense than Shaw who he took from Middle Tenn. very late coming into the door, or the players given to him by a pro style offensive minded Gailey. I don’t think we have any real beleivers in this team yet, which I love because it leaves room for surprise. There will be a day when press and opponents will figure out this is a team they need to slow down and study a little, that will not be good for Tech.

Pensacola dawg

August 17th, 2009
12:02 pm

No way GT beats FSU, they just got lucky last year with the fumble. If you really thing GT beats UGA I have some real solid mortgage backed investments you might be intrested in!

Tide Rising

August 17th, 2009
12:07 pm

1)QB in Tech’s offense is basically another rb and its easy to have 2-3 rbs dinged up and injured in one season. In one of Shula’s seasons at Bama the top 3 tailbacks all went down with acl tears and near the end of the season we were playing a true freshman 4th string tailback. As I recall Nesbitt isn’t a very big guy and he got dinged up several times last year. If he goes down Tech is in a world of trouble with 2 freshman who’ve never played. Hopefully Tech will be able to survive with a freshman spelling Nesbitt until Shaw can get back in the 5th or 6th game.

2) Tony said it best regarding Bama’s O-line. It will be good, especially after a few games under the belt, but probably won’t be as dominating as last year.

3) Haden could bring a Pat White dimension to Florida’s offense. Tebow is good for 5-10 yard runs but never had the explosiveness and speed to take it the distance like a Pat White or a Joe Haden could potentially could. Come to think of it I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Tebow run for more than 20 yards. I’m sure he has against someone. I just don’t remember ever seeing it.

4) Mitch Mustain- So overhyped to begin with that I can’t remember a more overhyped qb since Ron Powlus. Ark. won games in spite of Mustain. I hate to be so hard on a kid but the bottom line is that he was just never that talented to begin with and just wasn’t very good. Given what we all saw at Ark I don’t think anybody is surprised that he’s 3rd string at USC. But some kids and their mommas you just can’t tell them that they’re not as good as they think they are.

GT Que

August 17th, 2009
12:09 pm

Pensacola – What games did you watch last year? If Nesbit doesn’t go out in the FSU game, GT easily wins that game by 2 TDs

Unless Willie has taught your boys how to wrap-up, GT will but another 400+ yds on the ground on you all again this year….and this year, you don’t have the #1 NFL draft pick to pass for 2 or 3TDs

It’ll be a good game, but GT makes it two in a row


August 17th, 2009
12:12 pm

Pensacola Dawg…to cure your obvious ignorance you need to educate yourself.

Tech was absolutely running FSU off the field when Josh Nesbitt got hurt. FSU exploited Jaybo’s lack of experience and got themselves back in the game and made it exciting but STILL LOST.

Ugag couldn’t even beat TECH with their #1 ranked team and 2 first round draft picks…how in the helle are they going to win with this bunch of scrubs they have now. Especially with TECH having another year’s experience in this offense. Ugag will be lucky to have a winning season.

There is a new sheriff in town…his name is Paul Johnson. He is like a train…he will run over you…back up…and run over you again. You might as well get used to it mutts.


August 17th, 2009
12:15 pm

gosh pensacola you’re an idiot. did you even see the game last year? we dominated them until nesbitt got hurt in the 3rd qtr. if nesbitt was healthy we would have won by 20. and that talk about turnovers. who do you think turned the ball over in the second half to let them back in the game? shaw. duh.


August 17th, 2009
12:19 pm

well, no one likes to see such injuries…they do hurt the depth….the only positive is a probability, that T. Washington will make the most of the opportunity to move up and serve when the time is ready….He will get several series and we can only hope he will play error free ball and give Nesbit a needed rest from time to time.


August 17th, 2009
12:20 pm

Got 12,
I thought Bama’s OL last year was one of the best ever. I cried myself to sleep every night thinking about Stafford and Moreno operating behind that line. Thanks for reminding me about our so called defense. Only the French in WWII were worse!!!

Stone Mtn GA

August 17th, 2009
12:22 pm

Mustain a victim of bad timing?! How about a victim of ineffective quarterbacking apparently. The cream always rises to the top, and his inability to beat out the other QBs is no one’s fault but his.


August 17th, 2009
12:46 pm

Jaybo was GT’s Joe Cox, a career back up. Agree that forcing T Washington to move up quicker will make GT better in the end.

For you doggies, a serious question, who is the QB that will end up being your starter? 5th Yr Seniors who have never sniffed the field are not the answer.


August 17th, 2009
12:55 pm

paddy you are not a dog will not win ten games.You just are afraid of being picked on.tek 6-5 nesbit can’t take alot of snaps and remain healthy all season.


August 17th, 2009
12:56 pm

TideRising….I stopped reading your post when you said that Nesbitt wasn’t a very big guy. The dude is basically an NFL safety playing college QB. He is one of the strongest QB’s in the country, open your eyes and watch some football.


August 17th, 2009
12:59 pm

m UGA will scrub tek right into the turf.Re-educate yourself.

Not Disappointed

August 17th, 2009
1:00 pm

Get well soon Jaybo. Washington is pretty good on football as well. Ramblin Wreck.

Dog Days

August 17th, 2009
1:02 pm

Murphdawg – Our defense was actually more like the Iraqi’s in the first Iraq war. The French actually paused before surrendering.


August 17th, 2009
1:04 pm

ON NO…Darn! you mean the Jackettes wont win the ACC Coastal Swamp??? Please say it aint so Tony. Could the Jackettes march to the coastal swamp, beating UGA again and winning the National Title be in jepardy????? Please Tont Please say it aint so. We were counting on Jaybo to see the jackettes thru this year and ALL their SMACK TALK

Joe Schmoe

August 17th, 2009
1:09 pm

I agree with gt, Nesbitt is a big and strong. He did have some problems with his ankles last year, but should be good to go.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

August 17th, 2009
1:26 pm

No wonder Jaybo is hurt. He gets killed in practice, no wistle. When Nesbit is in, he is protected and wistled before contact. Nesbit always seems to tweak a hamstring at scrimmage time as well or when GT is playing Jax State but will always be ready for VT or FSU. Nesbit is a whimp and Jaybo is a much better QB.


August 17th, 2009
1:36 pm

Kyle Parker just named Clemson starter.


August 17th, 2009
2:04 pm

Big shock, another drive by posting for TB.

Yo Moma

August 17th, 2009
2:05 pm

Why do the UGAs feel the need to pile on Tech? Fear leads to anger thats why. UGA you need to put your fear behind you and start worrying about UF and other SEC teams.

Yo Moma

August 17th, 2009
2:15 pm

Hey Georgia Fans how did Watermelon “cuttin’ Day go for you guys on the 14th? I assume that 90,000 fans met at Sanford for the event. I reckon that all that watermelon mess looked pretty much like the end of the Tech game last year: nothing but red mashed sh*t on the field.

Kim Z's Package

August 17th, 2009
2:17 pm

TB when you show-up to a TECH practice then you can run your mouth. You read some crap people wrote or told you and you think what you think. Washingto has looked good since spring. We will miss Jaybo, but if we can put jax State down early then Tevin will get some playing time a t SPEED. that will tell us a little more than anything you have to say. Our back-up QB being out is going to hurt us, But UGA’s never has been is going to lead the Dawgs to the SEC championship. Damn, TB can I smoke some of your sh*t?

Yo Moma

August 17th, 2009
2:19 pm

Hey UGA how did Watermelon “Cuttin” Day go on the 14th? I guess 90,000 UGAs met at sandford “cuttin watermelons. Must have looked like last years Tech game a bunch of mashed red stuff covering the field. UGA loses 4 of last 5 games this year and the win is against Tech!


August 17th, 2009
2:27 pm

I really use to think Mr. College (sic) Football knew what he was talking about.

Get a clue Tony. If you are going to cover something outside the SEC, do a little research next time.

You demonstrate your bias and ignorance everyday.

NeNe's Greg's boss

August 17th, 2009
2:34 pm

It is okay Tech. You had your victory last year when you beat the “national title contender” DAWGS.

Football Expert

August 17th, 2009
2:37 pm

Injuries are a basic part of football. The coach will deal with it as usual.


August 17th, 2009
2:41 pm

What do any of you nerds know about South Beach. You could not catch a tan down there more less any hot chicks.


August 17th, 2009
2:42 pm

Jaybo Shaw is the back-up QB, who was an unproved true freshman back-up before the start of last year. Now all the sudden…. him missing the first three or so games this season is a HUGE LOSS. I’m sure CPJ will have Tevin Washington ready. He’s had a year to learn the system and will have three more week of practice, plus plenty of playing time vs. Jacksonville St. to gain experience.


August 17th, 2009
2:54 pm

Most of the GT fans here seem to think that you can just plug another QB into the triple option and it runs like a sewing machine. Nothing could be further from the truth. Moreover, you need not only athleticism but you need vast experience at QB in running the triple option, and that’s what Jaybo Shaw has…. at the high school and the college level. One aspect that some GT fans are totally overlooking is the fact that defensive coordinators now have a year of GT film and a year to hone their defensive plans for GT. This means that it will be difficult for GT to replicate their success running the triple option from last year. Paul Johnson knows this and has been working on developing a meaningful passing attack to keep defenses honest. Johnson cannot afford to become one dimensional like he did last year, but if he doesn’t have a QB that can throw the ball effectively, GT will struggle on offense this year. As with running the triple option, you need a QB with experience and success throwing the ball. And therein lies the long term problem of the triple option…… eventually, the good teams catch up with the triple option running attack, forcing the offense to throw the ball to keep from being one dimensional, but it’s very difficult to find a QB who can both run the triple option and pass the ball effectively against the top teams in the country. Without an effective passing QB, GT will struggle this year if it relies solely on the triple option!


August 17th, 2009
3:04 pm

I knew more about the subjects discussed in this article BEFORE I read the article. Surely, this piece was done on a gratis basis.


August 17th, 2009
3:04 pm

Tech supporters: shut up and wait until we’re 5-0 before you start this 10-2 blather. Of course losing Jaybo hurts us. There’s no reason to brag about how we’re going to beat the hell out of UGA. They recruit with the big boys and no doubt will have a better team. I’m not saying we can’t beat them, but there’s no reason to be picking a fight with the bully across the street until we consistently prove we belong on the field with them. They are the braggarts that never accomplish what they should and sound like classless rednecks on their way there. Lets concentrate on our first 3 opponents and then we can start to stick our chest out a little.

Tide Rising

August 17th, 2009
3:05 pm


Sorry but I still got to disagree with you on Nesbitt. I looked up his profile and it said 6′1 200 lbs. Maybe he’s a little bit bigger and maybe he’s up to something like 210-215 lbs. In any event 6′1 is not very big and 200-215 lbs is not very big for a running qb who is going up against 300lb defensive lineman when he runs against the interior of the d-line. And if he clears them he then runs into linebackers who are anywhere from 225 on the light side to 255 like Bama’s 2 inside linebackers. Too me a big back is 220lbs or more and a big qb would be someone like Tebow at 6′4 240lbs. I stand by my statement and even if you still consider 6′1 200-215 to be “big” then you must admit its not big when you’re running against D-lineman and linebackers.


August 17th, 2009
3:09 pm


Lifetime Channel reneges on televising the ACC Championship game, will instead air a repeat broadcast of the Sally Field movie, “I Want My Daughter Back”.

No word on if any networks are remotely interested in picking up the ACC…

GT Que

August 17th, 2009
3:10 pm

DaddyDawg – CPJ has been running this same offense with the same blocking schemes for over 20 years. He did it at Navy, Hawaii, and at Ga Southern. The same play that Willie Martinez’s defense allowed Roddy Jones to tight-rope down the sidelines into the endzone for the winning touchdown is THE SAME BLOCKING SCHEME that CPJ ran at Navy!!

It is soooo laughable when you pundits try to use the arguement that “people have a years worth of game film so now defense coordinators will be ready”

No smart guy, Willie Martinez had 20 years worth of game film and he still gave up over 400 yds on the ground

Your argument is laugable – Just laughable


August 17th, 2009
3:14 pm

Pensacola… I don’t believe you were watching the same game as most of us. You missed the whole ebb and flow of that game. Maybe your dog sat on the remote and changed the station?


August 17th, 2009
3:22 pm

DaddyDawg… hate to go against a fellow Dawg fan but your analysis does not hold up. Other coaches have been watching CPJ for years and he still beats them. Lets face it, he is a great coach. He beats your players not the other coach. Runs basic plays time and time again until the opposition makes a slight mistake in fundementals or alignment and boom td or hugh gain. He knows what he is doing and he knows what you are doing at all times. Wish he coached someplace else.

Jethro Boudine

August 17th, 2009
3:22 pm

Naught plus naught = Ga. Tech football logic… no one can stop our triple option offense (except maybe Gardner Webb Virginia, NC and LSU), having an experienced backup QB is no big deal (even though our excuse for being played close or losing last year was our QB was hurt). A three point win is a beatdown. A 9 and 4 season deserves a commemorative ring. One win over Georgia every 8 years means we are ready for an ACC Championship. CPJ is the next Bear Bryant. We don’t count any games when Chan Gailey was the coach.

Got 12?

August 17th, 2009
3:32 pm

Figuring out how to stop CPJ’s offense is the easy part. Having the defensive personnel to execute that plan is something completely different. Most ACC teams won’t have the personnel to get it done. With VPI’s Evans out for the season, I picked Tech to take the ACC-C but now it looks like UNC has a shot. Nesbitt will inevitability miss 2 games due to injury and will play hurt in 2 more. Without a proven backup, the Nesbittless games could prove to be the difference in the division race.

Voice of Reason

August 17th, 2009
3:36 pm

born2buzz- you obviously know nothing about Joe Cox. He has “sniffed the field” before when he led our comeback against Colorado and our win vs. Ole Miss a couple of years ago as well as our lone TD drive vs. Florida this past year. As far as senior QBs not being the answer, how about 5th year senior Matt Flynn at LSU winning a BCS championship after being 12-of-20 passing for 133 yards for the entire previous year? And if you kept up with football, or particularly UGA football as most of you Techie friends do, you would know that there is no question who our starter will be. Joe Cox was a top 5 QB out of high school and is better thn any QB GaTech has ever had on their roster. He just happened to be playing behind a #1 NFL draft pick. When you play for a legitimate football team like UGA, even great players are sometimes second string. If he wanted to get the starting job easily he would have gone somewhere like GT. Whiich then maybe your coach wouldn’t have been fired because he could make chicken salad out of chicken sh*t.