Been a long road back for 4 Tech players

Never has 103 degrees felt so good.

With Georgia Tech opening fall practice on Thursday in temperatures more akin to a sweat lodge than a practice, several players who are considered key to defending the ACC title were able to practice for the first time in months.

After wearing the red or gold “injury” jersey during the spring practices, quarterback Joshua Nesbitt (ankle), offensive lineman Phil Smith (ankle), B-back Preston Lyons (shoulder), and defensive tackle Ben Anderson (knee) were able to put on the white (offense) or blue (defense) tops and work out with their teammates at Rose Bowl field in preparation for the Sept. 4 season-opener against South Carolina State.

“It felt good being out there, being with my teammates,” Nesbitt said.

After sitting out the spring because of ankle surgery, Nesbitt said two weeks ago that he’s in the best shape he’s been in since he was at Greene County High School. He’s looking to improve on an All-ACC season in which he passed and rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each category. Having rushed for 2,079 yards in three seasons, he needs 692 more to become the most prolific rushing quarterback in ACC history.

With depth a concern on the offensive line, Smith’s return at tackle is a bright spot for Tech. He said he is 100 percent recovered from the spiral fracture of the ankle sustained during the ACC championship game, and glad to be done with the rehab that dominated his summer.

“This is the longest time I’ve ever gone without playing football,” said Smith, who was cleared by team doctors to play in mid-May. He started four games and played in 13 others.

The battle to win the crucial nose tackle position in the 3-4 defense will intensity with the return of Anderson, who sustained a torn ACL in the loss to Georgia. At 6-2, 275-pounds, Anderson used his size to make 18 tackles and three sacks last season.

He was cleared two weeks ago to rejoin the team. He said he’s 100-percent confident in the knee.

“We’ll see what happens when we put the pads on,” he said.

Perhaps no one was happier than coach Paul Johnson to see the long line of players walking past as they headed to the locker rooms, none of them wearing a red or gold jersey.

“It’s always great to start the fall camp in shorts and helmets and you don’t have anyone on the injured list,” Johnson said.

44 comments Add your comment

All Hail the Nesbitt

August 5th, 2010
7:30 pm

Finally feels like the season has arrived! Good luck to the fellas. Stay healthy.

ManUp...

August 5th, 2010
7:31 pm

Minimize injuries and maximize reps. CPJ has his head on straight. Go Jackets!

Savannah Jacket

August 5th, 2010
7:34 pm

CAN’T WAIT TILL SEPT 4. GO JACKETS!!!!!

superDawg

August 5th, 2010
7:43 pm

CAN’T WAIT FOR NOV.YOU KNOW THE REST!!!!

superDawg

August 5th, 2010
7:46 pm

pj closes practices because no one would show up anyway good decoy.

superDawg

August 5th, 2010
7:48 pm

CHECK OUT THE MAT DRILLS ON SAT.10:00PM.

StraightJacket

August 5th, 2010
8:06 pm

Doug, I heard a rumor that Kyle Jackson is back too???

Right on!

August 5th, 2010
8:07 pm

TDone

August 5th, 2010
8:11 pm

SuperDawg, I bet you are an expert on mat drills.

JacketFan86

August 5th, 2010
8:17 pm

Glad to know everyone is healthy! anderson came on strong at end of last yr! if he stays healthy he could def challenge for starting DT spot! Thanks for the read.

superDawg

August 5th, 2010
8:18 pm

I’ve done a few and kept the red panties too.

T-Rav and the Eastside Grainger

August 5th, 2010
8:20 pm

What is it about Dogs and gettin’ drilled?

Doug Roberson

August 5th, 2010
8:38 pm

Its not a rumor. I’ve said a few times he was gonna be back.

RandyRhino

August 5th, 2010
8:43 pm

Sooperdawg, you know what? I’ve been reading Bradley the last couple days where he was wondering if UGAY’s D was gonna suck as bad as it did last year or whether your QB was as big a wuss as he looks,and I noticed that there weren’t any Tech folks making fools out of themselves on his blog like you always do on Doug’s here. Why don’t you go back over and sit on your pillow like a good mutt and if you decide to spew forth anymore Dawgs#$* please do it on the paper, and if you want to chew on something, chew on those panties you got stuck between your legs…THWG!

Jackets21

August 5th, 2010
8:54 pm

Time to start the title defense!

And Dawgies, yuck it up while you still can. When the 4th rolls around, it’s a new season, and this last year won’t matter any more. I’m looking ahead to UNC…the Dawgs time will come.

Big Stinger

August 5th, 2010
8:55 pm

Why are UGA fans commenting on this? GT isn’t even one of their rivals. Isn’t there a UGA story to comment on?

Jackets21

August 5th, 2010
8:55 pm

Also,
Doug can try to find out if Bostic has gained any weight? He came in at 163, so it would be nice to know if he’s packed on some lbs

StraightJacket

August 5th, 2010
9:02 pm

Hey Doug, thanks … Also, caught your gig on ESPN CFB Live today … nice report…..

RandyRhino

August 5th, 2010
9:43 pm

Jackets21…B.J.hasn’t put on much weight,he’s probably 175-180 now but he is a growin’boy and is gonna be a helluva engineer! I saw him play against Calhoun and Da’Thug last year in the HS playoffs, and he was very impressive at QB. I would’ve liked to see him play defense(which he didn’t) and cover Rogers since that’s what he’ll probably play at Tech although he’s an athlete and will excel anywhere they put him.

little honey bee from the hood

August 5th, 2010
10:38 pm

2 offseasons ago, UGA lost their core star players. Dawg nation acted like everything would be just kosher. Well, it wasn’t.

Sounds awfully familiar right now doesn’t it Tech “fans”?? The difference is, UGA has righted the ship… Now that you are about to get into strictly Paul Johnson’s recruits, you can not say that after a rough upcoming season you will be able to right your little lifeboat.

Tech, you are in deep crap. Keep eating that fish-fry garbage your Div 1-AA coach is feeding you. I PROMISE you in the next 2 seasons, you will be the ones calling for his head, and the rest of the state of GA and the whole ACC will be sitting back laughing.

“To Hell With Georgia Tech??”… no…. I prefer to just say “GO DAWGS!!!!!”

(enter your weak little arrest or red panties comeback here______________________ )

punch your GF all the Jackets are doing it!

August 5th, 2010
11:25 pm

let me know when you play Heritage High School because that will be a good game.

BuddahChris

August 6th, 2010
12:32 am

Looking forward to a back 2 back ACCC run! The Nez is a Manimal. AA should fill in perfectly. D-fense HAS to be better! And Mutt fans….You have a QB who has never taken a college snap. WTF are you hanging your hat on??? Your schedule is a joke besides FLA(who owns you) and you will still lose 4 or 5 games. Go spew your retarded remarks on the FLA boards

macrotech

August 6th, 2010
12:58 am

Glad to have them ALL back!!! When Ben Anderson went down in the uga game, it opened up a highway for the pup running backs…LOVE that he’s back in the mix!!! GO TECH!!!

macrotech

August 6th, 2010
1:05 am

little honey bee from the hood, yeah….I hear ya! Perhaps, the BIGGEST difference is that we have CPJ!!! THOSE “weak little arrests” weren’t ours…THEY belong to your pups!!!

ALL THE WAY TURNT UP FOR 14 GAMES

August 6th, 2010
1:38 am

you know ugay, who gives a rats @ss what you did two years ago or 30 years ago, shut up who cares. We love our GT team and do not give one iota about your cr@p. You have to talk about whatever past year because you have done nothing but go down hill since 08. Just work on beating Ky or Tn and shut the blank up morons.

ALL THE WAY TURNT UP FOR 14 GAMES

August 6th, 2010
1:39 am

G L E N D A L E BABY

Jack this

August 6th, 2010
1:42 am

NESBITT ROCKS, THE ULTIMATE ROAD WARRIOR, LOOK OUT FOR ANTHONY ALLEN AND RODDY JONES, BUT THE LIST GOES ON…AND MARCUS WRIGHT IS ALWAYS OVERLOOKED BUT THAT LITTLE PACKAGE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE…CAN SEPTEMBER GET HERE ANY FASTER, LET THE TOE MEET LEATHER, GO JACKETS

Jack this

August 6th, 2010
1:46 am

Nesbitt for Heisman, go Jackets!

JukesHokie

August 6th, 2010
3:26 am

Can the 2010 version of the GT football team beat Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech to repeat as Coastal Division Champs, back to back ? I don’t think so !!!

Nesbitt for Heisman

August 6th, 2010
4:54 am

14-0 for Georgia Tech in 2010.
.
The Jackets will crush
……………………. Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

dogcrap

August 6th, 2010
7:55 am

Why doesn’t inbred mutt nation play Alabama?? Because they think they are so bad, but are afraid to play the big boys.

JC

August 6th, 2010
9:25 am

dogcrap- You guys don’t play Bama either????? Although we lost some key players, we are very different than the dogs from 2 years ago. We return an experienced quarterback and the best leader in the conference!! You guys replace a number 1 pick with Joe “freakin” Cox! Nuff said! I am not going to say 14-0 but if you don’t think Tech is in line to compete for the conference title, you know nothing about our league. I do predict an ACC Champ. but I do think we lose a game. I want to win a BCS game! If these things happen, I consider the season a success!

Paddy

August 6th, 2010
9:54 am

dogcrap…the Dawgs play Alabama when the league rotation says we do!

CoolBreeze

August 6th, 2010
10:13 am

There’s so much football to talk about, and that’s what I enjoy. When you guys start with the “Yawl suck,” and the “Oh, yeah, well…” I lose interest. Later….. Go Jackets!

David Green Sells Avon Products

August 6th, 2010
11:22 am

Mine eyes have seen the glory
Of the stomping of the Dogs
We will teach the poor dumb farm boys
They should stick to sloppin’ hogs

DAWGSFAN

August 6th, 2010
11:39 am

THE DAWGS ARE THE BEST TEAM IN THE COUNTY WE WILL WIN THE NATINAL CHAMPINSHIP MARK RICT IS NUMBER ONE GO DAWGS WOOF WOOF WOOF

Stanley in Marietta

August 6th, 2010
11:46 am

dawg fans don’t even realize how stupid they look posting on a tech board. We laugh at how patetic they are.

Zero- the number of time I have visited a uga blog.

They love us for some reason.

DAWGSFAN

August 6th, 2010
11:51 am

STANLY IS STUUPID AND THE DAWGS ARE THE BEST IN THE COUNTY GO DAWGS WOOF WOOF

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August 6th, 2010
12:46 pm

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GTFAN

August 6th, 2010
4:04 pm

dawgs fans tell me this. yall have great recruits yet you guys cant even compete for championships. Tech doesnt get the 5 star recruits, heck not even many 4 star recruits, yet we still get it done. Yall should be more worried about your coaching staff rather than our coaching staff because ours, regardless of last years game against the dogs, is still getting the job done. So stop talking smack and re evaluate yalls love affair with mark richt, because in a couple seasons, yall will be the ones asking for his head.

wesleywhatwhat

August 6th, 2010
4:04 pm

4 of the first 11 comments are from superDawg.

i think he’s secretly a georgia tech fan. welcome aboard. please learn to spell.

DawgsNation

August 6th, 2010
4:06 pm

i actually hate to say this but GTFAN has a point…both teams can decide whose better in november.

GTFAN

August 6th, 2010
4:13 pm

yeah and UGA’s quarterback i nothing in comparison to Nesbitt. i mean, maybe he can pass the longball, but in toughness, speed and determination, Joshua exceeds standards. He defines tech football.

SAINT SIMON

August 9th, 2010
3:40 pm

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!!

UGA 73 – GT 66!!!!!

HAHAHAAHAHHAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAA!!!!!!!!!!

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!