Georgia Tech will unveil its Heisman Trophy campaign for quarterback Joshua Nesbitt on Tuesday.
Watch for a website, www.nesbitt4heisman.com, to go live by 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
Nesbitt, a 6-foot-1, 217-pound senior, passed for 1,701 yards and rushed for 1,037 yards last season to lead the Yellow Jackets to the ACC championship. He is considered an outside contender for the award. Alabama running back Mark Ingram, who won the award last season, is the favorite to win it again this season. The last quarterback from an option team to win the Heisman was Nebraska’s Eric Crouch in 2001.
Though the trophy is named after Tech’s first coach, John Heisman, who went 102-29-7 from 1904-19, no Yellow Jacket has ever won college football’s most prestigious trophy, given annually to the sport’s best player.
With 2,079 yards in three seasons, Nesbitt has already rushed for more yards than any quarterback in Tech’s history and is just the second to rush and pass for more than 1,000 yards in a season. A Greene County High School product, Nesbitt needs 692 yards to become the most prolific rushing quarterback in ACC history.
Tech in the Heisman Trophy voting
2006: Calvin Johnson, WR 10th
1999: Joe Hamilton, QB 2nd
1978: Eddie Lee Ivery, TB 8th
1966: Lenny Snow, TB 14th
1963: Billy Lothridge, QB 2nd
1962: Billy Lothridge, QB 8th
1943: Eddie Prokop, HB 5th
1942: Clint Castleberry, HB 3rd