With Joshua Nesbitt out for the remainder of the regular season after breaking his right arm in Thursday’s 28-21 loss to Virginia Tech, the Yellow Jackets will likely turn to Tevin Washington.
A redshirt sophomore, Washington had seen mostly mop-up duty in the previous two seasons before he was unexpectedly inserted into Tech’s lineup in the second quarter against the Hokies.
After starting slowly, he eventually led the Yellow Jackets to a game-tying touchdown, and moved them down the field again on their last possession to within yards of another touchdown. He finished with 45 yards rushing and 80 yards passing on just two completions.
“I tried to keep the team in it,” he said.
No one expects Washington to be Nesbitt, who led the Yellow Jackets to the conference title last season and became the most prolific rushing quarterback in ACC history on Thursday. But Washington said there are some similarities: they are both hard workers and will do whatever it takes to win.
“I think Tevin came in and did a great job tonight,” Nesbitt said. “I’ve got to let him know he did a great job.”
Including Nesbitt, Washington will get help from his teammates and a senior group that said they are going to try to do even more to help the team win. In high school in Wetumpka, Ala., Washington posted career marks of 5,042 yards passing, 2,097 yards rushing, 42 passing touchdowns and 25 rushing TDs.
Washington is soft spoken, so much so that the players had a hard time hearing him in the huddle and at the line on Thursday in noisy cauldron of Lane Stadium. Washington said he played without a mouthguard in the second half because he wanted to make sure he could be heard.
“Tevin knows what to do,” B-back Anthony Allen said. “He didn’t come here to be a backup. He came here to play ball.”
Tech could also use redshirt freshman David Sims, who has also spot duty this season. Another Tech backup, Jordan Luallen, transferred to Cincinnati just before the season.