Tech’s spring just turned into open tryouts at quarterback

Georgia Tech won't have either Josh Nesbitt or Jaybo Shaw available to them this spring. One is hurt, the other is transferring.  (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

Tech's spring update: No Josh Nesbitt (hurt) or Jaybo Shaw (transferring). (Johnny Crawford/AJC)

We all found out how important a college team’s spring football game was two seasons ago when Georgia Tech had 14 fumbles and a muffed snap on a field goal and went on to have pretty remarkable first season anyway under coach Paul Johnson. In other words, it’s not that important.

But this spring just took on added interest for the Yellow Jackets. Quarterback Josh Nesbitt is out after ankle surgery. And now it appears his backup, Jaybo Shaw, will be out, period.

Although there is no confirmation yet from Georgia Tech, according to our Doug Roberson, all indications are that Shaw, presumably tired of mostly sitting and watching behind Nesbitt, is going to transfer to Georgia Southern. In Statesboro, he can start and run the same option offense for former Tech assistant Jeff Monken.

Even if this isn’t perceived as a huge deal for Georgia Tech,  it’s no minor concern, either. A few reasons why:

♦ Quarterbacks take a beating in the option offense. Nesbitt’s a tough kid and even he got beat up last season. There’s no guarantee he’ll make it through 12 to 14 games next season. The fact he’s coming off surgery just adds to that. (I know the school labeled the surgery “minor.” But I’ve got this thing about calling any ankle surgery minor when it comes to an athlete, let alone a 215-pound option quarterback playing Division I football.)

♦ Even Nesbitt will tell you it took a while for him to get a feel for this offense. Shaw obviously wasn’t at Nesbitt’s skill level. But he could run the offense and figured to get a bulk of the work this spring, which would have better prepared him for potentially more playing time next season.

♦ The three quarterbacks behind Nesbitt are Tevin Washington, Jordan Luallen and David Sims. Of those three, only Washington took snaps as a redshirt freshman. He went 1-for-1 against Jacksonville State. (It was a 21-yard pass, giving him an efficiency rating of 276.4.)

So how big of a concern do you think this is?

Photos from AJC.com: Jaybo Shaw’s QB career at Ga. Tech

240 comments Add your comment

Halberstram

February 24th, 2010
1:06 pm

Definitely interesting, wonder how snaps will be structured.

Glacial Speed

February 24th, 2010
1:13 pm

Welcome to the real GSU Jaybo.

buzz is wiser

February 24th, 2010
1:13 pm

NOt sure if its a big deal, there are still 3 QB’s behind Nesbitt. Personally I felt that Washington was better suited for the job, although I did not see him everyday in practice. Best of luck to Jaybo if he is going to Ga. Southern. But what about the QBs already on the roster there? Is he quaranteed to start?

DawginLex

February 24th, 2010
1:14 pm

Nesbitt will play in the fall so the #1 spot is ok. Jaybo was never someone who could take the pounding. Don’t know if GSU is a better fit.

2010 is somewhat of a rebuilding year on the flats anyway. 8-4 would be a success.

F-105 Thunderchief

February 24th, 2010
1:14 pm

Dan

February 24th, 2010
1:15 pm

It’s a big deal. The starting QB will miss snaps in our offense – or any spread option offense (Tebow got banged up in 2007, Pat White was hurt a lot, etc.).

The Reshad Jones pick he had against us this year probably doesn’t happen if Nesbitt is in at the time because he has a much better arm than Jaybo. Put the ball two yards further and it’s not a pick; it’s a touchdown for Bay Bay. The point being that we need a competent backup so there isn’t much of a dropoff in offensive production.

David

February 24th, 2010
1:15 pm

Two words: Jordan Luallen 4* QB that RS last year. Kid is a stud and will start once Josh leaves.

In CPJ We Trust

February 24th, 2010
1:16 pm

Not worried at all. Good luck to Jaybo and CJM in Statesboro.

Sleeze

February 24th, 2010
1:16 pm

Jeff, this just tells me that you listen to Chuck & Chernoff on 680 The Fan. Chuck just announced Jaybo’s leaving about 5 minutes before you wrote this little “gem”.

SugarfreeSailor

February 24th, 2010
1:16 pm

Nesbitt is going to get healthy, Washington is going to do well, Jaybo is going to get laid.

F-105 Thunderchief

February 24th, 2010
1:17 pm

As a Ga. Southern alum, who also likes Tech, well, I’m happy and not. How realistic is Shaw, really? Nesbitt obviously is the better QB, but Johnson obviously trusts Shaw enough to run him out there. Kind of an odd move, really.

SugarfreeSailor

February 24th, 2010
1:19 pm

Yeah! Lunchboxes to take to the HWY 75 construction site! Well done, pups….

Dan

February 24th, 2010
1:20 pm

David, I think Luallen will start in 2011 too. But I would not write off David Sims just yet.

Weird thing about Luallen is that he’s a big kid for this offense. He’s listed at 6′4 (which means he’s probably about 6′1). That’s still bigger than I would expect for our high school offense (that finished 11th nationally in scoring).

gdawginkalamazoo

February 24th, 2010
1:23 pm

You guys ought to get Tim Tebow’s mom to play QB for you. She looked like one tough bird on that Super Bowl commercial.

BubbaDawgMan

February 24th, 2010
1:25 pm

When’s Tech gonna start playin “Big Boy” Football and use its Quarterback to “throw” the Football more than 3 times / Game? ACC Champs = Outside Looking in on BCS…

Gmoney

February 24th, 2010
1:25 pm

Sleeze 790 had this much earlier.

Dan

February 24th, 2010
1:26 pm

If his mom can rush for 1,000 yards and throw for 2,000 yards, please sign her up.

Dan

February 24th, 2010
1:27 pm

BubbaDawgMan, I would think UGA fans would agree that if you can run it, why throw it. Y’all did that to us this year. I mean, if you’re averaging seven yards a carry, why ever throw it?

Cosmo

February 24th, 2010
1:28 pm

As an Eagle, that is very exciting and will be a huge boost to the program. As a Yellow Jacket, I am concerned for this year only if Nesbitt is unable to go. We have some softees on the schedule so hopefully the backup could get some good reps and be ready. Go Eagles! Go Jackets!

ATLdawg, ya dig?

February 24th, 2010
1:28 pm

He should just work hard, learn the system, and wait his turn to excel his senior year like Joe Cox this past year at UGA. Kids these days don’t have any patience.

What do GT and UG fans have in common?

February 24th, 2010
1:29 pm

As BubbaDawgMan demonstrates, they both love talking GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKET FOOTBALL in mid-February.

cantondawg

February 24th, 2010
1:29 pm

As an Eagle alum, i am excited to see Jaybo Shaw going to GSU. I’m sure that he will be the starter because the other quarterbacks on the roster were recruited for a passing offense. To get him at quarterback will speed up the transition period for Monken. However, i’m not sure it was a wise decision for Shaw. I think he would have got alot of playing time this year at Tech.

Tech75

February 24th, 2010
1:29 pm

This is all about playing time.

Shaw is not a pro prospect, never was. So, he just wants to play, and he’s read the writing on the wall; he obviously doesn’t think he can win the job and get any significant PT.

I appreciate his contributions, and I wish him well.

Lance Link, Secret Chimp

February 24th, 2010
1:30 pm

30 – 24 BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Suck it St. Simons

KeithB

February 24th, 2010
1:30 pm

I can’t blame Jaybo for his decision. Although, as an option QB, college is pretty much it unless you are great and can switch to running back at the next level. I think education wise, he would have been wise just to stick it out at Tech. All players want to play too. Oh well. I am anxious to see what this Days kid has to offer! Nothing but good luck to Jaybo.

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docsbro

February 24th, 2010
1:31 pm

Maybe he listens to 790 since Wolverton announced this an hour ago at the top of their show.

I am not too worried about this either I think he was going to get passed by on the depth chart with a quickness. TW is a better athlete and better overall fit and JL is a stud and definately the future.

SLY TOWN

February 24th, 2010
1:33 pm

Get Your Popcorn ready GSU!!! Time to get GSU back to winning

SCbee

February 24th, 2010
1:38 pm

Jaybo did put on a little weight this year, but his on-field decision making didn’t improve; as regards the Reshad Jones pick, JS threw the ball right to him, Jones just watched his eyes. It appeared to be a busted play or JS just made the call on his own. He looked pretty bad in that whole series of downs. I was disappointed that he didn’t engineer at least a first down. that andthe fact that it looked as if JS called a couple of his own plays probably had him ridin’ the pine. I wish Jabo all the best…he’s a good kid, and I can’t blame him for wanting to play badly enough to move. He’ll make GSU a better team.

And gdawginkal, Tebow’s mom would by far suit you leg humpers better than us…except that, on the whole team, she’d be the only one that hadn’t been in jail yet.

kennyh

February 24th, 2010
1:38 pm

good luck jaybo! thanks for all your hard work!!

Yep

February 24th, 2010
1:39 pm

Yawwwwnnnnn…honeymoon’s over Tech. Back to reality next year.

KeithB

February 24th, 2010
1:39 pm

BubbaDawgMan

February 24th, 2010
1:25 pm
When’s Tech gonna start playin “Big Boy” Football and use its Quarterback to “throw” the Football more than 3 times / Game? ACC Champs = Outside Looking in on BCS…

5th in the SEC = Shreveport
Last time I checked, the Orange Bowl is a BCS game (granted, not the NC). 2 SEC teams will not go unbeaten this upcoming season, and an SEC team will not be in the NC, especially not UGA (8-4).

Otis Nixon

February 24th, 2010
1:42 pm

Gimme a bump and i’ll run that option spread high school attack yo!!!

OOPS!

February 24th, 2010
1:43 pm

LET THE BIG DAWG EAT!

February 24th, 2010
1:43 pm

Doesn’t really matter. Any high school kid can run a high school offense.

junebaby

February 24th, 2010
1:44 pm

“SGT. SHULTZ”…, isn’t it about time for another mike vick article? it’s been about a week or two since the last one!

Mike L.

February 24th, 2010
1:44 pm

I have seen Jaybo play, and he is solid, but he may not be the starter at GSU. Its been a few years since GSU ran the triple option, but he is not on par with the really great option QB’s that GSU has had over the years. I recall a QB from UGA transfering to GSU when UGA was moving to a passing offense. Joe something or other. He was highly recruited at UGA as a running QB. He never started for Georgia Southern.
I don’t know what Georgia Southern has since they are just now moving back to the triple option, but if they get the quality otion QBs they used to, Jaybo is on the bench.

Clay

February 24th, 2010
1:44 pm

This is a huge blow to Ga Tech. Losing someone with that much practice time is going to hurt.

Paul Johnson really messed this Shaw kid up, in my opinion. Shaw was committed to MTSU and Johnson stole him away. Instead of being in his 3rd year at MTSU and getting some playing time in Division I football, he’s been riding the pine and now is going to play some I-AA ball. Way to go, CPJ…

dogs

February 24th, 2010
1:45 pm

SLY TOWN

February 24th, 2010
1:45 pm

DINGUS DINGUS DINGUS DINGUS

reservoirDAWG

February 24th, 2010
1:45 pm

As Tech75 points out, Shaw is not a pro prospect. My question is why throw away a free education from GT to go to GSU?

Lance Link, Secret Chimp

February 24th, 2010
1:47 pm

bobby dude

February 24th, 2010
1:52 pm

who is paul’s johnson?

Will the real GSU please stand up

February 24th, 2010
1:52 pm

Glacial speed: Jaybo is not going to the real GSU. The real GSU is in downtown Atlanta. GSU2 is in Statesboro.

Chris Eagle

February 24th, 2010
1:52 pm

This is really exciting news. We have some Freshmen Option QB’s coming in, but none on the current roster. We do have a current QB who played in an option offense in HS, but he does not seem to be a true Triple Option player. If this is true, then I hope Jaybo transfer in time for Spring Practice, but I don’t think it will be the case since this is Winter Semester already.

GTFan

February 24th, 2010
1:53 pm

I am not worried about it all. I don’t care for Jaybo at all, and he will never be a starting quarterback for GT.

I predicted it

February 24th, 2010
1:53 pm

Not two weeks ago, I predicted that Tech would have probs at QB for this exact reason. Lip man would not be able to continue taking the pounding that a wishbone QB has to take and I said ” that is why it was dumped in the 70s.” See? No quality kid at Qb wants that. Jay Bowlegs left. Nesbitt is gimpy now and he will take one solid shot like vs UGA or Iowa or LSU or from a Miami or a Vatech and he is toast. Bye bye safety position in the NFL. Nesbitt’s uncle is saying “son, lay low, I need um. I mean YOU NEED that $$$ Escalade …………don’t take a pounding for them”. Shades of UGA’s Reshad Jones all over again. QB is a big problemo now for the Broken Bone Offense.

Tech without an able, nimble QB and one that can handle the ball on the pitch ………….is easily a 5-6 or 5-7 team. Suddenly, the Boise Blue Carpet Bowl is looking dim and suddenly the 4.5 year coaching tenure average at Tech going all the way back to Dodd’s era …………is looking real.

This is why i have been trying to tell you folks. The over 60 grads know that my 4.5 average on coaches at tech AND the truth about the broken bone, triple break offense is accurate. It is a QB killer and at Tech, the next QBs are going “gulp”.

Oh well …………….. Duke game will be exciting with their high octane offense vs none at tech. AAAAAAAHAHA

1-9 vs UGA is looming ………………. Boise Blue Carpet is too ……..as a tv viewer.

Chris Eagle

February 24th, 2010
1:54 pm

@Will the real GSU please stand up… And 5,000 housewives in Alpharetta would agree with you. Everyone else knows the truth.

Road Scholar

February 24th, 2010
1:54 pm

Hey Jaybo, a little short sighted on your part? A degree from Tech will run circles around a degree from Ga Southern!

BUCKY HONEYKAMP

February 24th, 2010
1:55 pm

WAZZUP WITH A JAYBO WANTING TO LEAVE HEAVEN ON EARTH? COME ON DOWN TO THE LOW COUNTRY JAYBO? THE CITADEL COULD USE YOU.