Nesbitt jokes he may go into acting

Photo by Artem Nazarov, courtesy of Georgia Tech's Sports Information Department.

Photo by Artem Nazarov, courtesy of Georgia Tech's Sports Information Department.

Vote for me, my friends.

With those words, Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt’s Heisman campaign has started.

Spoofing the “Most Interesting Man in the World” commercials for Dos Equis beer, Georgia Tech has taken a humorous approach to try and help Nesbitt become the first Yellow Jacket to win the Heisman Trophy, given annually to college football’s best player.

On a website devoted to him, nesbitt4heisman.com, Nesbitt will give a weekly take on a different aspect of football, from punting, to going for it on fourth down. At the end of each video Nesbitt says, “Vote for me, my friends,” instead of the “Stay thirsty, my friends,” made famous by the Equis pitchman.

“I was happy for the whole situation, but overall just happy putting the team out there,” Nesbitt said. “When you look at the site you think of Georgia Tech. It’s great for the program.”

Tech’s entire campaign costs less than $500, or the cost of the tuxedo that was rented for Nesbitt to wear and a photographer to shoot a few photos. Tech coach Paul Johnson said he liked what he saw of the spot.

“It’s catchy. It’s good,” Johnson said. “He’s certainly deserving. Hopefully, he’ll have his best year.”

As for what it will take to win, Johnson answered with his typically dry humor.

“Get more votes than the other guy,” he said. After the laughter died down, Johnson elaborated a bit, saying that a player can’t go out and try to win the Heisman. All he can do is go out and try to win the games.

Nesbitt did a lot of that last year, leading Tech to an 11-3 record and the ACC championship. He passed for 1,701 yards and rushed for 1,037 yards. 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.

The videos for the Heisman campaign were shot on Aug. 4 at Opera, a local nightclub that former Tech quarterback Taylor Bennett works for. They donated a three-hour window of time for the Tech to shoot the spots. A company that handles Tech’s online media guides put together the website for free.

In the videos, Nesbitt wears a tuxedo and football cleats, while teammates, Tech cheerleaders and dance team members, and Buzz mill about in the background, just like beautiful people do in the TV commercials. Former teammates sing Nesbitt’s praises. In one, guard Cord Howard says that Nesbitt once fumbled to see what it felt like, didn’t like it, and snatched the ball back. As Howard’s voice-over plays, there is video playing of Nesbitt famously snatching a fumble away from FSU linebacker Nigel Carr in last season’s 49-44 win in Tallahassee. The scripts were a collaborative effort from Tech’s sports information department and videographers.

The website features photo galleries of Nesbitt, video highlights, story links, downloadable items and a comments section.

Nesbitt said he ad-libbed a little bit during the shoot to personalize it. He said he also may go into acting. “I’m the next Denzel Washington,” he joked.

Nesbitt’s teammates said they have no problem with him getting more attention.

“If he just keeping doing what he does, I think he’ll be fine,” defensive end Jason Peters said. “He’s shown that he has the talent, that he has the presence, that he has the arm. I just hope everything works well for him.”

Florida State is the only other ACC school to start a Heisman campaign this season. They began promoting quarterback Christian Ponder at the ACC media meetings in Greensboro in July by handing out leather notebooks and cards. Last season, Clemson used a life-size poster of running back C.J. Spiller to tout his Heisman chances.

The last Tech player to have a Heisman campaign was Joe Hamilton in 1999. He finished second. The theme was “Hamilton for Heisman.” The campaign included mouse pads, a website, envelopes and mailing labels featuring Hamilton. Mike Finn, formerly Tech’s sports information director who now works in a similar capacity for the ACC, said the entire campaign cost “a couple thousand dollars.” He and former assistant SID Allison George, who now works at Georgia State, put the push together. Interestingly, it was the first time that a CD was used to promote a player.

“I thought it made a difference. It got his name out,” Finn said. “It got a nice bump for him in the preseason with the CD going out. People really took notice of him.”

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

203 comments Add your comment

Nesbitt for Heisman

August 31st, 2010
11:31 am

Nesbitt for Heisman

August 31st, 2010
11:32 am

GO JACKETS !

[...] The Heisman Trophy campaign for Joshua Nesbitt is now live. [...]

rduck

August 31st, 2010
11:41 am

Heisman or not, Nesbitt is one of the most valuable players in the game today. Here’s hoping he has a great season and earns all of the accolades he deserves. Go Jackets..

RomeDawg

August 31st, 2010
11:46 am

Burdell

August 31st, 2010
11:54 am

Love the website…great videos! I am super psyched for the season to start.

Only 4 more days….GO JACKETS!!!

Deanh

August 31st, 2010
11:56 am

No way… He’s not a passing QB, If Ga Tech is 14 points behind, Game over. He’ll get hurt with all the running. He won’t last the season.

Bull

August 31st, 2010
12:02 pm

GO JACKETS!!! I am READY for some football!!!

5150 P.O.A.D.

August 31st, 2010
12:06 pm

Cute video! Let us hope the season goes well and he can get more Heisman talk.

RAID

August 31st, 2010
12:16 pm

Absollute joke…..even on a national scale its being laughed at!

BigTimeTechFan

August 31st, 2010
12:23 pm

Nice site, can’t wait for the updates. I liked the highlight video best, can’t wait for football to start.

UGAX

August 31st, 2010
12:24 pm

This guy is a great football player who has a legitimate shot at the Heisman if he stays healthy and Tech wins the ACC. He means more to his team than any player in America. Just look at his numbers, they speak for themselves. Good Luck, Josh(ua)and GO DAWGS!

hello

August 31st, 2010
12:25 pm

Raid your right UGA is an absolute joke that is laughed at on the national scale.

Mr. Webster

August 31st, 2010
12:26 pm

NESBITT FOR HEISMAN

August 31st, 2010
12:32 pm

love the music by Eminem: Not Afraid Lyrics, “I don’t give a d@mn what you think” gee I wonder who that is directed to, haahahahahahahahahha Athens

blazer

August 31st, 2010
12:37 pm

would love to see it but no way since the powers to be already have their picks already!

joe schmoe

August 31st, 2010
12:40 pm

Pretty funny ad spot… dog fans don’t have to be sour about GT all the time… there is more to life u know.

We_Run_This_Country

August 31st, 2010
12:42 pm

Deanh – I guess when GT was down at the half in 2008 versus the Dawgs that Nesbitt could have given up….that’s what any Dawg would do, but he didn’t….and neither did GT. Down by 16 points, GT scored 26 unanswered points in the 3rd Qtr.

RAID

August 31st, 2010
12:43 pm

MVP on his own team? Probably so. But any chance of the Heisman is nothing more than a feel good story for the Tech fans and a pipe dream…AJ Green has a better chance than Nesbitt especially if he returns punts too.

Tuck Fech

August 31st, 2010
12:45 pm

One of the most valuable playersin the game….. orsimply on your team……

Have you nerds even thought about next year?? YOU. ARE. SCREWED.

CoolBreeze

August 31st, 2010
12:48 pm

UGAX – Thanks for a classy comment. Don’t know why so many people from both sides talk so much trash. What could be cooler than GT and UGA meeting as undefeateds?

Athens, Georgia

August 31st, 2010
12:49 pm

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30-24

August 31st, 2010
12:49 pm

Wait…… you forgot the highlights from the UGA game in this video. Where are the UGA highlights??

POW!!!!!

Fech U 2

August 31st, 2010
12:50 pm

UGA, Classy as always.

CBB1

August 31st, 2010
12:52 pm

I am a UGA alum and fan. I think Nesbitt should have a great chance of winning it. He is tough as nails and a great athlete. I would rather see him win it than a player from TN, FL or AL. He means more to his team right now than any other player in the nation. Not many QB’s can put up the pass/run #’s that he has. Good Luck!

Burdell

August 31st, 2010
12:56 pm

AJ Green and Heisman…I can hear Calvin Johnson laughing all the way from Detroit.

ManUp...

August 31st, 2010
12:56 pm

It’s funny stuff. I hope he has an even better year than in the past. If he and Anthony Allen are both clikcing and having better years that’s awesome. If Roddy Jones is also having a great year then watch out. If that happens AND the defense is better then there’s just going to be no way our offense gets shut down for any length of game (bc CPJ adjusts quick and our O tires out D’s.)

Good, publicity, but be sure to make it COUNT! WIN EVERY GAME!

Baker Leavitt

August 31st, 2010
12:56 pm

good for him, that has to make him feel good. i wish him the best of luck, on the field and off the field…except when he plays my Dawgs but other than that good for him. we ran the option in high school and i always like to see it run well. he does a good job and seems like a nice young man.

ManUp...

August 31st, 2010
12:59 pm

i got all comma-happy there…whoops.

Also, I am loving the nice comments from UGA fans. See, we can hate each other and still be reasonable. Let’s go ahead and meet in November as No.s 1 and 2 with no losses between us. Best stage I could think of for Nesbitt and Greene to fight it out for the Heisman!

Is this a joke?

August 31st, 2010
1:02 pm

kerryb

August 31st, 2010
1:04 pm

Waisting your time and not going to happen but, I guess he is the only player you can get excited about at Tech. QB’s are judge on passing yardage and TD throws not by how many yards they run. They will give it to a RB before they give it to a running QB.

Grammar Nazi

August 31st, 2010
1:07 pm

@kerryb: I stopped reading your comment after the first word. Waisting??

ManUp...

August 31st, 2010
1:12 pm

kerry, he’s one of a hole team of players to be excited about on Tech’s team. Here’s a few more names you’ll know come Novemeber:

Anthony Allen
Roddy Jones (oh, but you learned that one in ‘08 didn’t you?)
Stephen Hill
Peeples, Melton, Wright, Cox, Lyons…etc.

ManUp...

August 31st, 2010
1:13 pm

*whole

I’m failing grammar school today…

kerryb

August 31st, 2010
1:16 pm

Yes, I accidentally misspelled the word wasting but that doesn’t change the fact that the comment is true.

kerryb

August 31st, 2010
1:20 pm

Anthony Allen (who?) , heard of Roddy Jones (just didn’t hear of him last year), Stephen Hill (wasn’t that the guy we decided not to offer?), The other guys I never heard of and don’t think I will either.

kerryb

August 31st, 2010
1:20 pm

Troll, troll, troll your boat…

kerryb

August 31st, 2010
1:21 pm

Have to admit. I don’t WASTE my time watching Tech games on TV much.

kerryb

August 31st, 2010
1:24 pm

I have nothing to do with my life

Saint Dawg>

August 31st, 2010
1:38 pm

Damn hes UGLY……Go Dawgs …!!

If you want to see a Heisman Trophy then make the drive to Athens!

August 31st, 2010
1:40 pm

Only tech fans think he is heisman material. UGA will get a third heisman before tech gets one.

If you want to see a Heisman Trophy then make the drive to Athens!

August 31st, 2010
1:42 pm

If you want to see a Heisman Trophy then make the drive to Athens!

August 31st, 2010
1:42 pm

If you want to see a Heisman Trophy then make the drive to Athens!

August 31st, 2010
1:42 pm

Marietta

August 31st, 2010
1:50 pm

9 will win it

dobearsbare

August 31st, 2010
2:26 pm

It cannot be a good omen that Taylor Bennett had any role in Nesbitt’s Heisman campaign whatsoever.

LMAO

August 31st, 2010
2:28 pm

It’s appropriate that Tech took a humorous approach to promoting Nesbitt’s Hesiman candidacy since the whole thing is a joke–as is their program. At least if he doesn’t make it in the NFL he’ll have his engineering degree to fall back on.

Go Noles

August 31st, 2010
2:28 pm

Josh Nesbitt…

“The most overrated man in college football!”

“Stay delusional Tech fans.”

Hayseed Dixie

August 31st, 2010
2:44 pm

Hey Noles, I think you know what you can do. How’d those last two games against Tech go? Sit down.

Josh Nesbitt has more heart than any criminole currently drawing breath. Past or former.

Gee

August 31st, 2010
2:49 pm

“Anthony Allen (who?) , heard of Roddy Jones (just didn’t hear of him last year), Stephen Hill (wasn’t that the guy we decided not to offer?), The other guys I never heard of and don’t think I will either.”

Please for the love of god name ONE player on UGA other than A.J. Green that has done ANYTHING worth talking about? ……………. Still listening…………..ERRRRR Times Up! Stupid Mutts.