Jackets for All-American

Georgia Tech’s sports information department put out a snazzy release touting the accomplishments of a few key players for All-American honors on Wednesday.

Here are the stats and a few of the notes from the release:

DERRICK MORGAN

2009
P-A    TKL        TFL        Sck        FC   FR Int PB BK

31-14 45    17.0-95 12.5-81    0      2    0     1   0

Career

P-A     TKL        TFL       Sck        FC   FR Int PB BK

66-39 105 28.0-153 19.5-131 0     6   0     5    1

• Has 12.5 sacks, which ranks first in the ACC and are the second-most nationally.

• Has 17.0 tackles for loss, which ranks first in the ACC and tied for the seventh-most nationally.

• Has six career fumble recoveries including two this season.

• Named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Sept. 14) and the Lott Trophy National Player of the Week for his performance against Clemson.

• Had three sacks in a game twice this season — Wake Forest (Nov. 7) and Clemson (Sept. 10).

• Over the last six games he has 10 tackles for loss and 7 sacks.

JONATHAN DWYER

2009

Att   Yds    Avg.     TD    LP    Rec.    Yds    Avg.    TD     LP

183 1203 6.6          11    74       1       11.0   11.0      0       11

Career

Att    Yds   Avg.      TD    LP    Rec.     Yds  Avg.     TD     LP

465 3034 6.5         32     88      11       237  21.5        1      79

• Selected as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, Preseason first team All-American by Sporting News, Phil Steele Magazine, NBC, ESPN.com, Sports Illustrated and CBSSports.com.

• Ranks second in the ACC and 19th nationally in rushing yards per game (109.4).

• Has rushed for 100 yards in a game six times this season, including in each of the last four games.

• Over the last eight games (all wins),  has rushed for 1,035 yards (129.4 ypg) and nine touchdowns.

• Is just the third player in Tech history to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

• Name is etched throughout Tech’s career record book: 2nd in rushing touchdowns (32), 3rd in overall TDs (33), T-3rd in 100-yard rushing games (16), 6th in rushing yards (3,034) and 8th in scoring (200).

DEMARYIUS THOMAS

2009
Rec. Yds Avg. TD LP
39    950 24.4   6 75

Career

Rec. Yds   Avg. TD LP
113 2,135 18.9  13 88

• Named one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award on Oct. 26.

• Leads the nation in yards per reception (24.4).

• Ranks first in the ACC and tied for 19th nationally in receiving yards per game (86.4 ypg).

• 24.4 yards per reception is the highest in Georgia Tech history.

• Has 15 receptions of 20 yards or more, 10 catches of 30 yards or more and seven receptions of 50-plus yards in 2009.

• Has caught at least one pass in 27 consecutive games,
tying for the fifth-longest streak in Tech history.

• Selected preseason All-ACC by the conference writers and by Phil Steele Magazine.

JOSH NESBITT

Passing

2009

Com-Att     Eff.       Yds   Pct. TD INT

58-125    156.41 1,418 46.4   8     4

Career

Com-Att     Eff.       Yds   Pct. TD INT

117-261 124.94 2,319 44.8 11 11

Rushing

2009

Att Yds Avg. TD LP

218 847 3.9 16 39

Career

Att Yds Avg. TD LP

443 1,879 4.2 23 54

• Has 18 completions of 30-plus yards — more than any quarterback in the ACC.

• Is the most prolific rushing quarterback in Georgia Tech history for a season and a career.

• Has rushed for 16 touchdowns this season, the second-most in Tech history. Running and passing combined, he is responsible for 24 touchdowns this season.

• No other player in the ACC ranks in the top 10 in both rushing and total offense.

• Has rushed for at least two touchdowns in a game six times thisseason.

66 comments Add your comment

DVille4GT

November 18th, 2009
9:41 pm

gtman

November 18th, 2009
10:24 pm

Technophobia

November 18th, 2009
10:44 pm

Congrats to all these guys on a great season!

Ga Tech Old Timer

November 18th, 2009
11:00 pm

Strangely silent this year – Morgan Burnett! Other than providing defensive run support he’s not been around the ball much at all with the exception of early on in the season with 4 picks – one of them in the end zone as time ran out in the half. His flash and spirit is missing and I’m wondering where it went – and why?

SCQA&A

November 18th, 2009
11:18 pm

Derrick, Diesel, and Bay-Bay – definite All-Americans. Josh should be an All-American, but because of the media bias towards QBs that throw all over the place – especially with the passing version of the spread all over ESPN highlights, et al. – he won’t get the All-American appreciation that he should. A shame. But I predict he’s the Tommie Frazier of 2010. Definite 2010 All-American and Heisman candidate. And hopefully…national championship-winning QB :) .

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GIVE ME A BREAK

November 19th, 2009
12:21 am

GT9

November 19th, 2009
12:55 am

Congrats, JACKETS!
Sure have enjoyed watching you guys play some excellent football.

Metal Jacket

November 19th, 2009
1:00 am

I’ve never seen a bigger, stronger, more mentally tough, more determined team at”GEORGIA TECH.” I’m PROUD of you guys.

Savannah Jacket

November 19th, 2009
1:38 am

Go Tech! I’m so glad these guys are getting the attention and respect they deserve.

On another note, I bought a t-shirt at http://www.stinGTees.com and the damn thing practically fell apart after a single washing. Don’t waste your money! They suck.

War Jacket

November 19th, 2009
7:39 am

I too am puzzled by the play of Morgan Burnett. Unlike last year, it seems that I only notice him when a tackled in missed and on second look it turns out to be number one. Also, I have noticed that he routinely goes for running backs’ ankles when trying to make a tackle, especially against the bigger backs on runs up the middle. This makes me think that he’s hurting, bad shoulder or something.

Tech Tony

November 19th, 2009
8:33 am

I don’t see any reason why Nesbitt can’t make it as the 2nd or 3rd team All-American QB. I think Case Keenum of Houston is a dead mortal lock based on his pure numbers alone for 1st team honors but Nesbitt has a strong case right behind. All-Americans aren’t always determined on statistics alone; sometimes teams that launch themselves onto the national landscape unexpectedly (I think many of us Jacket fans aren’t all that surprised over Tech’s success but the national media is) get their due props in postseason accolades. When you take a look at Tech’s success as a team THEN take a look at Nesbitt’s numbers, he certainly qualifies for inclusion on the All-American list.

While I think he has merited it, I’m not so sure that Bebe will get serious consideration. To be honest about it, a lot of All-American voters don’t watch that many Tech games; this makes Thomas a victim because the national perspective is that Tech’s a strictly running team so there will be more than a few voters that won’t even take the time to so much as glance at his numbers.

Morgan’s a no-brainer. He’s simply dominate. Dwyer will be close. He’s had a great year but his “counting” numbers pale a little bit to some other backs because Diesel is a cog in the machine, not a feature back. This is not to denigrate Dwyer’s season or ability in any way, but because All-Americans can often times be awarded as much on a geographic basis as on talent, he might fall as low as 3rd team.

What I’m going to be interested to see, as awards are doled out after the season, is the three man race for natonial coach of the year: CPJ, TCU’s Gary Patterson, and Brian Kelly of Cincinnati.

Psyched to be a Jacket

November 19th, 2009
8:34 am

Morgan Burnetts problems could be linked to the defensive line not putting consistant pressure on the opposing quarterbacks. Just a thought. However, it looks like D. Morgan is finally getting some help from Anderson. Come on Jackets, let’s finish the drill and end the season 13-1!

GO JACKETS!!!!!!

Ga Tech Old Timer

November 19th, 2009
9:08 am

War Jacket & Psyched to be a Jacket – Thanks.
Both good observations and things I hadn’t thought about. As we all know, last year he was the class of the defensive backfield and the glue that held it all together back there. You could depend on him being aggressive and in the face of receivers all over the field. This year he’s mostly playing the support role for his teammates rather than the leader. I hope you’re right and last year wasn’t just an aberration.

Tech82

November 19th, 2009
9:27 am

Burnett’s Problems are two-fold. The first is the lack of a pass rush cited by an earlier post. The second is that he has been playing most of the season with a cast on his hand from a broken thumb (I think). He has made two interceptions with the cast on but both were caught because he had the luxury of cradling the ball into his body and not catching it with his hands. He will be back next season (or later this season – we still have three more games) with a vengeance.

Saint Simons

November 19th, 2009
10:37 am

Tech gets 2 blogs a week, UGA gets 4 blogs a day, AJC gives Tech no respect!!!!

Cuttysark

November 19th, 2009
11:45 am

Derrick Morgan will make an All American Team, but not the 1st Team based solely on an ACC bias by the media. He can play on any team in the land and be effective because he brings it on every play. Nobody on offense will make it since the media have bought into the idea that this is a “gimmick or high school offense.” Silly as it sounds, that is the reality for the folks who vote for these awards. That is why Tech needs to keep making its statement on the football field. These awards are very overrated anyway. Georgia Tech is playing great football at the right time, and that is all that matters.

Go to http://isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football articles. THWG!

reebok

November 19th, 2009
12:12 pm

Clearly our 4 best players, well deserving of recognition. GO JACKETS!

Tampabound

November 19th, 2009
12:16 pm

Hope they all come back and win a national championship and a blockbuster movie is made about the whole thing

Tech82

November 19th, 2009
2:31 pm

Once again, a very talented Tech basketball team was unable to overcome their coach and lost to a team with lesser talent. Yes, I know Dayton is ranked but their roster has nowhere near the talent ours does. This is embarrassing!

TEKie

November 19th, 2009
3:02 pm

FIRE HEWITT IMMEDIATELY!!!

Same old Tech. Turnovers, mental errors, can’t shoot, can’t play defense…. You could recruit the 5 best players in the country and Hewitt would still lose with them… Horrid.

Baba O'Riley

November 19th, 2009
5:51 pm

Agree with the two posts above. Different year, same song. No shooters, unforced turnovers, leaving shots uncontested. How many times have our guards dribbled the ball off their feet and out of bounds? Hewitt looks and acts like George Jefferson on the sidelines. I CRINGE when he brings out the whiteboard to draw up a play. Does ANYONE in college basketball do less with more?

superDawg

November 19th, 2009
6:18 pm

misterwax

November 19th, 2009
7:35 pm

Football, 2 thumbs up!! Hoops, sadly 2 thumbs down. I lstened to Wes call the game today, 15 TOs in the first half and 6 missed free throws when Dayton had only 1 or 2 attempts…..pathetic. Paul Hewitt needs to be a gentleman and forfeit his contract….do the right thing.

sharecropper

November 19th, 2009
8:16 pm

Nothing about nothing, except: do you think maybe dville4gt and gtman could grow up and actually get a life outside of sitting there waiting for a blog to be posted? It is embarrassing, guys. Have either of you turned 12 yet?

Not Disappointed

November 19th, 2009
9:06 pm

Keep winning Jackets!!!

Big G

November 19th, 2009
10:52 pm

Beat Georgia’s A$$!!!!!!!!! I hate them and their delusional fans.

Dawg snatcher

November 20th, 2009
7:10 am

I hope that our standout offensive players get the national recognition they deserve, but this may not be the year for at least 3 reasons:

First – Teams like TCU, Cincinnati, Houston, etc are having great seasons in large part due to the outstanding performance of their key players

Second – The media’s bias against the ACC

Third, but most importantly – Tech plays team football more than almost any other program and is less dependent on any given day upon the play of one or two individuals. PJ’s system depends upon each player performing his assignment which means our QB, A and B backs are either a decoy or blocker on every play they don’t carry the ball resulting in more contact per game than other systems. One reason we constantly rotate A and B backs.

Our offensive system spreads the yardage around (except for the limited passing of which half goes to Thomas) which keeps any one player from having huge stats, and we don’t pass enough to run up the passing numbers. Nesbitt is involved in every non kicking offensive play, but a lot of his contribution is in reading the defense and taking hits even when he does not keep the ball or pass it. There are no individual stats for this – a lot of his numbers show up in the score, time of possession, 1st downs, 3rd and 4th down conversions, etc which count as team stats.

A good example of the opposite style of play is Clemson. Where would they be without Spiller and Ford? These guys are used as backs, receivers, kickoff and punt returns, (and Spiller even threw a pass), which gives them the stats and exposure.

J.T.

November 20th, 2009
7:12 am

About Burnett, he still does make some big plays. A lot of times he will come out of nowhere and make the tackle or stop a reception. By the way, because of the way he plays, and his dreads I think we should call him The Predator.

johnny dee

November 20th, 2009
9:29 am

Hey the autopsy is in. UGA died from the stress of having to play us at home on the flats. Buzz did not even have to sting him

GTforLife

November 20th, 2009
9:31 am

Umm, everyone knows that we already call Anthony Allen “The Predator,” duh.

johnny dee is classy

November 20th, 2009
9:35 am

johnny dee is a putz. You tech fans must be very proud of your fans cheering UGA VII passing. I’ve seen it before on here and now i believe it. You guys really do suck at life.

OptionBee

November 20th, 2009
11:03 am

WHERE IS MORGAN BURNETT?????????? HEY TECH, YOU DROPPED THE BALL!!!!!!

panama city beach mike

November 20th, 2009
11:56 am

TechPhi97

November 20th, 2009
12:06 pm

The fact is that teams are throwing the ball at our LB’s, not our safeties. People aren’t throwing at him as much because he’s an excellent safety and a ball hawk. Crossing routes and balls in the flat are covered by the LB’s and this is what you see the marjority of the time in our games.

Daniel

November 20th, 2009
1:30 pm

Does anyone know where you can listen or watch the Basketball game on-line?

typicalnerd

November 20th, 2009
2:31 pm

typicalnerd

November 20th, 2009
2:34 pm

soak it in you fuzzy little bees. suck on that nectar

Not Disappointed

November 20th, 2009
2:55 pm

Yeah, CPJ signs extention! Ramblin Wreck! Suck on that haters!

GTRich

November 20th, 2009
3:40 pm

Anyone knows the legal or financial ramification of this extension. Is this so that Tech can give him a raise over the period covered by the existing contract. It doesn’t make a lot of sense just extending for a measly year.

UGAX

November 20th, 2009
3:46 pm

Nesbit should definitely be 2nd or 3rd team; Morgan’s a beast and Dwyer will be a great back in the NFL next year (along with Morgan).

Congrats to CPJ for contract extension even though I personally hope he’s gone before 2016.

LMAO!

November 20th, 2009
4:16 pm

So football players go to Tech for an education huh? HA HA HA HA HA!

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=rivals-338084&prov=rivals&type=lgns

dorkpoll

November 20th, 2009
4:30 pm

gt national champions

BobinBuford

November 20th, 2009
4:32 pm

LMAO!

How many of those UGA degrees are in Leisure Studies, Turf Management, Animal Husbandry, etc.?? You know, degrees that GT does NOT have.

superDawg

November 20th, 2009
5:35 pm

GEORGIA turf management will come in handy Nov,28.besides when your boys earn their sanition eng.degree we have a job opening on the no.campus on saturdays.

Johnny Test

November 20th, 2009
6:00 pm

Saint Simons

November 19th, 2009
10:37 am
Tech gets 2 blogs a week, UGA gets 4 blogs a day, AJC gives Tech no respect!!!!

That’s because nobody cares.. did you see the crowd at the DUKE game. I’ve seen bigger crowds at high school games. You guys didn’t even sell out the VT game. The ACC championship game… nobody cares, nobody shows. The ACC should give up football. nobody cares.

Techman

November 20th, 2009
6:41 pm

just want to send my sympothy out to the bulldog nation on the passing of UGA7. What I don’t get is why the story is always accompanied with a picture of Barbara Dooly?

Lets all the way turned up, HATE GA EARLY

gotech

November 20th, 2009
6:54 pm

Great job Josh, Bebe, Derrick, and Jon! You guys are the best! Now go win an ACC Championship (after beating the Dawgs of course)!

GT Anchorage

November 20th, 2009
8:03 pm

superdawg is an idiot. Look at ugays employment rate after graduation. I don’t think that working at McDonalds counts. I have many friends who have graduated from ugay and still haven’t found a job. A uga degree isn’t good enough for squat, except for toilet paper.

superDawg

November 20th, 2009
10:50 pm

gt issued no statement on gsr.

ramblin_wreck_ce

November 21st, 2009
6:44 am

Johnny Test,

Nerds love to blog, right? Nerds love to sit at their computers and not have anything else to do. It’s social expression without having to be social. You’d think the blogs would be flip-flopped with GT > UGA.

So given that fact, you have to come to the conclusion that the Dawg fans are just simply becoming computer nerds.

Oh, the irony.