Something to tide you over, a Q&A with Josh Nesbitt

Josh Nesbitt will be a lot better this fall, so says coach Paul Johnson.

And he wasn’t saying that because Nesbitt had a bad year last year.

Nesbitt rushed for almost 700 yards and four touchdowns, passed for 800 yards and two more TDs while helping Tech come very close to winning the ACC’s Coastal Division.

And that was just his first season as a starting college quarterback and playing in an offense that was very different than anything he had played before. After all, he was a passing quarterback at Greene County High School.

 

While Nesbitt wouldn’t give up his recipe for pork chops, he did talk about the LSU game, and the expectations for this season (they are quite high).

 When I return, we can talk about Gani Lawal’s decision and how it will affect Tech, as well as the rest of the ACC.

 

 Also, to clarify how the AJC uses blogs: we don’t break news on the blogs, we generally talk about the news that has happened. So, go to ajc.com/sports or http://www.ajc.com/gatech/content/sports/gatech/index.html?cxntlid=nav_sprts_tch for news about Tech. Come to the blog to talk about that news.

 

Also, we have a separate blog for recruiting, which Darryl Maxie capably oversees.

 So, onto the conversation with Nesbitt:

 

 

AJC: How’s the shoulder?

JN: Everything’s healing well. 100 percent.

 

AJC: So you ready to get out there?

JN: Yes sir. Back with the team doing everything.

 

AJC: Coach Paul Johnson remarked yesterday that most people forget last year was your first season as a college starting quarterback. What’s the biggest difference between what you know about the offense in the fall, compared to now?

JN: In the fall it was like starting over, learning new things. Now, I feel like I have everything down pat and a feel for what coach wants me to do. I know what coach wants me to do. When I go out on the field, I know what checks coach wants me to make. I know where guys are supposed to be. So, I feel real comfortable right now.

 

AJC: Does it feel like you operating on instinct, as opposed to thinking about everything like in the fall?

JN: I don’t have to think as much. Everything’s just been quick now.

 

AJC: He said yall looked a lot faster in spring practice. Did yall feel that as well?

JN: Yes, because this offense is something that’s new for everybody. All of us have adjusted to it very well. Now that we know this we can just go out and play.

 

AJC: People are asking coach yesterday that now teams have a year’s worth of game film that they will be able to stop yall’s offense. Paraphrasing, he said “I find that hilarious, I really do. You can still beat us, but it’s not going to because you come up with some new scheme.” Does his confidence carry over to the team?

JN: Of course. We feel like any given moment of the game, any given set we can score. It doesn’t matter if you play it right, it only takes one person to be wrong.

 

AJC: When you first started learning the offense did you feel that way?

JN: Yes, because that’s the way he taught it. Because he taught us that if we do everything right, and everybody’s on the same page, there’s going to be a big play somewhere.

 

AJC: Yall have got a lot of speed at the skill positions this year. Is that fun for you when you are thinking about the checks and what may happen?

JN: Oh yeah. It doesn’t matter who is in the game, we don’t lose a step with anyone. We’re a lot more loaded than we were last year.

 

AJC: Who is the fastest player on the team now? And you can’t say you.

JN: I’m going to go with Morgan Burnett is fastest.

 

AJC: I didn’t know if Marcus [Wright] was faster.

JN: No, Marcus is not faster.

 

AJC: Who’s second fastest, who does it come down to?

JN: Not including myself, I would say kind of a tie. Mario Edwards or Jonathan Dwyer.

 

AJC: The offensive line had a lot of injuries to the starters in the spring. Two of the guys missed the whole spring, another guy missed some of the spring. Does that concern you going into August, or does it give you a little more confidence because other people got to get some reps.

JN: I’m not concerned. People can be injured, but as long as they stay in the game mentally and their backups are getting reps I feel pretty good about it.

 

AJC: Reading your bio in the media guide, it said one thing you cook very well is pork chops. What’s your pork chop recipe?

JN: I can’t tell you that. My mother will get mad for that one.

 

AJC: Can you even give a hint? Give a hint to a good porkchop?

JN: Know what you are doing.

 

AJC: Ever had a porkchop as good as you make? Or your mom makes?

JN: No.

 

AJC: It’s a tough beginning to the schedule this year. What’s going to be the key to getting a good start?

JN: Just us as a team making sure everybody is on the same page, meaning all three aspects of the game, kicking, defense, offense. Make sure everybody knows their role and make sure we have fun.

 

AJC: If we could talk about the bowl game for a second. Do you think, had yall caught the first touchdown pass, would it have been a different game?

JN: I think it would have been a different game.

 

AJC: Was it deflating?

JN: At the time, me myself, I have to have a short memory. Once I looked back at it, what if we had done this, had done that. You can’t dwell on the past much. You can only look at the future.

 

AJC: Was it the fastest defensive line you faced last year?

JN: Fastest, hands down. Fastest and biggest.

 

AJC: If people watch film of that, do you think they will have keys to beat yall? You can’t coach size and speed.

JN: People will go back and watch the film. If you really go back and watch that film we beat ourselves.

 

AJC: Any other moments from that game. If I had done this or done that?

JN: Me, myself. I got too emotional. I think I have grown and matured from that. Somebody from back home always told me your facial expression will tell you everything, and your body language. People will feed off my body language because I’m the leader of the team. I believe in that game I had very poor body language. I just got too caught up in the game.

 

AJC: How do you feel as a passer. I know yall worked a lot on that in December and a lot in the spring. How much improvement do you feel you’ve made?

JN: A lot because not many people realize this I was a passer coming into college. My first year I was used to run the ball so I wasn’t working on any passing. so I got back to the basic with footwork and throwing mechanics. And still working on it to this day. Getting better.

 

AJC: Any wrinkles to this offense we can expect to see?

JN: Very explosive.

 

AJC: What are your expectations for this year?

JN: [long pause]

 

AJC: Coach said yesterday he expects to win every game.

JN: We ‘re looking to be 14-0. Whatever comes with that.

 

AJC: What do you have planned for the rest of the summer?

JN: Class.

 

AJC: What classes are you taking?

JN: Math, International Affairs and an Independent Study class. Besides school, just work hard to get better. Build my confidence even higher than what it is right now.

Right now we are pretty high.

 

AJC: Which player were you most impressed by in the spring?

JN: Everybody got better. Even our redshirt people came in and, knowing that this is their year to play, they stepped up really big for us in the spring.

 

AJC: Anything you want to say to the Georgia Tech fans out there?

JN: To hell with Georgia.

 

135 comments Add your comment

Brad

June 18th, 2009
9:11 pm

Thanks for the interview Doug!

THWG

GT76

June 18th, 2009
9:17 pm

I love the 14 and O part. That’s the only way to think at this point. Paul Johnson is in a position to be a great coach at a great school with a great history. He can even be the greatest! Should be a great year for Georgia Tech!

YouKnow

June 18th, 2009
9:18 pm

Dude, get the picture: Quit the blog, you sorry dog homer. Come up with questions that haven’t been asked countless times. Get lost.

Al

June 18th, 2009
9:50 pm

Doug,
Can you give us some of the details regarding Rich McKay’s lecture to the team this week? What was discussed and how it came about?

ugablows

June 18th, 2009
10:12 pm

hell to the yeah Josh! and not a bad interview there Doug

chbe06

June 18th, 2009
10:40 pm

Thanks Doug! Waiting for the moronic statements in 3….2….1….

jacketbacker

June 18th, 2009
10:41 pm

i enjoyed the read and can’t wait ’til september!!

THWG

Saint Simons

June 18th, 2009
10:49 pm

good article!

techaroo

June 18th, 2009
10:50 pm

Josh is the man that’s going to carry out the plan!
May want to leave the women and children at home if you’re an opposing fan cause it’s going to be SCARY!

Saint Simons

June 18th, 2009
10:50 pm

45-42!!!!!!!! hahahahhahahaahahhahahhahaaha

Burger King Dawg

June 18th, 2009
11:02 pm

U dont know NUTHIN!!!

chuck allison

June 18th, 2009
11:03 pm

My favorite question answer is:
AJC: What do you have planned for the rest of the summer?
JN: Class.

Spoken like someone who plans to graduate. Go Josh.

JJ

June 18th, 2009
11:24 pm

What’s the good word?
THWG

Jackets21

June 18th, 2009
11:31 pm

Seriously AJC, can we find a way to keep these blog comments from getting like this? Some 15 year olds on both sides are getting out of hand
Great interview Doug. Keep them coming. I’d be interested in an interview with Wommack and an outlook for the new D.
As for the article itself, Josh Nesbitt is a warrior. The Miami and UNC games proved he will sacrifice for the team. With two good wheels and the weapons he has around him, our offense will be potent this year. I think he throws for 1500 and runs for 1000 if he stays healthy. Sept. 5 is inching closer

unrinates on Dawgs

June 18th, 2009
11:55 pm

This gets me even more pumped up baby….I love hearing from the players…their confidence! I can’t wait til Toe meets Leather!

CaryJacket

June 19th, 2009
2:52 am

Doug: Nice read. Thank you.

Interesting comments from Josh about fastest players on the team: Burnett and then a tie between Dwyer and Edwards. I had read on a message board where Cooper Taylor was one of the faster, if not fastest, players on the team.

It would be interesting to see where guys like Taylor, Marcus Wright, Embry Peeples, Roddy Jones, etc., stack up against Burnett, Dwyer and Edwards.

Enjoyed the blog.

GT4Ever

June 19th, 2009
6:28 am

I would love to see more passing this year, I can’t wait to see how good this offense can really be. Hold on cause it’s going to be a fun ride.

Jacket Attack

June 19th, 2009
7:50 am

Josh the Robot Nesbitt!!!! Rock it!

Jaded Jacket

June 19th, 2009
8:34 am

Is it true that Roddy Jones injures his wrist lifting weights?

RAMBLE ON!!!

June 19th, 2009
8:47 am

Nice article Doug, I was hoping you were going to ask about some shotgun formations or new wrinkles to the offense. CPJ has said many times, he’s only implemented about half of the offense.

I love that last line, THWG!!!

gtsux

June 19th, 2009
9:33 am

NES will be BITT at the end of this year making his record 1-2 vs. the DAWGS!!

Reality Check GT

June 19th, 2009
9:36 am

It is amazing how the entire GA Tech program and players are only focused on beating GA! Other programs strive for bowl wins, conference championships, etc… Tech gets rings made for beating a team that is on the schedule every SINGLE year. Great season guys!

GTRox

June 19th, 2009
9:47 am

gtsux: Last year was Nesbitt first year as a starter, so he’s technically 1-0 versus the mutts and will be 2-0 after this year.

Hey Reality

June 19th, 2009
9:53 am

They got a ring to commemerate the bowl game… that has been repeated countless times. They got to choose what they wanted to inscribe on the inside and they put the score of their rivalry game. Big freakin deal. UGA retired a players jersey who “stopped the drought against tech”. PJ and JN just said in the interview that they’re plan is to win all 14 games. NOT JUST 1. Quit being bitter about the loss last year and focus on your own team. Why are you on the GEORGIA TECH BLOG and not the GEORGIA BLOG? Ever think it’s YOU that obsesses a little too much about US and not the other way around. I’m not on the UGA blog because I hate the Dawgs. What would I get about reading about them or what their fans have to say? Guess I wouldn’t read much from you there since you’re always here with us. What a douchebag.

Hey Reality

June 19th, 2009
10:00 am

P.S. Why are you reading an article entitled “Q and A with Josh Nesbitt?” Why would a die hard dawg fan care about that article? Or are you only here to harrass people and act like a douche?

Phil McCrotch

June 19th, 2009
10:30 am

that is exactly why he’s on here. Dog fans come on gt blogs and try to be tough guys by talking down to people. What they don’t know is they come off looking like whiney ignorant f-tards. And don’t give me the old bs about..”you’re on our blogs so we come on yours”….blah blah blah STFU and go away.

Nesbitt sounds like he has his sh*t together. Very confident young man and gt is lucky to have him running the show on the field. Good luck this year Jackets!!

superDawg

June 19th, 2009
10:46 am

This is for all teckies everywhere all is fair in love and war,and this is not love.SO BITE MY HAIRY BULLDOG ASS!

DawgEatVol

June 19th, 2009
10:46 am

Phil why don’t you talk to m, yellow fuzz, Ramble, St Simons, etc about trolling opposing teams blogs. I’m a dawg fan but read the blog because I like to follow stories about teams UGA competes against. Nesbitt seems like a good leader and I wish him well against everyone not wearing the red and black.

Jaded Jacket

June 19th, 2009
10:47 am

Is is true that Roddy Jones injured his wrist while lifting weights?

JB

June 19th, 2009
10:48 am

As a Dawg fan, I respect what Tech and Johnson did in year one. That being said, I do think the offense will be better this year, but so will people playing you the second time around and LSU showing a plan of blowing up the play at the line ( Les miles words, not mine). My business partner is a Tech Grad and a season ticket holder. He is worried about the Defense. Most teams will run on you and control the clock and keep that great offense on the sidelines. That’s what I hope my Dawgs do.

TampaDawg

June 19th, 2009
10:49 am

To hell with Georgia?? Any football team that buys a ring b/c they finally beat a team they had been dominated by over the past 7 years, is pathetic. Time to start another streak

Jaded Jacket

June 19th, 2009
10:53 am

I’ve seen some extensive chatter on another site that Roddy Jones recently broke his wrist while lifting weights. Anyone else heard this?

GT

June 19th, 2009
10:54 am

The is something about PJ’s confidence that reminds you of Spurrier. Instead of being politically correct he is honest, what a refreshing way to be. This team will win and drive the rest of the world crazy doing it which will produce a following at Grant Field.

dawgone good dawg

June 19th, 2009
10:59 am

November 24, 2009 the stars return to their proper alignment. The Dawgs are gonna break you gnats down like a single barrel shotgun.

judd

June 19th, 2009
11:10 am

i really like josh’s game and i love his attitude. he really showed great promise as the season went along–and by promise, i mean he continued to improve in johnson’s system. i hope he can stay healthy. i know with this offense, the quarterback can take some hits….and i think josh is tough enough to bounce back up. will jaybo be the backup again this season, or will one of the new guys rise up? i guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Phil McCrotch

June 19th, 2009
11:17 am

Dawg, can’t speak on their behalf but if people would stop having the urge to talk sh*t about the other team no matter whose blog it is and have some kind of meaningful posts then all this would stop. I just get tired of SOME of the dog fans thinking just because a gt fan does it on a ga blog the that means they have to come over and do it on a gt blog and so on and so forth. Very childish. It just gets tiresome.

And thanks for the meaningful post.

bb

June 19th, 2009
11:17 am

Reading the opponent’s blog is one thing, posting trash is another. And, yes, GT has some fans that are childish and immature (just like every school). I usually skip comments by the ones you mentioned when they show up on THIS blog, I can’t imagine the trash they might post on the UGA blogs.

What’s especially annoying is that the small minded UGA fans like to fill the GT blogs with trash. You can’t have a decent exchange of ideas without having to wade through the muck the dawg fans post.

But, we all learned in Kindergarten that ‘two wrongs don’t make a right’. Some people need to GROW UP and GET A LIFE.

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

June 19th, 2009
11:18 am

Dawgone good dawg’s boyfriend (and also second cousin) likes to treat him like a shotgun. Especially the loading part!

Go Gators

Phil McCrotch

June 19th, 2009
11:19 am

see…bb gets it!

Hey TampaDawg

June 19th, 2009
11:22 am

Lemme try and explain this once again so even your dumb ass can understand it. Tech got rings to commemorate the Chic Fil A bowl. The players were given the opportunity to inscribe what they wanted on the inside of the ring. They chose to put the score of their rivalry game. The ring was not for the game in november. It was for the bowl in january…does that make sense or are you still confused??? Remember how UGA retired a players jersey for “ending the drought against tech”? Quit whinning. Also, Georgia fans – Saint Simon’s is a Dawg fan posing as a Tech fan. If you haven’t figured that out yet you’re a lot dumber than I thought.

hey jaded (we know your a scared dawg hiding behind a fake name) – does that mean roddy won’t be able to put up 200 + yards on your team this year? or are you just hoping he broke his wrist so that won’t happen again?

Finally

June 19th, 2009
11:25 am

I think the majority of Tech Fans are finally glad to see good leaders on the team.

Sugar Hill Dawg

June 19th, 2009
11:25 am

Lord Almighty! I love college football! I grew up a Tech fan, saw the light, graduated from UGA in 1975 and have been a bug basher ever since! As much as I hate to admit it, last year’s game was the best thing to happen to the rivalry since Wally Butts and Bobby Dodd glared at each other across the Grant Field turf. As much as we hate the Gators, Vols, Plainsmen (My son’s a sophomore at Auburn – I had a lovely Christmas break!), etc. we’d begun to take an annual victory over the Jackets for granted. I love stopping by The Varsity, pigging out, insulting a few Tech folks, then crossing the downtown connector to watch the Dawgs wreck some Tech *@#! Good luck to the Jackets as they try to win the AAA leagure they play in – the SEC (not the lowly MSU and Vandy version) looms in November! Go Dawgs!

Hey SugarHill

June 19th, 2009
11:31 am

SEC vs ACC was tied last year during the regular season.

Quit acting like the SEC and UGA are god. Calm down.

Hey Jaded

June 19th, 2009
11:33 am

My bad about the comments earlier. I pretty much think everyone on here is a Dawg at this point. You were right. Roddy Jones did break his wrist. You wouldn’t know it from the terrible AJC coverage.

My bad man…

uga can suck ma balllls!

June 19th, 2009
11:45 am

mullet nation…thanks for lending your mom’s chin so I can rest ma balls on it! 45-42

anotherdawg

June 19th, 2009
11:46 am

Hey Phil, I’m in total agreement with you about the blogs. I wish the college blogs were more like the Falcons blog where you can have meaningful discussions about your team instead of the childish crap that people like Ramble On, Saint Simons, yellow fuzz, etc. post on other peoples blogs. And, of course, there are UGA, Fla, Al, etc. fans that are just as bad. Come on people, while some is cute, most is downright childish. Personally, I think Paul Johnson is a heck of a coach, and I think GT’s program is better off now with him at the helm. But, it bothers me when people post trash that goes way beyond friendly banter, actually more like pure hatred.

superDawg

June 19th, 2009
12:13 pm

PURE HATRED YOU GOT IT.

PTC Jacket

June 19th, 2009
12:17 pm

I’m sure I’m one of the many Georgia Tech students (and fans) that think that the Tech Bowl (VT @ GT) is more important than the UGA game. Sorry, but not everything is about the Dawgs.

gtsux

June 19th, 2009
12:24 pm

gtrox….doesnt matter if hes a starter or not he still played in 07 and was bitc…..slapped..he will be 1-2 as a gt player come thanksgiving…turkey

Kg

June 19th, 2009
12:25 pm

Sugerhill Queer, you still haven’t picked up my trash! I hope im the Tech fan that gets insulted this year! I love whooping redneck trash!