Nesbitt working out at RB

Former Georgia Tech standout Joshua Nesbitt is working out as a running back at a training facility in Charlotte in an attempt to improve his chances of making it in the NFL, according to Heather Dinich at ESPN.com.

Nesbitt, the most prolific rushing quarterback in ACC history, told Dinich: “I’m just working on, they listed me as a running back, so I’m trying to get better at running back drills and quarterback. I just want to play football. I feel like I have a lot to prove just by being the person that I am, just always being in the shadow of everybody.”

I’m trying to reach Nesbitt to get some more information.

Despite playing in a run-based spread-option offense, Nesbitt passed for 3,276 yards and rushed for 2,806 yards. Nesbitt’s toughness hasn’t been questioned. His accuracy has. He completed just 42.9 percent of his passes, which was one factor that necessitated his working out as a running back.

His senior season ended early after he sustained a broken arm at Virginia Tech in November. He said the arm is healed and he has been cleared by doctors.

There was some speculation after the season that he may try to play safety, which I believe he played in high school at Greene County, to make it to the NFL. It appears he decided to go with something more natural.

Nesbitt is projected as a late draft pick or free agent by ESPN.com, though they don’t break down his skills.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

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Ramblin Man

January 27th, 2011
11:16 am

Good luck to him. I hope he makes it and hated to see him on the sidelines for the better part of his senior year.

juvenal

January 27th, 2011
11:18 am

always said he’d a made a good B-back…thanks, & God bless…….

GStateBen

January 27th, 2011
11:31 am

Way too slow to play RB in the NFL. Good luck to him, seems like a nice kid.

No shot to play in the NFL.

Dooner

January 27th, 2011
11:31 am

Good luck to Josh. He would make a fine running back. Too many of these recruits (McCollum) want to play games and seem to get joy out of making people sweat over where they are going. 2 new cars and a new laptop plus clothes different school logos would seem like something the NCAA should seriously look into.

Alabama Jack

January 27th, 2011
11:38 am

Good luck and God bless, Joshua.

ManUp...

January 27th, 2011
11:40 am

We’re wishing Nesbitt only the best in life. What a great legacy he’ll leave behind at Tech where his grit and willpower seemed to galvanize the Jackets fanbase at the perfect time. Surely some pro team can see his toughness and fighting spirit as huge pluses when his size and shifty, smart (if a little slow down the stretch) running are considered. He’s obviously pretty smart too (adapted from pro-style to spread option QB in one offseason). I think he can fit in somewhere.

Go Nesbitt! Go Jackets!

5150 P.O.A.D.

January 27th, 2011
11:45 am

He dropped out of school.

“Nesbitt didn’t elaborate on his decision to leave school early, but had he stayed, he could have used Georgia Tech’s facilities to train, received free medical treatment on his arm, and gotten full academic support towards earning his degree.”

http://espn.go.com/blog/acc/post/_/id/21483/joshua-nesbitt-leaves-school-to-play-running-back-in-the-nfl

5150 P.O.A.D.

January 27th, 2011
11:46 am

VERY disappointed in Josh.

But thanks for the ACC Title, and the win over UGA 3 long seasons ago. In the end you were obviously just an Athlete, not a Student Athlete.

UGA Athletic Department

January 27th, 2011
11:50 am

When you Nerds are done circle jerking over this kid, go over to the Junkyard Blawg and read about the mountain of money UGA made this past football season.

Aren’t you guys frantically trying to raise a measly $7M for something??

Give us a call. Maybe we can work something out.

ga tech 92

January 27th, 2011
12:02 pm

I see Josh as a Steeler. They are creative with QB/RB talent….also could see him as a safety.

GT Alum

January 27th, 2011
12:04 pm

Disappointed to hear he left school. His quote on the matter was “I felt like I needed to get away and do all that,” he said when reached Wednesday afternoon on his cell phone. “I didn’t want to be distracted.”

I’m hoping he just wants to focus on his NFL opportunities right now and will finish his degree once his NFL career is over. I would think he would be close to graduation. Especially since the odds are against him having a long NFL career, it would be a shame not to complete his degree.

Party at the Moontower

January 27th, 2011
12:10 pm

I think it is safe to say if a UGA player who completed his Senior season dropped out of school before graduation to go train for the NFL (especially a player like Nesbitt who has no shot at the NFL), you would be screaming “IDIOT” at him, and questioning the character of the kids UGA recruits.

But go ahead…. since it’s a Jacket player who did it, praise him and tell him he is making a noble decision to DROP OUT.

Hypocrites.

GT Alum

January 27th, 2011
12:10 pm

ga tech 92,

I would think the Steelers are too stocked right now at QB and RB for Josh to make the team. I don’t know that Josh would provide an upgrade over Dixon or Batch to be one of the QBs on the roster, and Dwyer’s already 4th deep on the Steelers RB depth chart and not able to get much PT.

Preston

January 27th, 2011
12:18 pm

Wonder how many recruits are reading this and wondering why they would ever consider playing for tech. Poor tech fans. I feel sorry for you sometimes because you placed all your hopes and dreams in Paul Johnson’s high school system and your best player in years is having to practice at another position to try and get drafted. How sad is that?

Dooner

January 27th, 2011
12:32 pm

Marvin McCollum Jr’s mentor and personal advisor,Otis Cleveland, said he had discussed Marvin’s options with him and that Marvin had decided a week ago where he really wanted to go. Otis is a GT graduate and owner of Little Mission Engineering and a lifelong friend of McCollum and his family. Otis said Marvin’s choice could be a shock to the football community and that Marvin was interested in a good education like Otis had. I don’t know what to read into that except GT may be in an enviable position. Marvin took today off from school and is spending the remainder of the day with Garnett and Otis.

KBP

January 27th, 2011
12:33 pm

Chan Gailey recruited him to run his pro style offense because he was a dual threat qb in high school. I thought he could have developed into a good collegiate quarterback with a chance as an nfl qb. Dwyer was a tailback in high school. Playing in Paul Johnson’s offense killed Nesbit’s chance as a qb and playing b back turned Dwyer into a 6th round draft choice. Did he look like a 6th rounder after playing one year in Gailey’s pro style offense? Not to me. Both of them should have transferred to schools where their talents were better fits. Anthony Allen is going to struggle to make the transition too. Nothing against Paul Johnson. He is a college coach and very good at what he does. Here is my point, finally, If you have pro potential then go to a school that is going to help you develop for the next level. Take one for the team (play out of position and/or in wrong system) when you do not have pro potential. Nesbitt needed multiple reps at dropping back and reading defenses. Attempting 6 passes a game is not going to get it. Dwyer needed to be 7 yards of the ball as an I- back not 4 yards off the ball with both hands on the ground directly behind the qb. The jury is still out on Bay Bay Thomas. He is big and fast but does not know how to run routes. Again when you are in an offense that attempts on average less than 10 passes per game you are not going to learn how to run routes.

dawgs are sad and preston is sorry

January 27th, 2011
12:36 pm

Hey Preston, sad is the fans of other teams, especially uga, without a life. Post to your own board, which I never read. Don’t feel sorry for Tech fans; I have met only a couple of poor ones.
As for another position – 42.9 % completion rating vs. most prolific rushing quarterback in ACC history. Hmmm, where would you try to earn a living if those were your credentials?
One thing for sure, there is not a more competitive football player than Joshua Nesbitt.

GT Alum

January 27th, 2011
12:38 pm

Preston, it’s a know that option QBs aren’t going to be in high demand in the NFL. Hell, a lot of NFL analysts even question how good these spread QBs will be in the NFL. A lot of analysts didn’t think Tebow would make a good NFL QB and questioned Denver taking him in the 1st round.

The fact that we run an option offense shouldn’t be a detriment to players on the defensive side of the ball. And playing the last 2 years of his career in the option offense didn’t prevent Demaryius Thomas from being drafted in the first round last year. In fact, we had 2 1st round draft picks, a 3rd round draft pick and a 6th round draft pick last year.

Deuce Coupe

January 27th, 2011
12:47 pm

Nesbitt would make a good Atlanta Falcon.

Colin Kaepernick for Heisman

January 27th, 2011
12:47 pm

How Paul Johnson is keeping Vad Lee’s commitment is way beyond me. That kid better look at what is happening to Nesbitt and bale out in a hurry to anywhere where he could develop as a QB. He has NFL talent and it will be a shame to waste it running the high school Wishbone offense.

One Eyed Jack

January 27th, 2011
12:47 pm

Best of luck to an athlete who gave it his all every play. One rugged individual. I will remember that play when he took the ball from a FSU linebacker for a long time. He may lack the NFL RB speed etc stats, but you cannot measure a heart or desire.

Godspeed, Joshua Nesbit.

KBP - kooky bulldog person

January 27th, 2011
12:47 pm

Chan let Joshua throw 2 passes and both were overthrown. One would have been a sure touchdown against uga, went over the receiver’s head 10 feet. Joshua came in as a wildcat every time for Chan.
BayBay gets quite a salary for someone who cannot run routes, and will do just fine.
All these concerns and promises about preparing for the next level; it sure hasn’t helped Paul Hewitt be a winner. Bloom where your planted and be a team player, example – see Coach K at Duke.
If Chan had such great recruiting, a genious defensive coordinator and amazing pro-style offense, why did Chan only win 7 games a year, rain or shine?

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kj

January 27th, 2011
12:55 pm

Nesbitt is a good kid and good player and I wish him the best, even though I’m a UGA fan. Hopefully he can make it in the NFL. Don’t know at what position but he is a heck of an athlete. It would have been nice for him to get a degree, but these kids have to put in a lot of specialized training leading up to the combine and draft and I am thinking that’s what he has done in order to learn a new postion and improve his status. Best wishes to Josh.

4 ncs are better than 1

January 27th, 2011
1:03 pm

If Isiah Crowell wants to win, he better look toward Auburn or Alabama. Don’t waste your talent playing for inept coaches and a head coach who will be fired next year. It is a proven fact Uga wastes more talent than any other college program in the country.

GTBob

January 27th, 2011
1:06 pm

You would think just based on his toughness, athleticism, and leadership experience that there would be some place for him in the NFL.

Gatorman

January 27th, 2011
1:09 pm

The same story repeated many times every year, a player that has come to the end of their college career only to realize they may not be able to make it in the pros. I hope Nesbitt can make the transition, but what if he can’t, did he get his degree, did he waste 22 years of his life. If the folks that whisper in these kids ears that an education is not important, be a professional athlete would disappear maybe more of the young men would have a chance in life.

juvenal

January 27th, 2011
1:11 pm

all that money bought 6-7?we got that too, for a lot less……..

I'm Just Saying

January 27th, 2011
1:13 pm

UGA Athletic Department – You will need it…genius…lawyers aint cheap amd I suspect defense of the Fulmer Cup is a prioiry over there. Once a thug program, always a thug program.

GTGreg

January 27th, 2011
1:15 pm

Win-win for Josh. Strike while the iron is hot, and take your shot at the NFL now. Get some money, and if and when that possibility is exhausted, come back, finish the few courses you need for your degree, and utilize your Tech education. I would do the same thing if I was in his position, and I think anyone that sits back and considers their options would do the same. The nard-lickers and fake-GT fans on here that are bashing him are either morons or homers. Thanks for the memories, Josh!

Lindsey Snot

January 27th, 2011
1:28 pm

GstateBen…dude, stay in your little school and leave the decisions to the people with the money.

Brock

January 27th, 2011
1:31 pm

for all you guys critizing Joshua for this or that….what facilities are you training at to get you to the NFL? At least he’s in the race. How close did you ever come to even sniffing a chance? What advise is your agent giving you?

You guys are simply the rednecks drinking beer sitting in the stands.

Lindsey Snot

January 27th, 2011
1:31 pm

@ Colin Kaepernick for Heisman

That’’s BAIL not BALE. Bale is what is done to hay, which is what you’re full of…among other things.
If anyone in Nesbitt’s situation can make it he will…he’s got the drive and the guts and the strength. The thug-ugaggers never stopped him.

Colin Kaepernick for Heisman

January 27th, 2011
1:36 pm

bale is what you do when the boat is filling up with water and sinking, numbnuts…

KBP

January 27th, 2011
1:38 pm

Yes I am a Dawg fan and yes I root for Tech when they are not playing my Dawgs. Whoever you are that responded to me, bad passes from time to time do not make you a bad qb. I would doubt Gailey gave up on Nesbit because of two bad passes.

I hope Bay Bay succeeds. His physical ability got him to the NFL. Route running will keep him there. He’s much more physically gifted than AJ Green but Green is the better route runner and that will be the difference in being drafted in the top 10 and bottom 10 of the first round.

Glad you mentioned Hewitt. It is hard to win a championship with one and done players. Everything has to work perfectly, mainly you have to have an established team and the one and done player puts you over the top. Can you name a Coach who has done it other than Boeheim at Syracuse with Carmelo Anthony? Calipari had Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose and John Wall in successive years and did not win Nat’l Title.

If any football coach comes to Tech and consistently wins 9 games or more per year, then give him a lifetime contract. I am not sure Tech will be able to admit enough of the NFL caliber athletes to consistently win 9-10 games per year. Most of the programs that consistently win big put a lot of kids in the NFL because their academic standards are not as high as Techs, Dukes, Vanderbilt. Let’s not fool ourselves about Standford’s recent football success. They are not a major player on a consistent basis in footabll and they have had great coaches from Bill Walsh on.

Dooner

January 27th, 2011
1:57 pm

Otis Cleveland said Marvin was interested in getting his education and would not be tempted to go pro after a couple of years. Garnett said you never can tell though if the money is right. Otis and Garnett were taking Marvin to Carter’s Tattoo Parlor for him to get a tattoo of the school he will attend. Tatto artist Charles Garrett would not disclose what the tattoo was but said Marvin would show it tommorrow instead of putting on caps. Hayes Corner is expecting the largest crowd in their history.

gt45

January 27th, 2011
1:57 pm

Goodluck, Joshua. You’ll always be Josh to me, though! Show’em what you got. By the way, Josh was one of the fastest players on the team.

Daniel

January 27th, 2011
2:05 pm

I suggest you review your homework, Colin.

Not Ridin' the M-Train

January 27th, 2011
2:23 pm

Recruits all over, take note!

Further proof that playing for CPJ gives players multiple OPTIONS!

When you come to Tech to ball, you leave with a degree from a fine institution AND amazing skills for multiple positions in the NFL!

Tallcarl

January 27th, 2011
2:33 pm

Let me qualify that first I am a die hard Ga. Bulldog Alum but loved the way Nesbitt played the game and the leadership and grit he displayed every game. I would love for him to be drafted by the Falcon as a running back and all around Athlete. He is a true football player and a winner in my book. Good luck to him although I wish he would have finished his degree at Tech.

Shug

January 27th, 2011
2:34 pm

Joshua ought to forget about the NFL and go parlay that GT degree (which, I’ve heard, is worth something) into something meaningful.

GT

January 27th, 2011
3:37 pm

Good luck Nesbitt! You’re one a heck of an athlete… no doubt you’ll make it in the pros!

Dense

January 27th, 2011
6:38 pm

UGA Athletic Department,

We already raised that 7M and it wasn’t difficult. We had 1 donor give 3.5million of his own money for an indoor football facility. Money is not an issue. Donors will give when the time is right. Why don’t you just worry about paying those bonds down at Clark County Jail without getting in trouble with the NCAA. Don’t you think it’s funny that the kid didn’t have the money for the ticket but yet he had the money to post bail…hmmm. What’s your next comment gonna be? CPJ is a hypocrite? UGA fans are so dense they don’t even know the difference between hypocrisy and a difference of policy.

UGA Fans Are So Stupid It's Criminal.

January 27th, 2011
11:49 pm

The highest profile mutt in the NFL is Hines Ward (also consistently voted dirtiest by other NFL players. Coincidence?)

I don’t remember him being stuck in any one position.

Oh, and our “best player in years” was Calvin Johnson, actually. Still better than any mutt currently drawing breath.

Of course arguing with mutt fans is like arguing with women: logic and facts are pretty much useless.

pcb mike

January 28th, 2011
2:42 am

Preston, it is always good to hear from the 2nd best Bulldogs in the SEC.

Nerds Are So Stupid It's Criminal

January 28th, 2011
1:55 pm

“Of course arguing with mutt fans is like arguing with women: logic and facts are pretty much useless.”

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa this nerd will be pissed when he finds “his woman” with a real man…

GDBurdell

January 28th, 2011
2:02 pm

Hey 5150POAD burn any crosses lately?

MiamiJacket

January 28th, 2011
2:32 pm

Gailey will definitely use a late round pick on Nesbitt. Get your winter gear ready Josh because you’re heading to Buffalo. You’ll proablay have a good shot to play up there too. I’d like to see some Wildact with Nesbitt taking the snap and Spiller in the backfield.

RamblinRecluseRoad

January 28th, 2011
7:08 pm

As a Tech grad of ‘73, I believe Nez per se would make an all around competitive RB or CUBE NFL player. MiamiJacket sounds right.

gt4ever

January 28th, 2011
9:19 pm

I think Nesbitt is a hell of a football player. I wish him all the luck, hope he makes the next leap. I just think it’s pretty pathetic that we have a coach that insists that we run this garbage offense…. We are losing in the recruiting battle, and it will only get worse….. Wow, what a pathetic joke we have become in football….