BLACKSBURG, VA. — Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt is likely out for the season with a broken arm, according to coach Paul Johnson.
Nesbitt said he hit his right arm on Davon Morgan’s knee as he was trying to tackle him after an interception near the goal line in the second quarter. Nesbitt said the arm went immediately numb. He was taken to the locker room at halftime and didn’t return to the game, which Georgia Tech lost 28-21. The loss ended any hopes Georgia Tech had of defending its ACC championship.
After the game, with his arm tucked underneath his warm-up top, Nesbitt said he’s going to try to make it back for a bowl game, presuming Tech can win at least one of its three remaining games and qualify for the postseason for the 14th consecutive year. Tech could play in a bowl anywhere from six-eight weeks from now.
“I’m just trying to stay positive, keep positives thoughts going through my mind and just keep the team uplifted,” he said.
It was a bittersweet night for the senior.
With a 71-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, Nesbitt became the most prolific rushing quarterback in ACC history, breaking a record held formerly by Clemson’s Woodrow Dantzler.
Assuming he doesn’t return for the rest of this, his final season, Nesbitt will finish with 2,806 yards rushing and 3,276 yards passing.
Nesbitt said this setback makes his role as one of the team’s leaders even more important. He said his focus now will be on making sure that Tevin Washington, who took over at quarterback, stays focused.
“These guys didn’t come here to be perennial backups,” Johnson said. “They came to play.”
Washington led the team to one game-tying touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, and almost led them to another at the end of the game. However, the rally came up short when Washington was intercepted in the corner of the end zone by Rashad Carmichael.