Nesbitt’s passing

First, some of you may have known that the Davey O’Brien Trophy folks are allowing people to vote as a component of their award. So, here’s the link: http://www.voteobrien.org/

And that brings us to today’s topic: Josh Nesbitt.

As yall know and I’ve proved many times in my rudimentary analysis of Tech, I enjoy football, but I’m not a coach. 

Having said that, I thought Nesbitt looked very sharp in Saturday’s win.

He said afterward that he was very happy with his accuracy. The only pass that I can remember that looked similar to last year was the pass down the seam to Anthony Allen in the first half. Based upon the times I saw that route, or one similar to it in the spring, it’s a pass that Nesbitt and Shaw sometimes have trouble completing. I have no idea if that’s one of the more difficult ones to hit, perhaps any former QBs who read the blog can chime in.

He showed good touch on the TD pass to Allen later in the game. He underthrew Demaryius Thomas on the 56-yarder, but that’s not uncommon on a pass across the field.

But I thought he looked good in the pocket. He stepped through his passes and looked in control. 

Now, it’ll be interesting to see the progress against Clemson, which likely will get more pressure on him than did the Gamecocks. Tech’s line didn’t allow a sack last week. If it keeps Nesbitt clean on Thursday, good things could happen for y’all.

And, it may need to. The Tigers had some success slowing down Tech’s running game last year, limiting the Jackets to 207 yards on the ground (I know that sounds odd, limiting…207 yards, but you know what I’m saying). The Jackets used two fumbles and four interceptions to win.

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Louisiana Jacket

September 9th, 2009
8:57 am

What do you mean good things could happen for y’all Dough?? Aren’t you OUR beat writer? Shouldn’t that make you somewhat a fan of GT or at least root for GT or is that to much to ask for the AJC?

Louisiana Jacket

September 9th, 2009
8:58 am

Joe Schmoe

September 9th, 2009
9:01 am

Nesbitt’s passes were pretty good, only if we can get the recievers to make the completion when they get their hands on the ball. I know it was JSU, but it did seem like Nesbitt had all day in the pocket.

Joe Schmoe

September 9th, 2009
9:04 am

If everyone remembers right, the clemson game from last year was at clemson after the Gardner Webb debacle. The offense did not start to even click till the week after at home versus FSU when Nesbitt was a little bit more healthy.

Tech82

September 9th, 2009
9:15 am

Nesbitt’s quarterback rating was north of 190 Saturday. Not bad for a 3-star qb running a high school offense. By contrast, the highly recruited Joe Cox had a qb rating of less than 100 running his big time college offense.

On another note, I am very encouraged reading the quotes of Clemson’s defensive players saying that they think the option offense is easy to stop. As I recall, Miami thought the same thing last year.

Buzzed

September 9th, 2009
9:20 am

Doug – Do you mean “He stepped “through” his passes. . . “?

Tech alum

September 9th, 2009
9:21 am

Thanks for writing this article. Your cohort Mark Bradley had pinned several of the missed passes squarely on Nesbitt. I was at the game and can tell you that several of the misses were a result of the receivers stopping on the route.(Emery Peebles would have had a TD early in the game if he hadn’t quit on the route) And then there was a big drop by 18. I like the way Nesbitt is throwing it right now and he’s only gonna get better.

GT_Student

September 9th, 2009
9:24 am

I’m absolutely excited about what I saw from Nesbitt Saturday. If its any indication on what the season holds for Nesbitt, we will be doing very well.
On a different note, when is the injury report released for GT. I have a class with about 6 football players including Morgan Burnett and he came in last night with a cast on his wrist. My teacher asked and he said he broke his thumb. Have you heard about this? Can he even play with a broken thumb?

Thanks for your hard work Doug.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 9th, 2009
9:24 am

he is the robot!!!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

September 9th, 2009
9:26 am

Yep, I agree that Nesbitt looked much better passing the ball. Our receivers are going to have to hold on to the ball. My only concern with Nesbitt is the propensity to fumble. Hopefully, that will not continue to rear its ugly head.

Go Jackets!!

GA Tech Insider

September 9th, 2009
9:39 am

After one week into the Season, with Josh Nesbitt leading the way, Georgia Tech is ninth in the Country Passing Efficiency, to go along with its 335 rushing yards. I’d say he looked pretty good so far.

But that was only against Jacksonville State; not against a Team with the same caliber of athletes as Clemson. We should wait to see how things shake out after Thursday evening before we start to do any hand springs.

On the positive side of the coin, since Paul Johnson was using his Second Team most of the second half, and was only using a small portion of his playbook, we should get a better feel about how far the passing game has come.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 9th, 2009
9:42 am

Good luck vs Clemson Thur night. The comment from the Clemson player stating the option is easy to stop is correct, it IS easy to stop if every player does EXACTLY what he’s supposed to on the play. The problems begin when ONE def player breaks down or is out of position, and that can happen on every play. That’s what CPJ banks on, the defense won’t be perfect. Most often, he is right.

Tech alum

September 9th, 2009
9:57 am

I can’t wait to see how “easy” it is for Clemson to stop our “high school offense” and Heisman candidate Jonathan Dwyer. My money is on Paul Johnson.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 9th, 2009
10:01 am

Are we ranked 13 in the coaches poll or does the AJC want everyone to think we are a bit closer to the losers in Athens being ranked at number 15?

GTBuzzman

September 9th, 2009
10:02 am

Most of the drops on Saturday were made by A-Backs. I personally would like to see more balls thrown to our receivers. Or, sneak Stephen Hill into the A-Back slot every once in awhile. We know everyone’s focus is going to be on Thomas.

Doug Roberson

September 9th, 2009
10:08 am

I fixed threw and through, thanks for pointing that out. Sometimes my fingers works faster than my brain, or vice versa.
Burnett’s thumb was fine on Monday, but I’ll see if something happened on Tuesday.

Don

September 9th, 2009
10:08 am

Nesbitt has to take those fumbles out of the equation and think ball security. You are right, he does have problem overthrowing the seam pass. He had a lot of time Saturday too so it wasn’t like he had guys in his face. Lets face it he’s the big key this year. For more info on Tech football visit: http://www.bbuzzoff.com

ChinaBuzz

September 9th, 2009
10:11 am

I agree with Louisiana Jacket, Doug: Please avoid calling Tech “y’all” in your blog. It just reminds us of where you went to school, and telegraphs that you could really care less about Tech. We’re happy with you writing our blog until you show us your red and black T-shirt like that.

As far as Nesbitt and his pass efficiency rating: It IS encouraging, because there were far more than nine 1A teams playing against overmanned teams on the opening Saturday; so even though we were playing a relative underdog, so was most everyone else. And, Nesbitt looked good compared to most everyone else. He’s gonna be a good leader this year.

Louisiana Jacket

September 9th, 2009
10:30 am

So here we go Jackets, time to bring out the real team that I saw on the first play of the game…time see Dwyer run over a few guys, Roddy to spring down the sidelines, and Nesbitt making that amazing throw to Bebe!! Let’s show the nation tomorrow that we have a chip on our shoulder and prove why we should be considered a top 10 team!!!
GO JACKETS

Saint Simons

September 9th, 2009
10:31 am

Doug your FIRED!!!!!!! get along little doggie

collegeballfan

September 9th, 2009
10:34 am

I thought Nesbitt looked good Saturday. But he had time.

Fumbles are not always the fault of the apparent player. Both the QB & the B back must make the same read. If not, a fumble may occur.
Kinda like to old 1950’s belly series where the QB & the FB make a read.

NORRIS

September 9th, 2009
10:46 am

Tech will lose saturday. hahahahaha
Pray it dont rain cause the option will become the death of you. hhahahaa
tech stinks!!! nerds nerds nerds.

A Realist

September 9th, 2009
10:56 am

NORRIS…you are so STUPID that you did not even know that Tech IS NOT playing on SATURDAY….you dweeb!!!!

Doug Roberson

September 9th, 2009
10:57 am

Guys, no offense, but I’ve worked in four different states and heard a lot of people say y’all. It’s not just an Athens thing. And when I say y’all, I’m referring to you, the fan. It’s not a big deal.

Not Disappointed!

September 9th, 2009
11:10 am

Look forward to seeing the Jackets tomorrow. Nesbit arm is much better than last year. It should be a good game tomorrow.

Go Jackets!

Not Disappointed!

September 9th, 2009
11:11 am

Doug, Chill bro. It’s not that big a thang!

Ramblin Wreck!

Tech alum

September 9th, 2009
11:12 am

Tech82, not that it matters, but Nesbitt wasn’t a 3 star recruit. He was at least 4 stars and the #1 QB in the state. He came from a passing offense in high school. I thought he looked really sharp on Saturday which matches what I’ve been hearing about him all summer.

Tech alum

September 9th, 2009
11:14 am

Also, everyone, it’s BayBay not Bebe. He even had B.Thomas on the back of his jersey so I guess it’s more than a nickname now. Might as well start spelling it right.

Doug Roberson

September 9th, 2009
11:20 am

burnett did injure his thumb, but johnson said he will play and it shouldn’t affect his play. It will be taped up

macrotech

September 9th, 2009
11:22 am

NORRIS, let me guess…. mutt fan?

Doug Roberson, just keep bringin’ us news…all this other stuff is silly! Your last post would’ve been funnier if it had started with “ya’ll”.

Doug Roberson

September 9th, 2009
11:24 am

Thomas said he didn’t know anything about the B. on the back of his jersey. He did have ocho etched, or is it edged, into the side of his hair, which was interesting.
He was asked if he planned on trying to kick a field goal. He said he did it once in high school.

DC GT

September 9th, 2009
11:27 am

NORRIS – we play on THURSDAY for the next two weeks, please don’t be ignorant if you are going to post something about our team. Oh wait I’m guessing you are a dog fan, so saying something idiotic isn’t hard to do.

Stinger

September 9th, 2009
11:30 am

I predict Nesbitt has the best game of his young career against Clemson. Josh has a very strong arm was was pretty accurate against Jax State. I thought he could have taken a little off his passes when a couple were barely missed, but the receivers really should have caught those two passes. His pass to Allen in the end zone was perfect. The best is yet to come and Thursday night is a perfect time for it to occur. Go Jackets !!

reebok

September 9th, 2009
11:36 am

I’m worried about ball security and dropped passes. I am encouraged that Clemson’s D thinks the option is easy to stop. All you need is one mental or physical lapse from one player, and Dwyer, Nesbitt, Roddy or Thomas is in the house. GO JACKETS!

Savannah Jacket

September 9th, 2009
11:39 am

Doug – Did you get any specifics on Morgan’s injury. I understand that he will play but is it sprained, broken… etc. Thanks for all of the updates!

Also could you post another article about the WHITE OUT TOMORROW NIGHT. I know its printed on the tickets but last year over half of the stadium was in gold and navy.

Joe

September 9th, 2009
11:59 am

No Clemson player said GT’s offense was a “high school” offense. What was said, by DeAndre McDaniel was in regards to stopping it… “It’s pretty simple…if everybody does their job, the offense is not going nowhere.”

And that is a fact. I’m certain tech and Coach Johnson count of people making mistakes against their offense… which leads to big time plays. To which other Clemson players responded…”“One of the biggest things is assignments… you’ve got to play your position. You can’t be a hero. When you try and be a hero, (Dwyer and Nesbitt) are taking it the distance.”

So there is respect, but no fear.

Looks like to be a great early season matchup.

Jeff Rigsby

September 9th, 2009
12:07 pm

I will not be playing this Thursday night!

Joe

September 9th, 2009
12:10 pm

JoeV

September 9th, 2009
12:29 pm

This game could go either way and anyone that thinks differently is fooling themselves. Way too many questions that will have to be answered on the field. For either team to think they are walking away with an easy win is crazy.

Good luck and Go Tigers!

GT_Student

September 9th, 2009
12:31 pm

Doug,
Thanks for clearing that up.. I was worried for a bit. Keep up the great work!

StingerSplash

September 9th, 2009
12:31 pm

Louisiana Jacket,

It is not Mr. Roberson’s job to be a fan or be positive (or negative) about the Jackets. He is supposed to be an impartial, unattached observer. His role is to deliver to the fans – and non fans – what has happened and why.
If he is or becomes a fan of Tech, it shouldn’t come out in his writing or his views. If it does, he’ll find himself with another assignment. And fast. And that goes for any entity you can put in the place of the word Tech – Braves, Bulldogs, Hawks, Lassiter Trojans, whatever. He’s not supposed to be a fan.
Now, having known many of the coaches on the Tech staff for a long time and having seen that offense for most of my adult life, I can tell you this – it’s easy to become a fan of theirs.

1Jacket7

September 9th, 2009
12:34 pm

Savanna Jacket, all the information you need is located at http://www.ramblinwreck.com This site is the GT Athletic site and gives practice updates, a daily blog of articles and pictures. The information on the White out is all there. To all of my GT fans alot of questions that you all ask are being address on this website as well as the Coaches Show which airs on the radio at 7:00 to 8:00 on Wednesday nights except for this week and next week when the games are on Thursday, so the show airs on Tuesday. If you miss the show or you are not able to get the show on the radio go to the multimedia section on the ramblinwreck.com website and click on RSS Podcast and it will have recorded coaches shows, press conferences and radio sound bites as well and the Good Word from D-RAD the AD. Doug Roberson is doing a deceit job but there is a wealth of information out there to keep up.

gt_blume

September 9th, 2009
12:37 pm

How come no one seems to take into account the execution of the offensive players when discussing the success of the option? You make it sound like any big play is the result of a defensive mistake.

J-state had its folks in the right place on Dwyer’s first TD run, but the offence paved the way for him with 4 pancake blocks downfield.

Last season, UGA didn’t change its defensive schemes from the first half to the second half. Our offense executed better in the second half and blew them out.

Every game ultimately comes down to which team executes its game plan better and there’s no magic offense or defense that trumps that. If our guys don’t have their heads in the game, then we lose.

JM

September 9th, 2009
12:39 pm

refering to the turnovers in last season’s game. GT scored 7 off Clemson’s turnovers while CU scored 10 off Ga Tech’s turnovers. GT didn’t win last season because Clemson had 6 turnovers. They won because they completed a touchdown pass late in the game and held on with good defense.

1Jacket7

September 9th, 2009
12:44 pm

On a football note. Every team has a offense that they run, be it the pro style, spread, Option, I-Formation, Wing T, Run and Shoot. If a defense plays discipline football they will be successful against that offense. If that offense executes better than the defense defends than the offense will be more successful. There is no tricks or schemes that fool a defense. The team running the offense of their choice successfully with precision and aggression will always out perform a defense that doesn’t respond in kind. The phrase defenses catching up is radio media speak to do just that, drum up talk. Florida is not running a different offense today that Urban Myer didn’t run when he was at Utah. Same offense just executed better with athletes that can make the right decisions when called upon. This is Spurriers problem in USC. The QB’s have not been good enough to make the right decision that his Florida QB’s made in the past. As soon as Nesbitt really gets his reads down and he can react as the natural athletic he is and the O-Line learns how to play with more aggression from snap to whistle, this offense will be hard to stop.

Louisiana Jacket

September 9th, 2009
12:49 pm

StingerSplash….I want you to go to Junkyard Dawgs blog or David O’Brians blog and you tell me if they are a fan of the teams they post for. You tell me if there isn’t a unity between the blogger and creator. Yes I do believe that a person REPORTING for the team should probably be a fan and not act as if he is for some reason distant from us. That is my opinion but let me tell you I am on the ESPN blogs and the Atlanta Braves blog on here and both Heather Dinch and David O’Brian are FANS of the ACC teams and the Atlanta Braves.

Now: I believe the game will stand (yes on how well we execute the plays) but mainly on how well our d-line does in clogging up the middle A and B gaps and make Clemson have to try to beat us through the air or on the edges which is our defensive strength

Born2Buzz

September 9th, 2009
12:51 pm

Umm, JM, we won last years game beca….oh wait a minute, I was thinking about the game 2 years ago. The biggest problem we will have with Climpsen is that Bowden is no longer their coach. But I’m still confident. I like the coaching matchup.

Let’s all be there cheering wildly and making it hard for their freshman QB.

And Doug, don’t worry about saying y’all. We know you aren’t a Tech grad but you are doing a fine job.

Alabama Jack

September 9th, 2009
12:59 pm

What was said, by DeAndre McDaniel was in regards to stopping it… “It’s pretty simple…if everybody does their job, the offense is not going nowhere.”

Duh, when everybody does their job any offense can be stopped.

Passing?

September 9th, 2009
1:04 pm

Nesbitt can’t even pass gas without a Fiber One bar first. He won’t complete 50% this year.

Burdell

September 9th, 2009
1:08 pm

LA Jacket–

The blogs you mentioned are FAN BLOGS. This is a BEAT BLOG covered by a journalist with AJC…press credentials, etc. You could write a FAN BLOG if you wanted to.