Tech’s Nesbitt to miss spring practice

Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt will miss spring practice because of minor surgery on his right ankle.

Nesbitt, a junior from Greensboro, passed for 1,701 yards and rushed for 1,037 last season. He accounted for 28 touchdowns last season, 18 rushing and 10 passing in helping Tech win the ACC championship. He didn’t miss a game because of injury last season.

The Yellow Jackets’ spring practice begins March 29 and concludes April 24.

Nesbitt, who  is being mentioned as a possible Heisman Trophy contender in 2010, is expected to return for fall practices in August.

Tech has four other quarterbacks on its roster, including Jaybo Shaw, Tevin Washington, David Sims and Jordan Luallen. Sims and Luallen redshirted last season.

B-back Preston Lyons (shoulder) will also miss spring practice. Offensive tackle Phil Smith (knee) is expected to return.

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GT3O

February 18th, 2010
2:15 pm

GT3O

February 18th, 2010
2:15 pm

Really bad to hear. I was hoping he’d get the chance to improve his passing over the Spring and work on his progressions.

Shoot.

wesleywhatwhat

February 18th, 2010
2:17 pm

T-Bone

February 18th, 2010
2:20 pm

If it was just to “clean out” the ankles, why did they wait till now? Why not do it as soon as the bowl was over?

FantasTECH

February 18th, 2010
2:21 pm

He will be fine. THis might actually turn out to be a good thing since it will let the young guns get some reps. I think Nesbitt has earned a little time off and I also think he has proven that he knows how to run the offense. He doesn’t NEED to be in spring practice anyways. This kid is a stud and this won’t slow him down one bit.

Biddly Quacksworth

February 18th, 2010
2:22 pm

It’s all that UGA player’s fault. Dirty, dirty, dirty.

Techsupporter,

February 18th, 2010
2:23 pm

Good luck Nesbitt and come back safely for fall. You got the ACC in control,

db

February 18th, 2010
2:31 pm

I think this isn’t too bad. The young man gave his heart and soul to the Jackets last year. He clearly knows the system. It will give the younger guys more reps and let JN fully heal. Get well Josh & Go Jackets!

Stinger

February 18th, 2010
2:34 pm

I agree, give Josh some time off, he will be fine. It won’t prevent him from throwing the ball this summer. We need to see what the other quarterbacks can do this spring, before the season starts. I belive this is a positive thing that will help us get ready for the season. I’m looking forward to see who rises to the top.

JB

February 18th, 2010
2:38 pm

The guy doesn’t need spring practice. He could use a QB coach though. He and Tebow will both end up in the NFL QB recycle bin. no room for their QB mechanics in the NFL. It’s all about Vertical passing, and being damn good at it.

DGD

February 18th, 2010
2:38 pm

30-24!!!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahahahaha

Sh– gets annoying doesn’t it???

Yellowblazer

February 18th, 2010
2:39 pm

I thought the most interesting part of this article was that Nesbitt was being mentioned for Heisman in 2010. Is that an accurate statement? Who is mentioning him? I love Josh and think he is a solid individual. Would love to see him get some Heisman hype.

BG

February 18th, 2010
2:39 pm

Nesbitt for Heisman. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

CatsFly

February 18th, 2010
2:40 pm

Talk about the ACC being a basketball (not football) conference. Well there is plenty talk of both football and basketball on the rivals’ sites of UNC, Tech, VaTech, MD, CLemson, etc. The last post on UGa basketball on rivals was 4 days ago. That is proof that UGa is a football-only school. Man, it’s BB season and all people at UGa can talk about is football. I know their team is terrible, but it will always be that way because there are no UGa BB fans.

Anti-alternative

February 18th, 2010
2:40 pm

I say let Nesbitt do whatever the heck he wants. No one fought harder for their team last year than Josh, and he couldn’t bolt for the NFL like his best friends. The man deserves our support even if he doesn’t play a single snap this year. He’s already a walking Tech legend as far as I’m concerned.

But I wish him the best and hope this only makes him stronger and faster in the future! Go Jackets!

QBert

February 18th, 2010
2:44 pm

I guess this will give the other QBs a chance to show that they can consistently complete forward passes. That’s never been Nesbitt’s strong suit.

Anti-alternative

February 18th, 2010
2:44 pm

Cats, this is the Deep South…this is football country no matter WHAT college you root for. Even at Wake and Duke their desire is to stay good at BBall but keep growing in FB. If we were up in Indiana maybe the conversation would look a little different, but as much as I love GT being good at whatever we do…I’d rather have solid football and baseball. Those are the traditional Southern sports, as I see it.

DoakBoyGT

February 18th, 2010
2:45 pm

Too bad he won’t be in the spring game. Maybe this will give us a chance to see what the other guys can do. Who will be his backup? I just don’t know if Jaybo is the answer.

nickj0321

February 18th, 2010
2:48 pm

doak boy fresh

Dean

February 18th, 2010
2:48 pm

Okay, I’m a Georgia fan so I realize I shouldn’t be on your board but I had to ask you guys about this. What do you guys think of the uniforms Tech has been wearing the last several years. I can’t stand them! It looks like they have changed the gold color. Now, I loved the old uniforms. Tech always had a classic, cool look. Now, it looks like a bad high school color scheme.

DGD

February 18th, 2010
2:49 pm

For Heisman????? I thought you have to be able to actually throw a football to win one of those as a QB?

surfrider

February 18th, 2010
2:49 pm

Good recovery for Nesbitt. Hopefully reps will help the other QB’s. With an improved 3-4 defensive scheme maybe this will allow Tech to pass more effectively. It’s one thing when you have to score every series and another when you can take a little bit more risk. Injuries hurt us on Defense last year too it seems.

Dean

February 18th, 2010
2:51 pm

Ummm Cats, I’m a Georgia basketball fan but what do you expect us to post. Geee, we lost again. We will get good with Mark Fox and once we are winning you will hear more from the fans.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 18th, 2010
2:51 pm

Dean, thanks for being a dawg who posts a sensible remark. I actually like the new uniforms, but I so prefer the old ones. However, I might ask the same about the uniforms the dawgs wore in Atlanta this year. That’s not the same red they used to wear. It was not a good looking uniform. I like the old really red jerseys with the silver britches, but I guess those days are long gone.

Dean

February 18th, 2010
2:54 pm

Supersize, I didn’t catch that they were different in Atlanta. I get the feeling that Nike plays with the uniform schemes. Yes, I like the silver britches as well and hope that we never go back to that montrosity we wore in Jacksonville this year. I don’t understand why football jerseys no longer have sleeves.

Revenge of the Nerds was fictional for a reason

February 18th, 2010
2:56 pm

Any guy being touted for the Heisman, who throws like Lamar Latrell, cannot afford to miss any practice.

Dean

February 18th, 2010
2:56 pm

Anyway, more to the point I hope Nesbitt makes a full recovery and is ready to go at full speech from the start of the season. Good luck to him!

Heisman? Really?

February 18th, 2010
2:56 pm

Doug,

What sources did you talk to that said he is a Heisman candidate for 2010??

GO TECH

February 18th, 2010
2:58 pm

The only upside is that the younger guys will get more snaps. I think the ankle bothered him towards the end of the season, and of course the classless georgia defenders targeted it. Probably tried to rest it but wasnt getting better, hence the procedure. He’s a warrior, he’ll be ready for the fall.

Jacket 4ever

February 18th, 2010
2:59 pm

I’m with Mr. Quacksworth, UGA plays dirty and they intentionally tried (and succeeded) to hurt Josh’s ankles during that game. Why no flag was thrown is completely beyond me and how any of them can brag over a win that resulted from their only strategy of “hurt Josh Nesbitt’s legs/ankles” cause otherwise we’ll lose is beyond me. I only ever see this from UGA, never from Tech when UGA has the athletically superior team, goes to show you which school and coaches have class.
And yes, this is a pattern, remember Eddie Lee Ivory? The same strategy cost him millions of dollars and a long career. THWG, you cheating thugs! I hope your entire starting offense faces these same attempts in every game next season, and then I will sit back and laugh at your whines about sportsmanship while you get your payback.

nickj0321

February 18th, 2010
3:00 pm

why should josh not be a heisman candidate? He had 18 rushing TDs last year and another 10 passing on the ACC championship team…
Because he “can’t” throw the balland he is a quarterback?
Funny how nowhere in the definition of a QB does it mention pass…
quar·ter·back   /ˈkwɔrtərˌbæk/ Show Spelled[kwawr-ter-bak] Show IPA
–noun
1.
a back in football who usually lines up immediately behind the center and directs the offense of the team.
2.
the position played by this back.
3.
a person who leads or directs a group or activity.

XL Dawg

February 18th, 2010
3:00 pm

Let’s see, best receiver, GONE, best running back, GONE, and now QB on IR……..We run this state!

Supersize that order, mutt

February 18th, 2010
3:02 pm

Dean, colors on TV look different, so the only time I see the dawgs live is every other year in Atlanta. The red on their uniforms this year was sort of a faded kind of red, in contrast to the bright red of years gone by. I DO miss the yellow britches vs the silver britches.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 18th, 2010
3:04 pm

Jacket 4ever, I was at the game when they took out Ivory. I don’t know if it was done intentionally or not, but the players on the field definitely jumped up and down and pointed to him when he was down…..TOTAL lack of class.

Revenge of the Nerds was fictional for a reason

February 18th, 2010
3:05 pm

Perhaps the jerseys appeared faded as they were quickly rushing past your “defense”?

Supersize that order, mutt

February 18th, 2010
3:09 pm

or perhaps they were faded because they got white-washed in the Florida game

Gutfeld

February 18th, 2010
3:11 pm

Nesbitt is very good at running the option but he isn’t good enough throwing the ball to win the Heisman. His rushing numbers aren’t impressive enough to compensate for his poor passing. His inability to throw the ball has cost Tech a handful of games over the years. When you throw the ball as rarely as Tech does you’ve gotta be able to complete more than 46% of your attempts. His completion percentage needs to be closer to 55%. If he can get there, Tech will truly be a dangerous offense.

nickj0321

February 18th, 2010
3:12 pm

Gutfeld – why does that take him out of heisman contention bc he doesn’t/”can’t” throw the ball?

Doug Roberson

February 18th, 2010
3:12 pm

Heisman: I’ve seen it written and heard it mentioned. I’m sure between now and then there’ll be lots of dudes mentioned.

nickj0321

February 18th, 2010
3:12 pm

quar·ter·back   /ˈkwɔrtərˌbæk/ Show Spelled[kwawr-ter-bak] Show IPA
–noun
1.
a back in football who usually lines up immediately behind the center and directs the offense of the team.

What do UG and GT fans have in common?

February 18th, 2010
3:16 pm

They both love talking GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKET ANKLE SURGERY on a Thursday afternoon.

Anti-alternative

February 18th, 2010
3:16 pm

The uniforms have been different over the last two years. I’ve been a student at Tech for the last 5 years, and the best ones I’ve seen were the “Throwback Thursday” ones with white helmets. I used to think the Gailey-era uniforms had a weak color of gold on them…too light and shiny. The CPJ’s first year we had the correct school color used (truly Old Gold) but on a more modern pattern. Then the same modern pattern got colored with the lighter gold…it’s not terrible, but I think we need to stick to one scheme. White tops with gold lettering and gold pants on Grant Field (no Navy anywhere on it), then white tops with white pants on the road. Helmets should stay the true metallic Old Gold with a white GT and occasionally white with a gold GT. Only. I don’t want Russell to go all Nike-at-Oregon with us.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 18th, 2010
3:19 pm

Anti-alternative, I totally agree on the “no Navy”. I don’t care what any committee decided a few years ago, blue is NOT one of Tech’s colors. It is, and always has been, white and gold. Tech has worn blue at various times in its history, but it has also worn black. If we need a 3rd color, then it should be black, not blue.

Anti-alternative

February 18th, 2010
3:20 pm

I’ve heard the AD at one point in 2008 had ordered a full complement of Navy tops, britches, and helmets in case CPJ was going to be one of those coaches that wanted “something different” against a big team. Thank God he respects tradition!

Supersize that order, mutt

February 18th, 2010
3:21 pm

We wore blue against LSU, and it was a good looking uniform, but it was still NOT a Tech uniform, IMHO. Plus, since we played such a lousy game in those uniforms, I hope we never see them again.

Anti-alternative

February 18th, 2010
3:21 pm

I agree on the Navy, but I’d stay away from black…it’s a little to Athenian, if you know what I mean. Not that I don’t like the way the ‘85 team looked. Actually, the black GT on the defensive helmets was really cool too. But alas…the secondary is white because UGA’s secondary is black.

Jacket 4ever

February 18th, 2010
3:21 pm

Supersize, I watched it on TV as a kid, I had been to see him quite a few times in person. I went to the Navy game where he set the then Tech record (if I recall correctly) of 4 td’s in a game. I loved that guy!
Look at this list http://www.fbsstatistics.com/seasonrushingleaders.htm and see who surrounds his yardage totals within 100 yds. Pretty impressive company.

409 yards

February 18th, 2010
3:22 pm

Dawg Fans: the perfect balance of dumb and classless

Whine incessantly about Brandon Spikes, but its okay when your defenders do it? Wow.

Alabama Jack

February 18th, 2010
3:22 pm

Good luck, Josh. You are a warrior.

Dumb delusional dawg fans are a menace to sheep.

Anti-alternative

February 18th, 2010
3:22 pm

and I mean secondary color…not defensive squad