Records are made to be broken

This comes courtesy of Matt Dempsey from the AJC:
Jonathan Dwyer and Josh Nesbitt are etching their names in the Ga. Tech record book this year but they’re not the only one. With five games left to go, records are falling, ensuring that Paul Johnson’s second squad as head coach of the Ramblin’ Wreck will be well remembered.

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Rushing Records

Most rushes in a season

Name Rushes Year

1. Tashard Choice 297 2006

2. P.J. Daniels 283 2003

3. Joe Burns 282 2001

4. Robert Lavette 280 1982

5. Eddie Lee Ivery 267 1978

6. Tashard Choice 261 2007

7. Robert Lavette 260 1984

8. Jerry Mays 249 1989

9. C.J. Williams 245 1995

10. Lenny Snow 202 1966

NR Josh Nesbitt 151 2009

With five games left to go, Nesbitt is likely to end up in the top ten for most rushes in a season. He’d have to average slightly more than 20 carries the rest of the way.

Dwyer is pretty far out of the running on this with 99 carries so far this year.

Most rushes, Career

Name Rushes Career

1. Robert Lavette 914 1981-84

2. P.J. Daniels 707 2002-05

3. Jerry Mays 695 1985-89

4. Tashard Choice 675 2005-07

5. Joe Burns 614 1998-01

6. Eddie Lee Ivery 609 1975-78

7. C.J. Williams 539 1994-95

8. Joe Hamilton 501 1996-99

9. Reggie Ball 495 2003-06

10. Lenny Snow 445 1965-67

13. Jonathan Dwyer 381 2007-

NR Josh Nesbitt 376 2007-

It looks pretty good that Nesbitt will be in the top 10 on the career rushes list. Again Nesbitt needs about 20 carries a game to end up on the top ten. Dwyer will be closer. He needs 65 rushes in the next five games to unseat Lenny Snow from the top ten. Granted Nesbitt might keep him out all together.

Rushing Yards, Season

Name Yards Year

1. Eddie Lee Ivery 1562 1978

2. Tashard Choice 1473 2006

3. P.J. Daniels 1447 2003

4. Jonathan Dwyer 1395 2008

5. Tashard Choice 1379 2007

6. Jerry Mays 1349 1989

7. Robert Lavette 1208 1982

8. Robert Lavette 1189 1984

9. Joe Burns 1165 2001

10. C.J. Williams 1138 2009

NR Josh Nesbitt 625 2009

NR Jonathan Dwyer 593 2009

Dwyer is far from his epic season of last year. But his 2009 campaign is still in the running for ending up in the record books for most yards in a season. He’ll need about 109 yards a game for the rest of the season to unseat C.J. Williams and join Tashard Choice and Robert Lavette as the only players with two season in the top ten list.

Nesbitt’s impressive year on the ground needs 103 yards per game to finish the season in the top ten. With 108 yards a game, he’ll unseat Joe Burns from the #9 slot. Pretty amazing to have two of the best running performances in a season going on at the same time.

Rushing Yards, Career

Name Yards Career

1. Robert Lavette 4066 1981-84

2. Jerry Mays 3699 1985-89

3. Eddie Lee Ivery 3517 1975-78

4. Tashard Choice 3365 20005-07

5. P.J. Daniels 3346 2002-05

6. Joe Burns 2634 1998-01

7. Jonathan Dwyer 2424 2007-

8. C.J. Williams 2365 1994-96

9. David Sims 2274 1974-76

10. Wililam Bell 2026 1989-93

16. Josh Nesbitt 1657 2007-

Dwyer’s already made his make on the career rushing yards list. He’ll likely top Joe Burns. Cracking the top 5 would take an insane last five games. It isn’t happening. Nesbitt just needs 370 yards to end up in the top ten. With 123 yards per game in the last five games he’ll be in the top nine.

Most rushing touchdowns, season

Name TD Year

1. Robert Lavette 19 1982

2. Robert Lavette 14 1984

2. Joe Burns 14 2001

4. Sean Gregory 13 1999

5. Jonathan Dwyer 12 2008

5. Tashard Choice 12 2006

5. Joe Burns 12 2000

5. C.J. Williams 12 1995

5. Lenny Snow 12 1966

10. Tony Hollings 11 2002

NR Josh Nesbitt 9 2009

Nesbitt needs two more touchdowns to join Dwyer in the top ten for most rushing touchdowns in a season. Three more trips to the end zone will equal Dwyer’s touchdown total from last year. Five touchdowns in five games will land him in the top two. It’s likely Robert Lavette will hold onto the top spot. Ten touchdowns in five games is asking a lot, even of Nesbitt.

Most Rushing Touchdowns, Career

Name TD Year

1. Robert Lavette 45 1981-84

2. Joe Burns 31 1998-01

3. Tashard Choice 28 2005-07

4. Jonathan Dwyer 24 2007-

5. P.J. Daniels 23 2002-05

6. Eddie Lee Ivery 22 1975-78

6. Leon Hardeman 22 1951-53

8. David Sims 21 1974-76

9. C.J. Williams 20 1994-96

10. Shawn Jones 19 1989-92

NR Josh Nesbitt 16 2007-

Dwyer needs four more touchdowns to join Tashard Choice, Joe Burns and Robert Lavette in the top three. The top two is in reach. Nesbitt is likely to get into the top ten as well, only needing three more to tie Shawn Jones at 10.

Receiving Records

Pass Receptions, Career

Name Number Career

1. Kelly Campbell 195 1998-01

2. Calvin Johnson 178 2004-06

3. Jonathan Smith 174 2000-03

4. Kerry Watkins 171 1999-02

5. Harvey Middleton 165 1994-97

6. Will Glover 122 1999-02

7. Bobby Rodriguez 115 1989-92

7. Jerry Mays 115 1985-89

9. Robert Lavette 114 1981-84

10. John Sias 110 1966-68

11. Jimmy Robinson 101 1972-74

11. Demaryius Thomas 101 2007-

Demaryius Thomas needs nine more receptions to be in the top ten for receptions in a career. It’s certainly in range with five more to go.

Yards gained, Season

Name Yards Season

1. Calvin Johnson 1202 2006

2. Jonathan Smith 1138 2003

3. Kelly Campbell 1105 1999

4. Kerry Watkins 1050 2002

5. Dez White 973 1998

6. Kelly Campbell 963 2000

7. John Sias 902 1968

8. Calvin Johnson 888 2005

9. Dez White 860 1999

10. Harvey Middleton 839 1997

NR Demaryius Thomas 671 2009

If Thomas averages 34 yards a game the rest of the way, he’ll also end up in the top ten for most receiving yards in a season.

Yards gained, career

Name Yards Career

1. Calvin Johnson 2927 2004-06

2. Kelly Campbell 2907 1998-01

3. Kerry Watkins 2680 1999-02

4. Harvey Middleton 2291 1994-96

5. Jonathan Smith 2238 2000-03

6. Demaryius Thomas 1856 2007-

With five games to go, Thomas will need 77 yards a game the rest of the way to move up the Career Receiving Yards record and into the top five.

Touchdown Receptions, season

Name TD Year

1. Calvin Johnson 15 2006

2. Kelly Campbell 10 1999

2. Kelly Campbell 10 2000

4. Dez White 9 1998

4. Jimmy Robinson 9 1972

6. Buck Martin 8 1951

7. Harvey Middleton 7 1997

7. Craig Baynham 7 1965

7. Calvin Johnson 7 2004

NR Demaryius Thomas 4 2009

Three more receptions in the end zone in the next five game will give Thomas a top ten season for touchdowns catches in a season.

Touchdown Receptions, Career

Name TD Career

1. Calvin Johnson 28 2004-06

2. Kelly Campbell 24 1998-01

3. Kerry Watkins 22 1999-02

4. Dez White 14 1997-99

4. Buck Martin 14 1950-52

4. Gary Lee 14 1983-86

7. Harvey Middleton 13 1994-97

7. Jimmy Robinson 13 1972-74

7. Greg Lester 13 1987-91

10. Jonathan Smith 12 2000-03

11. Jerry Mays 10 1985-89

11. John Sias 10 1966-68

11. Demaryius Thomas 10 2007-

Two more touchdowns for Thomas will land him in the top ten for touchdown receptions in a career. He’ll need four to be in the top 5.

Defense Records

Interceptions, Season

Name Interceptions Year

1. Jeff Ford 9 1969

1. Willie Clay 9 1991

3. Randy Rhino 8 1972

4. Morgan Burnett 7 2008

4. Bobby Moorhead 7 1952

6. Ken Swilling 6 1989

6. Randy Rhino 6 1973

6. Rick Lewis 6 1970

6. Bill Eastman 6 1965

6. Charlie Brannon 6 1952

6. George Morris 6 1951

6. Bob McCoy 6 1950

NR Morgan Burnett 4 2009

College Park’s own Morgan Burnett could have two the best season for interceptions in Tech history, if he can snag two more INTs this year.

Interceptions, Career

Name Interceptions Career

1. Willie Clay 16 1988-91

2. Morgan Burnett 14 2007-

2. Jeff Ford 14 1969-71

2. Randy Rhino 14 1972-74

4. Bobby Moorhead 13 1950-52

4. Wade Mitchell 13 1953-56

4. Ken Swilling 13 1988-91

Burnett is already one of the most prolific in the school’s history for interceptions in a career. Two more picks make him tied with Willie Clay for most in a career,

62 comments Add your comment


October 23rd, 2009
12:11 pm

All of these individual records are nice but the overall team success is more important. Aside from the interceptions category, the offensive statistics are going to be harder to break given that the triple option offense is not dependent on any particular player garnering a set amount of running yards or pass receptions. The goal is for the team to rush for around 300 yards, and the pass yards somewhere between 120 to 150. If Dwyer, Nesbitt, and Thomas have a larger % of those final numbers, great. But at the end of the day it is all about winning the game.

Go to to read more articles about Georgia Tech Football and the preview of the upcoming UVA game and the Scott Stadium record that will be broken this Saturday. Go Jackets!

Statue for CPJ

October 23rd, 2009
12:13 pm

Will Dwyer still be going pro this year since he is not putting up numbers like last year? Would be nice to have him another year.

Kenny D

October 23rd, 2009
12:15 pm

Run it Run it Run it in HooVille
Go Jackets

old gold engineer

October 23rd, 2009
12:41 pm

I hope all of these juniors return for their senior season and stay healthy!

GA Tech Insider

October 23rd, 2009
12:51 pm

Records are for statisticians, historians, and people with nothing better to do with their time. I can assure you, Paul Johnson and his team could care less about these individual categories and are focusing solely on the Virginia Cavs for their game come Saturday at noon.

On the other hand, if you asked Paul about the weather forecast, my guess is he’d have a pretty good idea what’s coming up so the boys will be wearing the right cleats, etc. That’s about as far in advance as he’ll be looking ahead, and that’s about as far ahead as any of his players will be, too.


October 23rd, 2009
1:09 pm

GA Tech Insider – I sure hope you are correct. Anything less than that & we get a lost.


October 23rd, 2009
1:11 pm

1 TD pass for Bay Bay and Nesbitt. 1 TD run for Nesbitt. 2 TDs for Dwyee and 1 TD for Allen. Jackets roll easy.


October 23rd, 2009
1:18 pm

To prove that stats are pointless, it is worth noting that no one from the 1990 national championship team is in the top 10 of any of these categories. As a fan, I would rather have a great team as opposed to great players. I love Calvin Johnson, but his teams are forgettable. Would the players rather have great stats, or a BCS championship ring?


October 23rd, 2009
1:22 pm

I would like to think that it would be that easy to just roll in and get a win…I think they are capable of it but we need another statement game…we need one everytime we play from here on out…win and win big…Let everyone know that we are here and we don’t plan on going anywhere. Tech wins by two touchdowns. I just hope they put them away early and keep their foot on the gas.

Go Jackets!!!


October 23rd, 2009
1:35 pm

Very true GTinNashville… Although it seems that we are in a position to have both. The problem with the teams with Calvin Johnson, Tashard Choice, etc. weren’t talent. They were very good teams – it was a coaching issue. Now we have the big names along with an amazing coach. So I say “why can’t we have awesome individual stats and a great team.

I really hope that most of these Juniors stay and play their final season. My main concerns are about Dwyer and Burnett leaving, although there are a couple others in a position where they could very well could go in the draft right now. But, I do think that each of these players realizes that if they were to wait a year, their stock would go up, potentially allowing them to make more money. I guess only time will tell.

GA Tech Insider

October 23rd, 2009
1:35 pm

collegeballfan, Paul Johnson has been “reminding” the team that they were in exactly the same position this time last season (6-1) when they played Virginia and they had their helmets handed to them on a platter on Grant Field during Homecoming. He’s also told them that if they lose, last Saturday night’s win against Virginia Tech will mean diddly squat because they’ll be right back to square one.

Paul found plenty to “coach” the boys up this week; I can assure you. He spent a lot of time on the arcs on the pitching game, they worked on some defensive issues, and I can assure you, kickoff coverage was, well, let’s just say it was also “discussed”.

No Paul Johnson wasn’t satisfied with Saturday’s game against Virginia Tech; happy that the team won, but he knows that Saturday’s game against the Cav’s will be a fight if they don’t bring their A-Game, and that’s what he’s told them. Hopefully, after last season’s debacle against LSU, they’ve listened. I know they worked hard this week.


October 23rd, 2009
2:06 pm

Records are nice, but championships are the best. The only record that really matters Saturday is the fact that we will win there for the first time since 1990.

That 1990 win is captured on the t-shirt “Toe Meets Leather”, now available at Forget those regular, drab, school-name-colors-and-logo t-shirts! ‘Get your GT’ today in the most unique way!

Not Disappointed

October 23rd, 2009
2:17 pm

Georgia Tech Rolls!


October 23rd, 2009
2:40 pm

Miami took care of you guys and Virginia will to. Look for your dream to come crashing down this weekend. We should have beaten you all even worse.

Andrew Sherwin (The Dude)

October 23rd, 2009
2:42 pm

Thank you for the intelligent insight, MiamFan. Shouldn’t you be out stabbing someone?


October 23rd, 2009
2:42 pm

You and the whole world knows that Virginia has your number. Jackets will lose this weekend and their confidence will totally collapse for the year. Virginia will beat you worse than Miami. TO HELL WITH TECH!


October 23rd, 2009
2:43 pm

Andrew, ever heard of pot/kettle? Shouldn’t you be in some class teaching you terrorism?

Andrew Sherwin (The Dude)

October 23rd, 2009
2:49 pm

I guess it’s a good thing I’m finished with school. I’d hate to be learning anything.

Thick about it

October 23rd, 2009
3:23 pm

I actually think any records set by Thomas would be good for recruiting…seeing how he is proof that future recruits at the receiver position can be successful in Paul’s scheme. i may be alone in thinking this tho.


October 23rd, 2009
3:25 pm

Of all the records that CPJ and the jackets have broken this year i think the best is yet to come, this weekend… Im talkin bout the greatest record in all of college football… John Heisman and his 222-0 win over Cumberland. Look for a 223-0 win tomorrow for the jackets. You heard it here first. Thank you and good day.


October 23rd, 2009
3:32 pm

Pi$$onaJacket ………………… prove what a half wit you are on here every week. You must be taking a break from cleaning up your parking lot from the last tail gate mess.


October 23rd, 2009
3:37 pm

Hey tech, loserville is right down the street, I know you know where to find it…..VA wins big this weekend…hahahahahahahaha


October 23rd, 2009
3:38 pm

hey fartona mutt, uga says “bite me”


October 23rd, 2009
3:45 pm

bugsquacher you nadlickers never were good at directions…….loserville is just east northeast of the BIG A.

Lane Kiffin

October 23rd, 2009
3:50 pm

Hey pup fans. I see your are talking trash to the defending state champs. Just think what their triple option will do to your defense in a few weeks. They lit you up for 45 (sounds familuar) last season when they barely opened up the playbook. And dont forget GT has a bye week before they play your puppies in Atlanta. Man just talking about it makes me wish I could play the REAL team in Georgia.

4-3 = powerhouse

October 23rd, 2009
3:55 pm

Thats right GT we are 4-3 and well on our way to a 5 possibly 6 win season. You better hope AJ green doesnt get hurt because if he is healthy we might score 14 points in Atlanta!


October 23rd, 2009
4:01 pm

Dawgs still still crying about the REFS. That ref went to TECH he must want UGA to lose. I sure as hell so, but UGA you give the REFS too many chance to make a call and that is the truth. JACKETS ROLL.


October 23rd, 2009
4:04 pm

GT remember what happen last year , don’t let it happen again.
Once you grab the lead keep the gas pedal on and spread the ball around . Josh after you’d gained your 150 yards, pass the ball to Bay Bay so he can get his 100+ yards and a couple of TDs, Let Dwyer have his 50 rushes and 150+ yards plus 2 TDs would be nice.Don’t forget Allen and Jones and Wright. Let them all romp for 100 yds each, Looking for a 700 yd total offense game Jackets!!!


October 23rd, 2009
4:05 pm



October 23rd, 2009
4:40 pm

good come back dawgkicker…. hahahahahahha


October 23rd, 2009
4:42 pm

GT loses big this weekend…..(thank god)… then maybe you bugs will just fly away….. funny how we only hear from you when you are winning your patsy schedule…..

GA Tech Insider

October 23rd, 2009
4:43 pm

The way the weather is projecting tomorrow, this may end up being a game Coach Bobby Dodd would be proud of.


October 23rd, 2009
4:46 pm

bugsquacher showing your dumb side again boy.
strength of schedule GEORGIA TECH ranked 12th the lowly mutts 20th.


October 23rd, 2009
4:48 pm

doesnt matter after VA kicks GT’s a$$ tomorrow…..boy!


October 23rd, 2009
4:58 pm

38-3 still makes me laugh!


October 23rd, 2009
5:00 pm

Here let me give you little boys a history lesson…. Since 1964, the Jackets have managed just 12 wins against Georgia. Let me say that again for all of you Jacket fans out there…12 wins in 45 games. To say that Georgia has dominated this series in the past 45 seasons would be a slight understatement. During that stretch of dominance, Georgia has posted win streaks of five, six and seven (twice). Tech has won three straight once (1998-2000).


October 23rd, 2009
5:01 pm

Hey LSUTiger, me too! hahahahahahahaha

Supersize that order, mutt

October 23rd, 2009
5:07 pm

GTinNashville, check that list again. Ken Swilling, Bobby Rodriguez, Willie Clay, Greg Lester are all in the top 10 in respective categories. There may be others; I didn’t want to spend too much time looking back through the lists.


October 23rd, 2009
5:14 pm

Glad you nad lickers have your listory lesson to talk about !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!hahahahahahahaha cause that is all you got……the past ……..boy!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 23rd, 2009
5:44 pm

FARTONA, the mutts still think it’s 1980 and Hershel Walker is still running for them.


October 23rd, 2009
6:45 pm

Hey farton you & supersize, history speaks for itself,,,,Im sorry (boo-hoo) but you cant change it…hahahahahahahahahah

Supersize that order, mutt

October 23rd, 2009
6:56 pm

you’re right, bugs, and you cant change the fact that UF has OWNED the puny puppies for the past 15+ years. BOO HOO HOO. And UT hasn’t done too badly against them either. History also speaks for itelf that the Jackets beat the clark county chiuahuas last year and will again this year.


October 23rd, 2009
7:16 pm

Once again, history doesnt lie. the DAWGS own the jackets! Isnt going back more than 40 years enough proof for you! Lets stay on course here, its all about the beat downs GA has put on Tech…. by the way history does repeat itself…. so get ready for 40+ more years of beat down….. dont try to bring some other team in to do your fighting for you….

Your boy "Yellow Fuzz"

October 23rd, 2009
8:24 pm

Yellow Fuzz

October 23rd, 2009
7:42 am

“We will run the ball for over 225 yards. thank you”

Maybe Saturday if you scrimage on your off day, but certainly not against FL, AU, KY or GT. Not even in those 4 games combined if you subtract the last two plays before half time While the other team is defending against a hail mary to AK Green. Now against Fresno State in the Humiliation Bowl (Boise), that’s another story.

You georgia fans never cease to amaze me. Learn your new role, like it and STFU when adressing the Tech Nation.
Yellow Fuzz

October 23rd, 2009
10:07 am
After making myself a double Koolaid and water and then rolling and smoking some Koolaid crystals and then watching some highlights of Georgia games from the 80’s (before I was born), I now agree with Gomdawg and German Shepherd Dawg. I too think Georgia’s “pro style” offense will rush for 225 yards against Florida and even again against Georgia Tech. Even though Georgia currently ranks 104th (out of 120 major-College teams) in rushing and is only averaging 98 yards per game, 82 if you subtract out draw plays and sweeps designed to run out the clock before the half and end of game (when the other team is dropping nine people into pass coverage) and 69 if you take away # 22’s long TD run earlier this year.

Hell, I believe Georgia will actually out rush Florida who averages 285 yards a game and Tech who averages 310 and it’s quite possible Georgia will go on this year to become the only 3 loss team to ever win a national championship.


Yellow Fuzz

October 23rd, 2009
10:33 am
Hey dog nation,

We heard our game against # 4 Virginia Tech drew a 3.17 rating and was shown on over 3,000,000 television sets worldwide. Not sure how many people got to see georgia play on Vandy’s homecoming in a stadium smaller than ours on a regional network called Peachtree TV?


Not sure if you can spot the 10 fans OMG mentioned in this picture
Yellow Fuzz

October 23rd, 2009
10:45 am
Hey dog nation,

At least our running backs know how to carry the ball in both hands so they can always stiff arm defenders and break tackles. When’s the last time you saw a Georgia back break a tackle? Other than Hershal and Lindale Scott? LOL. Don’t think opposing defensive coordinators don’t pick up on these and your other pop warner fundamentals when they study your film. LOL.

At least our 50,000 local fans get their money’s worth in our stadium!

Yellow Fuzz

October 23rd, 2009
11:02 am
Hey dog nation,


Tech = South Beach
georgia = South Boise

Tech = New Years Day or after
georgia = Chrstmas Day or before

Tech = Prime Time National TV
georgia = 12:21pm start on Peachtree TV # 2

Yellow Fuzz

October 23rd, 2009
11:25 am

Sorry to “detract form your actual discussion” about- (When Urban Meyer was ‘a huge Georgia Bulldog fan’”. lol. And I’m pretty sure I pay the same thing you do to post here.

And I’m 22 years old but I have to admit I do feel like a giddy little kid watching the ignorant and arragant dog nation eat crow and humble pie this year. It’s long over due and you deserve every ounce of it!


Link Report this comment Yellow Fuzz

October 23rd, 2009
11:28 am
arrogant & overdue

My apologies to the Journalism majors at your gymnastics school
Yellow Fuzz

October 23rd, 2009
1:50 pm

You’re probably right. Too many years of pent up anger and frustration due to the verbal abuse I took from relatives that were dog fans (for 22 years). I do feel your pain, but you will get through it little man. Feel free to NOT read anything I write here over the next 2-3 years you $hit TAKING loser.
Yellow Fuzz

October 23rd, 2009
2:13 pm
go cavs,

Nice to hear back from an educated georgia fan like yourself. “If you can’t beat em, tuck em,” right? tuck bama, oSU, lSU, tennessee too, right bubba? oooHaaaaallleeeYeasss! Put another Herman Munson 8-track in will ya?

Fix my email account, ya $40k/year geek!

October 23rd, 2009
8:38 pm

Yellow Fuzz has some big time inferiority issues he is dealing with by taking his anger out on a UGA blog…..too funny. What a puzzy….probably some 5′6″ oriental dude. L O S E R!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 23rd, 2009
9:18 pm

Since when is this a UGAG blog? Or did I miss something here?


October 23rd, 2009
9:21 pm

Did UGA get votes this week? Enjoy them while you can before you lose to BYE.

Not Disappointed

October 23rd, 2009
9:32 pm

Lets go Jackets! Jackets lets go!!!!!!!!!!

Ramblin Wreck!

Jack G.

October 23rd, 2009
9:38 pm

Tech should win Saturday at Virginia—time will tell.

The game that scares me most is Duke. What does Duke do best—they PASS. What does Tech do the worse—Defend the PASS>

Could be a world of hurt when we play Duke unless Pass defense really improves.

Fix my email account, ya $40k/year geek!

October 23rd, 2009
10:38 pm

See this = 1 2 3 4 Next »?

Number of pages to a UGA blog today on the

Now see this = 1? Pages to a Tech blog today

Understand? Now go to bed my little IT employees so you can enjoy your Cinderella Dream.