Comparing Nesbitt to past Heisman winners

Later today, Georgia Tech will unveil its Heisman Trophy push for quarterback Joshua Nesbitt.

I’ve seen a glimpse of what they are going to do. It’s pretty clever.

But, when thinking about Nesbitt and his chances of winning college football’s most prestigious trophy, I thought it might be interesting to look at the stats of the past few quarterbacks to win, and see how Nesbitt compares.

Keep in mind that all of these stats will include bowl games. The trophy is awarded before the bowl games are played.

First, we will start with Nesbitt last season:

Category   Nesbitt   Bradford (2008)     Tebow (2007)    Smith (2006)

Rushing      1,037              47                                       895                        204

Rush TD         18                5                                          23                             1

Passing        1,701          4,720                                    3,286                     2,542

Pass TD           10              50                                         32                            30

Total yards   2738          4767                                     4181                       2,746

Total TD           28             55                                        65                             31

Category   Leinart (2004)   White (2003)     Palmer (2002)    Crouch (2001)

Rushing        (.9)                         (150)                                  122                        1,115

Rush TD          3                                1                                        4                            18

Passing         3,332                        3,846                               3,942                       1,510

Pass TD          33                              40                                      33                             7

Total yards   3,331                        3,696                                 4,064                      2,625

Total TD           36                              41                                       37                          25

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Coolest in the Clutch

August 31st, 2010
6:14 am

Nesbitt for Heisman
paid off,

Coolest in the Clutch

August 31st, 2010
6:15 am

By the way,
………………..FIRST !

Except for Tim Couch...

August 31st, 2010
6:27 am

…there really is no comparison…Joshua is not even close…

Nesbitt for Heisman

August 31st, 2010
6:28 am

. . . . 14-0 in 2010 !


August 31st, 2010
6:32 am

Learn how to spell Crouch.

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August 31st, 2010
6:45 am

I believe that would be Eric Crouch from Nebraska, not Tim Couch who the Cleveland Browns wasted a number 1 overall pick on. Right?

Hey, Nebraska...

August 31st, 2010
6:45 am

…who are you correcting? It is Couch, not Crouch, as Doug wrote; but, then, Doug did go to UGA…

Thanks, Jason...

August 31st, 2010
6:48 am

…you are absolutely correct – it IS Eric Crouch who won; but, then again, Doug did go to UGA, so getting his facts straight is difficult…Tim Couch went to KY…


August 31st, 2010
6:54 am

Nesbitt for the Heisman– Now that is Funny!

GT Rich

August 31st, 2010
6:56 am

Can you add in the win/loss records (minus bowl game)? Nesbitt’s stats are only comparable to Crouch and Smith. Seems it would take a Tebow-like year to carry any votes, which I don’t see happening.


August 31st, 2010
7:19 am

Nesbitt is a winner, a leader, and a good man. What else could you ask for in a player?Unlike the players for the other Ga. team, he is a gentleman, and has always been . He was raised in woofer country, and was a 4 star recruit, but made his pick to stay out of the constant circle of trouble that follows that other team. Congrats Joshua on a great career. Your parents, neighbors and friends are proud of you. Oh, I forgot, your a great football player….

GT Alum

August 31st, 2010
7:32 am

Remember that no one expected him to win last year with those numbers. He won’t win this year with those numbers. It is the improvement that is expected for him to have a chance at this award. As far as leadership goes, he is more important to his team than Tebow. As far as offensive production, he is the most important player for Tech. He needs 1000 yards rushing and 2000+ passing to have a chance at this. And more than 1 loss probably won’t be enough because it is an up hill battle for players not in the conversation from day 1.


August 31st, 2010
7:38 am

Better numbers than crouch at neb. But I don’t see them giving a qb who runs this offense the heisman because there will always be some qb from a pro style offense or spread who throws for an insane amount of yards and td’s and that’s what wins it.

Coolest in the Clutch

August 31st, 2010
7:39 am

My bad, Doug...

August 31st, 2010
7:45 am

…you never said “Tim” Crouch – so your UGA record for journalism is still intact and I have egg on my fingers…


August 31st, 2010
7:48 am

If 100 yards is a benchmark game for rushing, and 300 yards is a benchmark game for passing, you can somewhat compare passing QB’s with rushing QB’s. If Josh’s 1,037 rushing yards “equal” 3,111 passing yards, then his production is very similar to Bradford in 2008.


August 31st, 2010
8:08 am

You have got to be kidding yourselves.

James T. Kirk

August 31st, 2010
8:14 am

Nezbitt is a shoo-in for the Highsman. How could he not win it? Dwyer was screwed last year and should have gotten it. Hopefully the voters are not impaired this year and allow us to bring home our 18th Highsman champion.

Coach Paul's Johnson

August 31st, 2010
8:18 am

Given the fact that teams shut down CPJ’s offense in a bowl game, you won’t have to worry about adding any gaudy stats from post-season play.

That being said LMAO at the notion of Joshua 4 Heisman!


August 31st, 2010
8:23 am

i know a lot of schools have been doing this for years, but it is a crying shame div 1 football has come to this advertising thing for their athletes..this is one the several reasons i have started following div 11 and 111 teams more and more.

Paulie J

August 31st, 2010
8:25 am

Thanks for starting my day off with a big belly laugh. Josh for Heisman indeed, now that’s funny right there, I don’t care who you are.



August 31st, 2010
8:29 am

Coach Johnson does something other schools do not do before the bowl games. He shuts down practice for finals. Taht is a FACT that others fail to mention with our bowl games the last 2 years. I figure if he had a national title on the line they may practice through finals but who knows. As a Tech alum, finals there are no joke. So when we got something to play for, CPJ may use those days for practice as well. We used to have the best bowl record before Gailey got here. But that’s cool. Would rather the players get better grades then win a couple more bowl games. Easier for them to stay in the program.

Did you guys see where Gailey was putting in a “wildcat” for the Bills. That’s funny. Our current coach could treach that better than anyone out there. Who says option football is dead. Nesbitt will get a chance at quarterback with that resurfacing.

Too Easy

August 31st, 2010
8:48 am

If they add 4 cokes and 4 dogs to that ad campaign, could get more sportswriters’ votes.

4 tix 4 hotdogs 4 cokes

August 31st, 2010
8:50 am

The main difference between Nesbitt and former Heisman winners is that the latter will have won a Heisman in their lifetime.

Savannah Jacket

August 31st, 2010
8:52 am

With the O-Line getting Bigger Stronger and Faster, Joshua will do great things this year. When he rushes for 1000 yds and passes for 2400 yds, he will be the first ever 3000/5000 qb in D-I history. Throw in 30+ wins with another good season and he will be a lock for the top 3. See you in NYC in December!!!

UGA Recruits

August 31st, 2010
8:54 am

5 – Stars
4 – Arrests
3 – DUI’s
2 – Sexual Batteries
1 – Pair of Red Panties
0 – Championships!!!!

4 tix 4 hotdogs 4 cokes

August 31st, 2010
8:56 am

4 – Tix
4 – Hotdogs
4 – Cokes


August 31st, 2010
9:02 am

I wish the pitch was counted in the QB totals in much the same way that the pass is. The pitch requires accuracy and timing (not to mention split second decision making in response to the defense) and is not easy to execute. In the TO offense, the QB should get some credit for those yards.


August 31st, 2010
9:06 am

I’m also tired of this whole “when defenses have enough time to prepare” argument. In our two bowl games, we have run into teams that have controlled the line of scrimmage with bigger, better athletes. NO OFFENSE CAN OVERCOME THAT!!! (for an example: see UGA vs. UF the last two years).

K with a K

August 31st, 2010
9:13 am

444- is the total yards rushing GT will have against mutts this year.


August 31st, 2010
9:28 am

Who cares – is the SC State game sold out!!

Hey, UGA Recruits...

August 31st, 2010
9:28 am

…your countdown is on target, but at least the meth labs are not next door to the campus…


August 31st, 2010
9:34 am

we need some serious air attack this season.

Coolest in the Clutch

August 31st, 2010
9:35 am

. LIVE @ 2:00 p.m. today !


August 31st, 2010
9:35 am

Is that really .9 yard rushing for Leinart in 2004. That’s crazy


August 31st, 2010
9:36 am

Maybe Ant Allen will be in the Heisman mix by mid season?
That would be nice

Hotel Shreveport

August 31st, 2010
9:39 am

1. Advocare 100 pills
2. 6-7 Texas A&M
3. Shreveport, Louisiana
4. Armpit of the South

Washaun Ealey

August 31st, 2010
9:42 am

we Hit and Run
this State !

Kentucky Wildcat

August 31st, 2010
9:43 am

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Kentucky Wildcat

August 31st, 2010
9:44 am

uga is WEAK !


August 31st, 2010
9:52 am

Eric Crouch ran a triple option offense and Nesbitt outperformed him in every category, yet its a joke to even consider Nesbitt? Really? I can only think its because they different letters on the side of their helmets.


August 31st, 2010
9:56 am

I feel this is a big mistake. I have never approved of teams getting involved in the Heisman advertising campaigns.

If GT goes 13 – 0 before the Heismann vote he will get some attention.
If the team losses one game he is out.


August 31st, 2010
9:58 am

Tebow was Florida’s leading rusher in 2007 and STILL passed for 3200 yards. Plus he was only 100 yards behind Nesbitt’s rushing total from last year. This is what it takes to win a Heisman Techies. You are in freaking la la land if you think Nesbitt even has a prayer at this thing. He couldn’t throw for 3200 yards if he attempted 50 passes a game. He’d only complete a little over 20 of them and most of those would be screens or dink and dunk weak crap. Hardly Heisman material Techies.

He should have went to UGA. He could have possibly made some decent bank in the NFL as a safety. Oh well, at least he’s got that prestigous “management” degree to fall back on, for whatever that’s worth. Its hard to imagine what he could manage given the fact that he has a hard time stringing a sentence together.

Its unfortunate that I had to go there because I actually like Nesbitt, I just hate his stuck up sore loser fans.

Good day.


August 31st, 2010
10:00 am


I think you have an excellent point about the pitch. While I don’t think we, as Georgia Tech fans, should try to number crunch and tweak to try to make Nesbitt seem on par with past Heisman winners, I do think that it should be noted that a “pitch” is not the same thing as a “handoff” despite being recorded exactly the same statistically. It does require a lot of skill and decision making under duress, much like a pass. Sure other teams will do a sweep or something like that where the QB pitches the ball to the RB, but that is well behind the line and is usually done without any defenders anywhere near the QB, RB or ball. And I wonder how many pitches are close to being forward passes over the course of the season that are never recorded as such.

Definitely interesting to consider.

My personal opinion of Joshua Nesbitt’s chances to win the Heisman is that Georgia Tech as a team will have to do something very special to get him in the conversation…like be undefeated when the voting happens. I think his progression as a QB will be such that he will surpass his passing stats from last season, but might rush for fewer yards. I think he’ll still record as many rushing TD’s because he will handle the ball in the red zone a lot. I think he will manage to spread the ball around more passing and by doing so can get more passing TD’s.

If GT can have a special season with Nesbitt at the helm, he’ll get into the conversation and that’s all you could ask.

Coolest in the Clutch

August 31st, 2010
10:02 am

Georgia Tech will be UNDEFEATED !


August 31st, 2010
10:09 am

This is disappointing. Tech just can’t handle prosperity.
Now we have to put up with a major distraction for the season
by touting Nesbitt for the Heisman. We need to talk about a
TEAM effort, not glory for one player. If Nesbitt should
happen to win the Heisman, that would be great, but I dread
having to hear about it all season, and I’m embarrassed for
the rest of the team, and afraid that this will reduce the
team’s enthusiasm, and cost games. I hope Johnson is not
part of this. It’s probably our publicity-minded AD, RAD-
what’s-his-name, who also hurts the team by scheduling night
games in November. This is a big bummer to inflict on Tech’s
season. We need a new AD.

Lost Doggies

August 31st, 2010
10:21 am

Calvin – Dude you need to go back to tbe UGA blog with your buddies and talke about AJ or whatever other topics y’all talk about. D-Rad is the best AD in the ACC and has managed to turn Tech Sports around as a whole (or hole as you might say). Joshua deserves any and all accolades that we receives, the guy is excelling in a system that he was not even brought in to run. He plays with heart and great athletic ability on every down. The truth is he probably won’t win this award but if he stays healthy there is no doubt he will be the MVP of the season and many other awards will come with that.

Go Jackets!!!!


August 31st, 2010
10:26 am

You know, I opened up the sports section to the AJC and saw the funniest story I have ever seen. Made me laugh so hard I fell out of my chair. Maybe you saw it. It was titled,” Tech starting Nesbit for Heisman Campaign”. It was so funny that I almost thought it was a joke until I saw that they were serious. No chance.

Hotel Shreveport Intelligence

August 31st, 2010
10:43 am

welcome to 2010.
NESBITT will win the Heisman.