Josh Nesbitt thoughts

Good morning, folks-

This won’t be all that long. I’ve got a breakfast to get to.

Anyway, there were some questions from the Thursday blog that I’ll answer first.

1) R.B. Clyburn, a walk-on wide receiver, has left the team. I believe he may try out for the golf team.

2) Daniel McKayhan and Quentin Sims are both receivers on the roster who redshirted last fall. McKayhan has made a lot of progress this spring, I understand.

3) I haven’t heard anything new on Gani. As I said last week, my guess would be that he’d put his name in but not take an agent, if for no other reason than to give himself a little more time to decide. As for who would guard a big center in the post, if Lawal’s around, my guess is that he would. I’d have to think he’s physically stronger than Favors at this point and certainly a more experienced college defender.

I wrote a story for last Sunday about Josh Nesbitt about how he is trying to become a better passer. As sometimes seems to happen, it seems I pre-emptively jinxed him, as he hurt his shoulder in the scrimmage. And then Thursday, the day that the story on tennis player Doug Kenny ran, his doubles team lost and so did Tech, to N.C. State in the first round of the ACC tournament.

Anyway, I had to leave out some other stuff that I’ll toss at you.

1) By the end of the season, his ankles were bothering him a good bit. If you’ll remember, he injured both ankles last season, on top of the hamstring injury. However, he might have played his best in the Miami game, which followed the Carolina game, which was among his worst of the year. Said quarterbacks coach Brian Bohannon, “There was so much tape on [the ankles], he couldn’t do much. They were beat up pretty bad.”

2) The injuries impacted his development, as he was missing reps in practice and in games, which set him back. Bohannon said he got a better feel for the offense around the time of the Miami game. Bohannon: “I think having that season under his belt, him and Jaybo (Shaw) both, they can look back and they see things a lot better now than when you’re in the heat of it. … I think they’re getting a better understanding of what’s going on, that’s for sure.”

3) He’s becoming, or has become, the team’s offensive leader, and perhaps its overall leader. Nesbitt is not very outspoken, but is becoming moreso. Part of it is his confidence in his own play, and perhaps too in his own standing on the team. Bohannon has been pushing him and Jonathan Dwyer to take on the role. One way Nesbitt can do that is to keep the team looking forward, and not dwelling on bad plays. Bohannon said in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, he could tell Nesbitt was allowing himself to get down.

“I think a lot of [the players] did,” he said. “You see Josh after a bad play have his head down because he was mad at himself. But you’ve got to remember, he’s running the show. I’d like for him to carry himself better, good and bad.”

That said, as you can see when you watch him play, Nesbitt is a gamer. He has a real desire to get better as a quarterback. Said Bohannon, “Josh wants to be good, and Josh wants to win championships here.”

My guess is that Nesbitt will be a team captain in the fall. (If it’s possible. It’s unclear if juniors are allowed. It’ll be interesting, because there’s so few seniors on the team. Bohannon said that at Navy, only seniors were captains, but he wasn’t sure if that was a Navy thing.)

Not sure if he’ll play Saturday. He might be held out completely, or maybe play with a gold (non-contact) jersey.

56 comments Add your comment

MinnesotaJacket

April 17th, 2009
8:48 am

Frankly in the end Nes can only improve….If he is healthy it makes him quicker, and allows him to move around the pocket some if need be. Also if he is able to stay healthy most of spring he will be able to get his footwork down for passing which is a big thing for quarterbacks. Also with Hill coming in and the talented (but un-tried) recievers we have will have a lot of reps with Nes which I believe will lead him to some confidence this year.
Lastly Nes doesn’t have to be Bradford, or McCoy…all he needs to do is be a good pressure quarterback who makes the plays when he needs to, which I would say is a Tebo type trait (making the big plays when they matter)

C tha 1

April 17th, 2009
9:12 am

Nesbitt is a competitor and has the capacity to become better, however in the style of offense he spearheads injury may become a concern. He’s a tough guy but quaterbacks get mauled in the triple option.

Atlanta Jackets

April 17th, 2009
9:21 am

He’s a ROBOT! LOL! GO JACKETS…THWG. GO ROBOT GO ROBOT GO!

macrotech

April 17th, 2009
9:25 am

OMG! ROBOT ROLL CALL!!!! Vagisil 7 here, beep, buzzz, nerp, buzz, beep! I love GT!

harry

April 17th, 2009
9:28 am

Yeah Son! First.

Seriously

April 17th, 2009
9:30 am

Stop the Robot Roll Call.

If Nesbitt can stay healthy this year (meaning that Jaybo and Washington can get significant playing time to give Nesbitt a rest) then we will be very dangerous. Obviously in the TO the QB is his a lot more, so we need Nesbitt healthy, and hopefully pulled from games once we are up big.

Seriously

April 17th, 2009
9:31 am

QB is hit* a lot more, not his.

Tokyo jacket

April 17th, 2009
9:33 am

I think Nesbitt’s experience is going to surprise a lot of people this fall; it will drive a lot of development. Nesbitt will be all ACC this year!

harry

April 17th, 2009
9:33 am

Nevermind, my computer is slow :(

Mike Lum

April 17th, 2009
9:52 am

I still say Nesbitt has a long way to go, both as a passer and making good choices in the option. Sure hope he’s improved. It is tough to play hurt, and hopefully the added maturity / holding his head up will help. I love Jaybo, but Tech could stand to get more from the QB position next year.

the real Old Gold

April 17th, 2009
10:02 am

Go Tech. THWG!

MinnesotaJacket

April 17th, 2009
10:05 am

Jaybo was only brought in to be a backup because he played in the system all ready so he knew the offense better than anyone last year, Tevin will be the guy who will be the starter after Nes leaves not Jaybo, and that is saying if we do not bring in another talented/athletic quarterback next year (which I think we will)

bubbatech02

April 17th, 2009
10:10 am

Enter your comments here

bubbatech02

April 17th, 2009
10:11 am

just joking, i saw that “enter your comments here” thing done on another blog. anyway, i am excited for the upcoming season. i think its going to be a 10 win season.

JB

April 17th, 2009
10:12 am

I think Nesbitt did a great job for ya’ll last year. That Tailback ain’t to bad either…crushed my Dawgs…They are still laying sod in Athens after that performace. Hope we do a better job of tackling this year.

Joe Schmoe

April 17th, 2009
10:19 am

I agree with Minessota, Jaybo is probably a good kid, but will not be a starter at GT. Nesbitt has that spark that the others do not. I could not stand sitting in the bleachers with all the morons calling for Jaybo to enter the game. Really?

KG

April 17th, 2009
10:23 am

This kid has yet to set foot on the field with a combination of solid knowledge of this system and healthy legs. The Miami game was great and all but have we forgotten about the 300yds put up on FSU in the first half before his injury? Don’t forget, he started the season last year with a bad shoulder. We have yet to see what Josh is able to do completely healthy. With all of that being said, its crazy to think of what this offense is capable of this year and for years to come. Damn its good to be a Jacket! THWG!

MinnesotaJacket

April 17th, 2009
10:23 am

In the end all I have heard about Jaybo is he can RUN the offense well but does not have anywhere near adequate arm strength to be a passer in this offense….all of his passes have to be quick passes because he cannot throw the ball for the deep routes well. This is coming from a guy who was the 5th string quarterback who watched him play.
Nes WILL be better passing ( I mean considering how average he was last year…I just don’t think that will happen again ) and also Tevin is going ot be a great player for us in the near future with this year and another in his belt (and probably getting playing time in games such as duke, and such) to where his junior and senior year will be a great asset for our team.

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 17th, 2009
10:28 am

The Robot will be unstoppable.

Scary (If you’re the opposing team) how good this offense is going to be, even the fleabags suffering in denial know that. They won’t admit it, but they know.

JB

April 17th, 2009
10:45 am

Ramble on …We KNOW he’s good….But it’s Football…… App. State at Michigan…… Ole Miss at Fla.
LSU in the Peach Bowl……Tech in Athens…….Anything can happen when the whistle blows. Tech has earned the respect that teams will prepare a little different for you this year. We all love College Football and i enjoy watching Tech Except One Saturday a year.

Tickle Pile!!!

April 17th, 2009
10:45 am

As unstoppable as against LSU? That would be very impressive. I’m hoping we can rise up and win 8 or 9 this year.

Not Disappointed

April 17th, 2009
10:49 am

Glad to here Nesbitt will be more of a threat. I did enjoy watching him pass the football at Greene County a few years back. I would like see the other quarterbacks get the ball some tomorrow. Nevertheless, Nesbitt will get back and watch out opponents Ga Tech can really have a special year. “Ramblin Wreck!”

jacked jacket

April 17th, 2009
11:17 am

I am not the least bit concerned about Nesbitt or the offense its the DEFENSE that has me a little worried The way they finished up last season concerns me We should be better hopefully cause we wont win squat if we dont have a shut-down defense!!!!!!!!!!!

North Ave Jacket

April 17th, 2009
11:19 am

The Robot will be unstoppable. He will be the inverse of Reggie Ball. And Lord knows we needed that. Now can we get Calvin back for his last year?

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 17th, 2009
11:21 am

I hear you JB.

Thanks for leaving out the Gardner Webb game.

RAMBLE ON!!!

April 17th, 2009
11:23 am

I’m not a fan of Reggie due to his attitude, but he would have been a very good QB under CPJ.

Reebok

April 17th, 2009
11:36 am

Nesbitt is a terrific competitor and a tough guy, but let’s face it, he’s going to get hit on every play. Jaybo and at least 1 more QB need to be ready to go at any time, unless wewant a repeat of the Gardner-Webb debacle. GO JACKETS!

macrotech

April 17th, 2009
11:45 am

Imitation ‘Macrotech’, to mimic one is the greatest form of flattery….be a man and use your OWN name. Nesbitt will run this offense fine as long as he makes the right reads. He’s had moments of brilliance and there have been moments of bad decisions….I believe he should have an AMAZING year with a season under his belt! I like CPJ’s optimism and am quick to buy into it….he’s proven to shoot straight on everything else, thus far. Without a doubt, Tech fans have GREATER reason to be optimistic about this upcoming season than we did last…..the last one wasn’t THAT bad!!!! GO TECH!!!!!! AGAIN, GO TECH!!!!!!

Jacked Jacket

April 17th, 2009
12:44 pm

People dont worry We will average 40 a game Think DEFENSE!!!!!

Saint Simons

April 17th, 2009
12:48 pm

45-42!!!! hahahahahahahahahahaha

Todd

April 17th, 2009
12:54 pm

I’m with JB. Tech earned some respect by playing well most of last season. Next season will be a whole new experience though. I think Coach Johnson will have the boys ready to go. Lots of tough opponents and a young defensive line will make it challenging. Go Tech!! By the way, what is this “tickle pile” stuff. I hate reading the blogs and seeing that language. Sounds very creepy.

Todd

April 17th, 2009
12:58 pm

Forgive my ignorance…”Googled” the term and found the true meaning. Still sounds wierd though.

jacketbacker

April 17th, 2009
1:49 pm

i’m with jacked…..the offense will be fine and fun to watch….the DEFENSE has got to improve if we are to compete for championships…..

45-42!!!!

THWG

Hey Todd

April 17th, 2009
1:50 pm

To help you understand a “Tickle Pile”…..UGA fans made up the name after their anger of what happened last November. A sort of way to say “all Tech fans are gay” to make them feel better. It’s sorta ramped up a bit now that they’re losing to Tech in all things sports. It’s also sort of strange as they are more use to the traditional “cuddle pile” as depicted below by Matthew Stafford and Joe Cox.

http://deadspin.com/258009/i-guess-you-cant-be-a-successful-quarterback-until-youve-been-with-a-man

Geori

April 17th, 2009
2:20 pm

Unless Tevin learns how to throw, David Sims will be the next starter.

Seriously

April 17th, 2009
2:38 pm

Maybe Dockie Coppage’s goofy ass will get in some time.

m

April 17th, 2009
2:54 pm

The important thing is that Tech is now developing QB’s once again. Expect each and every QB to get better every year…much like they did when the Fridge was here. The 6 years under Gailey, each and every QB got worse every year due to the COMPLETE LACK OF COACHING. Thank God and Greyhound that the worst coach in Tech history, the worst nightmare in TECH history, is gone forever; and has been replaced by a real football coach with a real football staff. Hallleeeedamloooyah!!!

Jack G.

April 17th, 2009
2:59 pm

Nesbitt is just another of a long list of GT QB’s that cant pass.
Reggie Ball seems to have rubbed off on the whole program. The team is going nowhere fast until they find a QB who can do something besides run with the ball.

Steve

April 17th, 2009
3:17 pm

As a big Dawg fan, I have to admit that Nesbitt and Dwyer will be one of the most dangerous combinations in the country. And you guys have that big reciever back also. If the defense holds up, I could see 9-3 or 10-2 for Tech this year. Easily think Dwyer will be in the top 5 for Heisman if he stays healthy, probably rushing for 1,700-1,800 yards. This system produces major running backs. Dwyer will probably go pro, but I think we’ll have to face Nesbitt one more year after that.

The QB in Johnson’s system takes a pounding. That’s the reason you need 3 good ones for this system to be fully effective. Congrats Tech on a very good coach, unless Defensive Coordianators figure out this system that is.

macrotech

April 17th, 2009
3:50 pm

Steve, i’m biased, but i agree with you on all accounts. SHOULD make the rivalry between our teams a little more enjoyable regardless. I respect your honesty and look forward to seeing BOTH teams have amazing seasons to come….obviously, i’ll be pulling against ya in the last game of the season though. You’re a class act.

MinnesotaJacket

April 17th, 2009
3:51 pm

Hey Jack how about you learn an entire new offensive system where you have to make the right reads pretty much 70% of the time in a split second…then have an offensive line learn a completely new blocking scheme that they are not used to at all….AND THEN take into account that all of the pass plays are completely different than any you have ever run….IF YOU can throw 70% complete with all that you have to learn in less than 6 months be my guest..

MinnesotaJacket

April 17th, 2009
3:53 pm

Seriously…yeah I agree let Doc play…but then he quit the team this year, can’t really blame a an awesome athlete who came to be a drop back quarterback haha

stan

April 17th, 2009
4:06 pm

I’m proud of Josh Nesbitts advancement at QB
when healthy at the end of the season.. He did a very good job

surfrider

April 17th, 2009
4:18 pm

If not mistaken Tech won 5 games by 5 points or less or something to that effect and lost two games by 7 points or less, so having a gamer at QB is key. There should be big improvement between the first and second season at QB. Joe Hamilton comes to mind between his first starting year and his second starting year and also Shawn Jones, Godsey and Dewberry. If our defense is good and we improve in passing this could be a good year.

SugarHillDawg=Nerd Tormentor

April 17th, 2009
9:29 pm

You guys MIGHT be good on offense BUT your defense is gonna make the UGA defense in the Tech game look like the steel curtain.The ONLY reason you guys one that game was because we couldn’t stop you guys on that one 4TH down play. You NERDS KNOW we woulda scored again!

razerGT

April 17th, 2009
10:05 pm

Hmm…. the dawgs were 1-2 in fourth down conversions and 6-13 in third down conversions… so no, we don’t know that.

chuck allison

April 17th, 2009
10:18 pm

Tickle, you said you wanted us to rise up and win 8 or 9 this year. We play 12; what do you want us to do with the other 3 or 4?

Someone said that we have yet to see what Nesbitt can do when he is healthy. Why do you think that is? If he ever gets healthy, we might could see. I sure would like to see him really healthy for once. He does pretty well injured.

qdog2

April 18th, 2009
8:48 am

I can’t believe GT fans are still bad mouthing Reggie Ball. Check the highest winning % for Tech QBS. Hamilton, Jones, & then Ball. Remember Ball had less than adequate coaching and NO WIDE RECEIVERS (except CJ for 1 year). He led the team to four straight bowl games and was ACC Rookie of the Year.

GT

April 18th, 2009
9:14 am

Tech plays the game with attitude. They don’t get too high or low, but they keep their heads in the game for four quarters and are not concern about anything but the next play. This was very well underlined in the Georgia game. Georgia came out the second half expecting Tech to be the old Gailey Tech and they would have a cakewalk while the coaches on the Tech sideline stood there with their smirks like this is your problem, we are just hourly workers who can’t help you. It starts with Brian Bohannon expecting more leadership out of his quarterbacks, noticing the quarterback had his head down and understanding even in the worse loss of the year how that effects the future. I never will forget the Va. Tech game here at Tech two years ago. The players were walking around the field like they were on the church lawn for a Sunday picnic, no emotion, they looked spacey. These coaches coach away from that early. This offense makes the players stay awake. The receivers have to block and carry the ball, the quarterback gets hit about every play, the linemen have to move and be athletic. The defense is not expected to stay on the field all day because the cavalier offense can’t get the plays right or even the downs correct. I think old pro type offenses were great when we had football players playing those positions, like the Dooley teams or the Dodd teams, but when we started putting track stars and slow nonathletic quarterbacks, that like field goal kickers have one talent, the game changes and the attitude changed. CPJ is bringing real football back to college football, forget the showboat pro game, he understands wins sale tickets as much as a beauty contest.

bowl disappointments

April 18th, 2009
10:19 am

With defenses given only one week to prepare, GT is going to have a very good regular season offensively.

However, I’m afraid that having weeks to prepare for this offense is going to be a bowl defeat for the Jackets year after year.

see UGA loss vs. LSU win from 08