Weekly records watch

From esteemed colleague Matt Dempsey:

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A big win over Virginia keeps Tech in the race for the ACC Coastal Division title. Plus big numbers from the big guns keeps them on the march to the record books. Let’s see how they stand with four more games to go.

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 172 2009

With four games left to go, it’s hard to see how Nesbitt won’t end up in the top 10 for most rushes in a season. If he averages 24 carries a game the rest of the way, he’ll end up in the top five.

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
12. Jonathan Dwyer 406 2007-
13. Josh Nesbitt 397 2007-

Nesbitt and Dwyer are still on pace for being in the top 10 on the career rushes list.
Dwyer needs 40 rushes in the next five games to unseat Lenny Snow from the top ten. Twenty two carries in the next four games will push Dwyer past Reggie Ball.

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 Jonathan Dwyer 718 2009
NR Josh Nesbitt 707 2009

Dwyer’s big game against Virginia makes his path to a second top 10 rushing season a bit easier. He’ll need about 105 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 was under the 103 yards a game average he needed to be in top 10 at season’s end. Eighty two yards isn’t bad though. He now needs 108 yards per game to finish the season in the top ten.

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 2549 2007-
8. C.J. Williams 2365 1994-96
9. David Sims 2274 1974-76
10. William Bell 2026 1989-93
15. Josh Nesbitt 1739 2007-

Dwyer is likely to pass Joe Burns for the #6 spot on the career rushing list with a good performance against Vanderbilt. Nesbitt just needs 288 yards to end up in the top ten. With 134 yards per game in the last four games he’ll be in the top nine. A tougher chore for sure.

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
10 Josh Nesbitt 11 2009

Nesbitt’s two touchdowns against Virginia gave him a top 10 season for rushing touchdowns. Three more trips to the end zone will equal Dwyer’s touchdown total from last year. Five touchdowns in four games will land him in the top two.

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 26 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
12 Josh Nesbitt 18 2007-

Dwyer needs two more touchdowns to join Tashard Choice, Joe Burns and Robert Lavette in the top three. The top two is in reach. Nesbitt should easily reach the top 10 and might reach the top 5. Five more times crossing the goal line will give him a top 5 career for rushing touchdowns.

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. Demaryius Thomas 104 2007-

Thomas now owns the 11th spot thanks to his three catches last Saturday.

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
14 Demaryius Thomas 747 2009

If Thomas averages 23 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 1932 2007-

With four 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.

Defense Records

Sacks, Season

Name Number Year
1. Pat Swilling 15 1985
2. Coleman Rudolph 13 1991
3. Greg Gathers 13 2000
4. Marco Coleman 12.5 1990
5. Eric Henderson 11 2003
6. Marco Coleman 10 1991
7. Felipe Claybrooks 10 1998
7. Greg Gathers 10 2001
9. Coleman Rudolph 9.5 1992
10. Michael Johnson 9 2008
10. Jesse Tarplin 9 1998
10. Nick Rogers 9 2000
NR Derrick Morgan 8.5 2009

Derrick Morgan is quite close to entering the top ten for sacks in a season. One more sack in the next four games and he’ll be tied with Coleman Rudolph for the ninth spot.

109 comments Add your comment


October 28th, 2009
7:10 pm

Time to whip some SEC bootay yet again. Our Johnson is bigger than yours. THWG, Gator Bait!


October 28th, 2009
7:15 pm

Ramblin Wreck!

Cleveland, OH jacket

October 28th, 2009
7:16 pm

Doug, I think you meant to put Coastal division title….it’s OK, I got your back ;)

Jackets Keep Rollin'

October 28th, 2009
7:32 pm

Atlantic division? Really? Anyway…
This is a key game…They hung around with South Carolina and are probably determined to get a W. We performed better against Mississippi State than other ranked teams have. A solid Vandy win bodes well for the next 3 games. GO JACKETS!

Not Disappointed

October 28th, 2009
7:33 pm

Let’s go Jackets!

Alabama Jack

October 28th, 2009
7:38 pm

Beat Vandy – talk about records Sunday.


October 28th, 2009
7:44 pm

Ya’ll hunkerdown now you here.


October 28th, 2009
7:46 pm

macro I know you liked that.


October 28th, 2009
7:48 pm

National nerds!

GT For You And Me

October 28th, 2009
7:51 pm

For the Dawg fans! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bI9i4IqeOcY And my beloved GT fans!!!!!!!


October 28th, 2009
7:56 pm

Robert Lavette was THE MAN … #1 for career rushes, #1 for career rushing TD’s, and #9 for career pass receptions. 914 career rushes is hard to beat, considering the next highest is P.J. Daniels at 707. I remember well the GT/GA games with Robert Lavette and Hershel Walker on the field.

Anyway … must focus on one game at a time. Let’s stick it to Vandy this weekend and get another W against the not-so-almighty SEC … GO JACKETS!!

GT For You And Me

October 28th, 2009
8:14 pm

Hate to say it,but I think Tebow will have a breakout game when Ga. goes to the Swamp……. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hk1EG619Tqw

GT For You And Me

October 28th, 2009
8:24 pm

This is why GA sucks. Never would have know it until I saw it for myself…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKjurP9ceKI

Peach Fuzz

October 28th, 2009
8:51 pm

CPJ: I am NOT repeat NOT looking for a new job-Tech is NOT a spring board to something bigger-however; as i mentioned before my system could work anywhere including the pros if given a chance


October 28th, 2009
8:52 pm

You’d think the newspaper right down the street from campus would know what division GT is in. I guess this is what happens when half of your staff is composed of School for The Tards Jounralism majors aka UGA. What a joke. Read the MAcon paper for your Tech articles. Coley Harvey does a much better job and actually knows what he’s talking about. Atleast he knows what DIVISION we are in. AJC = Joke Rag


October 28th, 2009
8:52 pm

Lets see how long before they delete my previous post

Peach Fuzz

October 28th, 2009
8:54 pm

CPJ: exactly how does one define a chop block in the strict confines of the rules?


October 28th, 2009
8:55 pm

Hey Super Dawg, go back to your blog and complain about how the UGA police are biased against Dawg players. Seems one of your starting lineman was caught running a red light and no drivers license. The guys’ 22 and has only a learners permit.

Vince's Dooley and Wally's big ole Butt

October 28th, 2009
8:58 pm

What disappoints me from the AJC writers the most is they do not recognize how great of a back Jonathan Dwyer really is. You would think after last season’s @ss whooping in Sanford Stadium they would notice how much Dwyer stands out..but the AJC writers are just writing with blinders on..Like k-money says, its sad that it is the newspaper right down the street from the campus…


October 28th, 2009
9:12 pm

Ditto, Jack.
Beat Vanderbilt.
I’ve never been to a game at Vanderbilt, so I’m really looking forward to this trip. I see that there’s a 70% for rain.
What is J. Burnett’s status for Saturday?

VT is a 17 point favorite over UNC tomorrow.
GT is a 13 point favorite over Vandy.
Miami is a 7 point favorite over WF.
FSU is a 9 point favorite over NCState.
UVA is a 7 point favorite over Duke.
Clemson has Coastal Carolina.
BC has Central Michigan.
Maryland has forfeited the remainder of their schedule.

Peach Fuzz

October 28th, 2009
9:17 pm

chop chop chop chop chop chop chop

Peach Fuzz

October 28th, 2009
9:40 pm

CPJ: i believe that Vince Young of the Tenn Titans would fit in my system perfectly-oops did i say that-well we are going to Nashville aren’t we-just a thought nothing to read into

Saint Simon

October 28th, 2009
10:56 pm

i loves me some football men

mash the bug

October 28th, 2009
10:56 pm

hey GT can you beat an SEC team this week? doubtful


October 28th, 2009
11:42 pm

Mash the bug,
We may beat as many SEC team’s as UGA does and you won’t beat any ACC teams.

Doug Roberson

October 28th, 2009
11:59 pm

Sorry for the Atlantic thing. Matt works in Digital and spent a lot of time putting this chart together. I should have caught the Division thing.
Not his fault.

Doug Roberson

October 29th, 2009
12:00 am

Sorry, not digital, durable content. I need to get some sleep.


October 29th, 2009
12:03 am

Once again it is not about the player’s individual statistics in this offense, it is the week to week average of 300 yards rushing per game as a unit, and 125 to 150 through the air as a TEAM that is the most important. That is what wins championships!

Go to http://isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football articles and a preview of the Yellow Jackets upcoming game against Vanderbilt. Go Jackets!


October 29th, 2009
2:15 am

many of the lists mention how much of a certain stat a player needs to average over the last 4 games to move up on the list but tech will actually have 5 and maybe 6 more games this year. Vandy, Wake, Duke, UGA, possibly ACC championship game, and bowl game(Orange or Chick-Fil-A).


October 29th, 2009
2:22 am

Doug and Matt,
This may seem obvious, but no one has brought it up: With regard to the records chase, it should be mentioned that barring injury, these guys are definitely going to play in a bowl game, and are very likely to play in the ACC championship. Six (not four) games makes them likely to make a huge push for a higher spot in those rankings.

Imagine if everyone comes back next year. It’s way to early, but if Tech finishes this year strong, the way they’re capable, there should be a lot of preseason hype. Maybe a top 5 spot preseason and talk of contention for the MNC? Can’t fault me for being excited about the potential.


October 29th, 2009
8:30 am

I hate to rain on the MNC parade, but a NC team must have DEFENSE…. Come on guys, enough with the top 5, top 10 talk. It just makes GT fans look foolish when they play a real team, like LSU in a bowl game.. If this coach can recruit then we will contend with the rest of the elite teams. i.e. UF,TEXAS,USC,OK…. He hasn’t proved, YET that he can recruit, so let’s chill for now. In a couple of years if we can recruit with the big boys and then play with the big boys, then we have arrived. Until then all this talk is foolish…

Go Jackets.. win or lose !


October 29th, 2009
8:55 am

aarwea – I agree with you completely about finding it hard not to think about what might happen next year but the only record we need to concern ourselves with this week is 8-1. BEAT VANDY. Take care of business one week at a time and the records will take care of themselves.



October 29th, 2009
9:05 am

Beamer shut up about the “chop”, so everyone else can too..1)if the refs have input, CPJ will adjust & instruct & we will adapt & still run the ball 2)if it is so dangerous to block below the waist, the logical next step is to outlaw TACKLING below the waist(wait-we could give everybody flags…)

GA Tech Insider

October 29th, 2009
9:08 am


October 29th, 2009
9:13 am

GA Tech Insider…… LOL


October 29th, 2009
9:24 am

GA Tech Insider – good one!


October 29th, 2009
10:03 am

Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t Tony Hollings have those 11 TD’s in 2002 in only 4 games? I’m pretty sure that’s how long it took him to blow out his knee. Talk about what could’ve been a great year.

Go Jackets

October 29th, 2009
10:22 am

Chris, I think you are right…I remember him speeding down the sidelines…it was a shame he got hurt…he was an amazing athlete that had elite speed

Saint Simons

October 29th, 2009
10:23 am

Doug we don’t expect much from you!!! your a UGA grad!!!!!!!


October 29th, 2009
10:34 am



October 29th, 2009
10:41 am

Here’s one Tech fan rooting for UGA to beat the Gators. It’s time for someone else to be on top.


October 29th, 2009
10:45 am

GT93, I agree. We have to focus on one game at the time, and not be predicting the score of the GT/UGA game right now. We have 3 very important games before that one. Take it from an old guy , you young guys don’t need to ge so excited. Save that energy for something really exciting, blond, brunette, redhead or a bud light.


October 29th, 2009
10:52 am

superDawg, liked what? The fact that you’ve been wrong EVERYtime you’ve made a pre-game prediction? That Tech is 7-1? Your pups…4-3?! Tech has FOUR National Championships compared to two for the mutts? Please clarify…you’ve been pretty quiet lately…gator got your tongue?

High Wire Dwyer

October 29th, 2009
10:57 am

I can smell the Coastal Division title, it’s so close. Go Jackets!

And FYI, this is the best GT shirt I have seen on campus ever: We Love Our Johnson THWG

Cuzzin Vinnie

October 29th, 2009
11:00 am

Coley Harvey is without a doubt the BEST!


October 29th, 2009
11:04 am

yaaaaawn!!! Glad you guys are winning some games but dang if it is not the most boring thing to watch in football!! Nobody wants Tech in a bowl game cause they are Booooooring!!!!!

Cuzzin Vinnie

October 29th, 2009
11:06 am

Mash bug – we are 1-0 against the SEC this year already. Go back to the corner and sniff some butts like a good dog.

Dawg Nation

October 29th, 2009
11:08 am

Tech football…….. 7-1 and still a joke!!! bahahahahhahahahahahah

Cuzzin Vinnie

October 29th, 2009
11:09 am

cj – I’m with you. I’d rather see Cox’s face turn purple throwing interceptions, my running backs tackled in the backfield and my O line looking like swiss cheese.

Cuzzin Vinnie

October 29th, 2009
11:11 am

Fleabag Nation – the joke is between your legs according to your boyfriend.