Monday, Monday

First, I hope yall got a chance to check out the package online and in print about some of the interesting majors that the football players have: http://www.ajc.com/sports/jackets-dogs-excel-in-the-classroom-127164.html

I’ll say this, after reading the course descriptions for those classes, I don’t know how in the world anybody graduates from college anymore. Of course, you know the old joke about journalists and math classes.

I also hope you enjoyed the special section previewing the college football season that was in Sunday’s paper. 

Anyway, we’re six days away from the first game (depending upon when you read this). While I was at an outing Sunday afternoon, someone asked which player is going to make the most improvement this season.

My answer: Josh Nesbitt.

Johnson has said as much over the summer, and then he added last week that Nesbitt played the last half of last season with a bad ankle.

Based upon the improvement the offenses have shown between years 1 and 2 at Johnson’s previous stops (as documented in the special section), Nesbitt’s confidence and efficiency with the offense should be evident early against Jacksonville State.

Johnson’s quarterbacks have rushed for more than 1,000 yards in the second season. Can Nesbitt do it? Will he improve his passing percentage, which was in the low 40s last season? Will he improve his yards per completion? Will he hurt teams with his passing this year?

I believe he will, and if so, this will be an interesting year to cover Georgia Tech football.

73 comments Add your comment

B'Ham Jacket

August 30th, 2009
9:52 pm

GTFan

August 30th, 2009
9:54 pm

AJC needs someone new to monitor the Tech fan blog… Chris doesn’t post enough and doesn’t even address the football team…. or discussion for that matter… Tech needs better coverage!

Steve

August 30th, 2009
9:56 pm

Nesbitt will be greatly improved…. IF HE REMAINS HEALTHY. His improvement will be a nice change from the lack of improvement that Reggie Ball showed during his 4 seasons under Chan. I now think we have the right coach and the right QB in place… now lets hope the special teams also improve.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

August 30th, 2009
10:17 pm

I agree with Steve. It is going to be extremely hard for Josh to stay healthy, but IF he does, this is going to be a special year offensively for sure.

I am also hoping the offensive line improves along with the special teams. If our offense can win some games for us early on, maybe our defense can improve enough along the way to actually win a big one for us later in the season.

Go Jackets!!

Doug Roberson

August 30th, 2009
10:27 pm

A bit of news: Cameron Tringale was named to the Walker Cup team, which is what he was working for during the summer. I would guess his strong showing in the U.S. Amateur helped his cause.

Timmy

August 30th, 2009
10:36 pm

We need to start a petition to get Chris off the fan blog.

GTBuzz85

August 30th, 2009
10:39 pm

You reference the classroom article. It is funny to compare UGA’s Art and Pyschology majors with Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering! There is no comparison to the difficulty of these 2 majors.

Minnesota Jacket

August 30th, 2009
11:13 pm

GTBUZZ you took the words right out of my mouth haha

Engy

August 30th, 2009
11:59 pm

Who is GTFan and why is he constantly putting down Tech’s beat and fan bloggers?

In any case, I third GTBuzz in his sentiment. Anybody trying to compare psych and art to a hard science engineering degree should be inviting nothing but ridicule.

Tokyo jacket

August 31st, 2009
12:45 am

Steve – I agree with you on both counts. It’s really nice to be excited about the mental progression of a player, specifically the one who touches the ball on every play. I haven’t had this kind of excitement since Reggie Ball was a sophomore (before I knew he would never be developed).

Also, Nesbitt does need to stay healthy, particularly through September. Two things should contribute greatly to this: better O-line and RB play should mean fewer touches for Nesbitt and resting in a lot of 4th quarters :)

I don’t think Nesbitt will run for 1,000 yards because of the increased use of pitches and quick handoffs as well as a little higher perpensity to throw the ball. The TO really isn’t the only play in the books.

richard cranium

August 31st, 2009
12:47 am

Welcome to the AJC where we have to play up ART and PSYCH so we don’t offend our readers who support UGA….

I drove through Athens the other day and two PSYCH degrees and an ART degree fell into my backseat as I went through the McDonalds drive-through…

Please.

Cuttysark

August 31st, 2009
1:29 am

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will have a very successful season this year as they now have a better understanding of what is involved in operating the most devastating form of offensive football, the triple option.

To GTFan, go check out isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football Articles and Coverage.

Not Disappointed

August 31st, 2009
5:20 am

Yes, I am excited about this season on the Flats, but I do agree with the sentiments of GTBuzz85, Minn Jackets, Engy on Education.

I do believe Nesbitt has a big year, but it don’t think he will have to gain a 1000 yards to be sucessful for the Jackets. We have a lot of offensive weapons in our second year for the Coach Paul Johnson.

“It’s almost time for College Football!”

Ramblin Wreck!

Booger

August 31st, 2009
7:07 am

let’s see the improvement in our defense. no question the offense can handle a new season, but keeping the other offense off the field is what we need to improve on.

Ed-Covington

August 31st, 2009
7:12 am

Keep it up Chris! Agree with above comments about UGA Majors! “How many points is a 3-point shot worth?” THWG!
RC: Good point about UGA degrees! Good health to everyone.

m

August 31st, 2009
7:23 am

The one thing you are going to see under Paul Johnson is more and better QB’s. And QB’s that are are coached UP.

Under the chan gomer gailey error, every QB he had got worse under him…not better. AJ Suggs and Reggie Ball both regressed under chan gomer gailey.

Well, thanks to God and Greyhound, chan gomer gailey, the worst coach in the history of the free world, the coach that destroyed Tech football for 6 long, sorry years is gone forever!! Any Tech fan, and especially Tech websites (like the Hive) that supported him and defended him and tolerated his miserable mediocrity and helped him destroy TECH football….all of them suck just as bad as chan does.

With Paul Johnson, we have a real college football coach…one that all Tech fans can be proud of and excited about….and one our opponents fear.

But all this enthusiasm and national attention is only possible because DRAD had the courage to get rid of the worst coach in history, chan gomer gailey…Thank God and Greyhound.

reebok

August 31st, 2009
8:10 am

Show up for the games, everybody. It is pathetic that we can’t fill up a 55K seat stadium. It’s time to step it up and improve the gameday atmosphere at the Flats!

Don

August 31st, 2009
8:18 am

Josh looked good throwing the football in the fall scrimmages. Last year he sailed a lot of passes over the heads of the receivers but his footwork looked a lot better. With Dwyer, Allen, Nesbitt and Jones coming at defenses from all angles there will be a lot of defensive coordinators with ulcers this year. For more Georgia Tech football talk visit: http://www.bbuzzoff.com

GA Tech Insider

August 31st, 2009
8:33 am

m; you are an embarrassment to all true GA tech fans. Grow up.

Sarge

August 31st, 2009
8:39 am

Did anybody know that Jon Richt threw 2 touchdown passes Saturday? If yod didn’t know maybe it’s because the Athens Journal Constitution writers didn’t post it enough times.

pass 60% fan

August 31st, 2009
8:53 am

A Rob

August 31st, 2009
9:02 am

m, many of us agree whole-heartedly with you on what happened during the Gailey years….that said, don’t you think it is time to put that era behind us? Chan was and always will be a stand up guy of high character. Let it go.

BLAZER

August 31st, 2009
9:10 am

REGGIE AND CHAN WHO????????????????????

HOW ABOUT JOSH, J.D. & PAUL NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 31st, 2009
9:17 am

It’s about that time to ignite the ROBOT ROLL CALL.

BobinBuford

August 31st, 2009
9:19 am

Sarge:

What made that even more impressive was that he did that for Mars Hill College against that football power house, North Greenville University!! The only thing I know about Mars Hill is that they have a pretty good community theater group there in the summer.

Meanwhile, GT recruit Charles Perkins runs for 303 yards and a TD for Collins Hill against Parkview.

Actually, Parkview could probably beat both Mars Hill College and North Greenville University.

BobinBuford

August 31st, 2009
9:26 am

In addition, given the interest in the AJC about the children of SEC football coaches, will we get regular updates on the progress of Urban Meyer’s daughter on the GT Women’s Volleyball team??

BruinJacket

August 31st, 2009
9:35 am

m, is that seriously how you want people to view Georgia Tech? Please, for your own good and the good of everyone else who comes to this website, move on and let’s all just look forward. Let go of the past.

Ed-Covington

August 31st, 2009
9:37 am

m: have you just pasted the same comment on every blog for the past year? I think we all (meaning the entire population of the Earth) know your one thought by now. Leave the comments for current topics, please.
GO TECH!! THWG!!

Louisiana Jacket

August 31st, 2009
9:41 am

Sarge and Bobin…frankly guys I could not ask for a better start to the first gameday week…(just saying that is giving me chill bumps)…Great stuff guys absolutey great stuff!!

Also Nes I think will be a little bit better this year (injury whise) because I really think he will take fewer hits once our passing game opens up…BUT to all Jackets we need to all be hoping for a VT win against Alabama ( I know I hate the Hokies to BUT… we need them to be good so when we beat them we look even beter) With that said to Hell with Georgia…Roddy is still running…and we are 5 days away..

BobbyGodd

August 31st, 2009
10:27 am

Amazed at how much better not only GT but football in general is covered by the Macon newspaper over the AJC. I have been an avid AJC reader for 30+ years and this past year has really seen it go downhill. Macon Telegraph…you have done outstanding!!!

The GT blog has someone that lacks both football IQ and most especially any caring or loyalty to his responsibilities. Why not have a GT fan contest of some kind to see who wants this job? State the amount of money it pays and the weekly responsibilities and I guarantee you would get better articles and much less criticism.

North Ave Pimp

August 31st, 2009
10:37 am

Maybe GTFan spends to much time on the blog. Get a life dude! The coverage is just fine. Nesbitt is destin to have a great year. Can’t wait for Saturday… THWG!!

SatchelBuzz

August 31st, 2009
10:56 am

I’m glad he’s gone too, Now let’s put him in the same category as B— L—-, simply don’t mention him at all. We’ve much more positive things to dwell on thanks to DRad and CPJ!

THWG!!!

Hairy Dawg

August 31st, 2009
11:49 am

Hey, This just in: Chan Gaily has been fired by the Chiefs clearing the way for his return to tech.

Brock

August 31st, 2009
12:08 pm

This just in- Mark Richt just took a job as Helen Hunt’s stunt double.

m

August 31st, 2009
12:26 pm

The reason I keep mentioning chan gomer gailey is because those that forget the past are DOOMED to repeat it. And the chan gomer gailey error must not be repeated.

And most of you that criticize me are the sorry lowdown gailey tolerators that propped him up for 6 long years. Every one of you that EVER tolerted or defended chan gomer gailey in ANY way…you suck even worse than he does.

You have a lot of nerve to come on here and criticize me and act happy about Paul Johnson when if you fools had had your way we would still have that sorry chan gomer gailey here.

Thank God and Greyhound that the sorriest coach in the history of mankind is gone forever…too bad he didn’t take his pathetic idiotic supporters with him.

Wreckbone Fan

August 31st, 2009
12:40 pm

I heard goff is ready to be a bulldog too… Idiot.

We need to call this offense the Wreck Bone. Hey some student make t shirts they will sell.

m is who he is, just like a scorned chick who can’t get over the past.

Nesbitt will be fine, any other qbs out there that can power clean 350 lbs? None come to mind except Tebow.

GaTech is gonna have a fun September in my opinion.

Lay off Doug. I agree our fan blogger is not posting like the jy dog, but he probably has a bit less time, probably more demanding work schedule a bit younger.

The telegraph is a good paper and his articles are good but Doug posts more info and quicker too.

What I want to see from Doug is plenty of coverage for Hoops. Tech will be ranked and hoops coverage is always poor at best. And that’s the sport our conference dominates and we will be in the thick of it. I just want the same level of coverage Doug has had on tech football this pre-season he has done well.

Go Jackets!!

Dawghater

August 31st, 2009
12:46 pm

My concern continues to be that Nesbitt has shown he’s a little injury prone. So we will need to really have a backup and wiht Shaw out someone has to step up!

Tech75

August 31st, 2009
12:57 pm

I’m like everyone else here, I’m quite concerned that Nes remains healthy. Last year he had a hamstring problem 1/3 of the way thru the season, if I recall correctly; I hope he’s strengthened those hammys.

Also, I think there is some merit to teaching the QBs what to do AFTER they get rid of the ball (like get out of the hitting zone). I imagine there are a lot of DCs that will tell their guys “I don’t care if he has the ball or not, I want him knocked down on every play”. A lot of the time injuries happen when a player is not paying attention and gets rolled up, etc. I’d be worrying about that with all the defenders following the flow of the play; I can just see some DT falling into Nes’s legs “unintentionally” after we’ve rolled up about 300 yds rushing.

Joe Schmoe

August 31st, 2009
1:08 pm

Hairy Dawg, you can only wish such luck would happen!

Louisiana Jacket

August 31st, 2009
1:30 pm

I really think Jordan will really step up along with Tevin to secure that backup spot (and just for reference Jaybo was only there as a placeholder until PJ could get a better quarterback for his system)..

Things I am hoping to see though at the first game
1. D-Line really shows that it can hold its own and allow our LB’s and Secondary to make plays, they don’t have to be great but they have to hold their own against teams we play.
2. Who will step up and become are #2 reciever to give Nes another option when passing.
3. Will our offensive line jell enough in this game in order to withstand the rough next 2 games against an athletic Clemson and Miami teams?
If anyone has any insight Id be glad to hear it!
THWG and Roddy is still running

GA Tech Insider

August 31st, 2009
1:32 pm

m, if you want to talk about issues with GA Tech Coaches, where were you during the Bill Lewis days?

At least GA Tech was able to recruit great players under Chan Gailey, they made Bowl games consistently, and they upset Top Twenty Five Teams every year. Please, pray tell me, m, why is the Chan Gailey era so much worse than the Bill Lewis era?

Now if you even attempt to say that GA Tech’s Team’s fared better under Bill Lewis than under Chan Gailey, then you are more delusional than everyone even imagines. You HAVE to admit that those were worse off than under the Gailey years.

Bill Lewis was an even worse head coach for GA Tech than Chan Gailey; THEREFORE, m; it’s time to put the dumb comments to bed because I’ve just proved you wrong beyond a reasonable doubt.

Clemson Grad

August 31st, 2009
1:34 pm

Where the heck is Jacksonville, AL anyway? I hope they don’t dominate like Garner Webb did! You actually have a real game a 5 days later!

Louisiana Jacket

August 31st, 2009
1:49 pm

Clemson grad…yeah that Middle Tennessee team seems to be a pretty huge threat as well. I mean I am sorry that you don’t know how to use a map or the internet to find out where Jacksonville is but frankly you can only use that comment when your team plays a good team in the same week.

Hayseed Dixie

August 31st, 2009
1:57 pm

A Clemson fan talking smack. How cute. Thanks for that, sweetheart.

Key Nesbitt quote from Sr. Roberson’s fine blog: “I’m thinking about it less, and executing more.”

White n Gold

August 31st, 2009
2:06 pm

I usually don’t post on these blogs, but considering it is almost the start of the season I felt compelled to say something in support of our team. As most of you probably know, we are not known to be the best fan base as far as attendance goes. Lets change that THIS YEAR! PLEASE SHOW UP TO THE GAMES AND BRING FRIENDS (even if it is Jacksonville state). Remember last year how all of UF’s fans stayed for all 4 quarters of the beat down against Citadel? GUYS WE ARE BETTER THAN THIS! I KNOW WE ARE PROUD OF OUR NEW TEAM AND COACH!!! LETS MAKE THEM PROUD OF US BY SHOWING UP AND SUPPORTING THEM AT GAMES!!! GO JACKETS!!!!!

m

August 31st, 2009
2:06 pm

Ga Tech Insider…for you to even try to defend chan gomer gailey shows that you are a fool beyond belief.

GT94

August 31st, 2009
2:11 pm

M is most likely a UGA sidewalk fan just trying to agitate GT alums. Why even respond to him?

Jaded Jacket

August 31st, 2009
2:16 pm

If he remains healthy, I believe Nesbitt runs for around 1,100 yards easy. As far as his passing efficiency goes, well that remains to be seen. He certainly can’t get much worse. Nonetheless, his decision making will be much better, which will equate to more yardage for everyone else.

Clemson Grad

August 31st, 2009
2:40 pm

At least we know what state Middle Tennessee is in. I thought Jacksonville State was in Fl until someone gave me the great idea of looking it up on the internet. You guys are computer wizzes! But if I was from GA I wouldn’t have chosen to go to the crime ridden, rat hole, with no women, a consistantly mediocre football, with bunch of geeks on campus… ga tech.

Bob

August 31st, 2009
2:48 pm

Chan Gailey fired by Kansas City! The article says he was fired by Georgia Tech. I am not a Tech fan, but thought I recalled Gailey taking the job as head coach of Notre Dame… lying about his resume… and then not being invited back to Tech after that. He quit at Tech and wasn’t allowed to return after his embarrassment at Notre Dame. Is that not what happened?