ESPN: Tech’s Dwyer is the nation’s second-best back

I tried to make the point last week, but nobody ever listens to me. But maybe you folks will take heed when somebody employed by the Worldwide Leader says something. So here goes:

Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com Insiders presented his list of the nation’s 10 best backs, and he ranks Jonathan Dwyer of Georgia Tech No. 2. (Who’s No. 1? Caleb King? Uh, no.) Since this is one of those links that requires registration, I’ll provide Mr. Feldman’s top 10:

  1. Jahvid Best, California
  2. Dwyer, GT
  3. Quizz Rodgers, Oregon State
  4. Charles Scott, LSU
  5. Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State
  6. LeGarrette Blount, Oregon
  7. C.J. Spiller, Clemson
  8. Evan Royster, Penn State
  9. MiQuayle Lewis, Ball State
  10. Noel Devine, West Virginia

It’s a nice list, as lists go — heavy on the Pac-10, which is fine by me. And Georgia fans should note that the Bulldogs will face three of the top five. But it’s from Feldman’s description of Dwyer that I find my sustenance:

“Despite playing in a major college football media market, Dwyer still is a bit under the radar. But he has everything necessary to make a Heisman run: power, excellent speed and a system (the Triple Option) where it’s hard to key on him. In 2008, he ran for almost 1,400 yards while he and his teammates were still in the incubation stage of Paul Johnson’s system. The scary part was this 233-pounder still had runs of at least 58 yards in four of Tech’s final five games of the season. Putting a talent like Dwyer in the Triple Option feels a little when Steve Nash met Mike D’Antoni.”

The Nash/D’Antoni comparison is pithy and apt, but the point I sought to make last week is that Dwyer isn’t just a “system back.” He’d be great in the “I” or the veer or the single wing. But in this system he’s all but unstoppable. If he’s not a Heisman candidate, my name isn’t Pepper Rodgers.

162 comments Add your comment

Jeff

August 5th, 2009
3:06 pm

He might be the best back in the nation. he will take alot of hits even when he’s not touching the ball. So he is an extra tough player when you add that on.

Volman

August 5th, 2009
3:09 pm

Beautiful article, Mr. Bradley. Dwyer probably won’t win because he isn’t hyped as much, and will be labeled a “system” RB like stated above.

I guess Tebow isn’t, though?? Even Bradford? They aren’t “system” QB’s? Bah.

Mark Bradley

August 5th, 2009
3:10 pm

Let’s put it this way: I believe Jonathan Dwyer would start at, say, Georgia.

This Will

August 5th, 2009
3:10 pm

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Burdell

August 5th, 2009
3:12 pm

Dwyer is a BEAST!! To have that size, breakaway speed in the open field and the ability to run over defenders is just amazing. And like the first poster mentioned–he gets hit on every play. He was impressive as a true freshman in 2007 playing out of the pro set. And obviously good enough out of HS for Calvin Johnson to let him have his number which will undoubtedly be retired one day…for whom we will have to wait and see! GO JACKETS!!! 30 more days….

SimpleDawg

August 5th, 2009
3:12 pm

All of the little yeller fellers are on the Georgia blogs making their juvenile comments…..

Saint Simon

August 5th, 2009
3:12 pm

(((45 – 42)))

m

August 5th, 2009
3:13 pm

thank god and greyhound…

corrine

August 5th, 2009
3:13 pm

coarch myer – go gatuh…

RAMBLE ON

August 5th, 2009
3:14 pm

uh, oh nevermind

Robot roll call...

August 5th, 2009
3:15 pm

I. P. Freeley...

August 5th, 2009
3:16 pm

…yellow river is my name & tickle piles are my game!

Mike in Valdosta

August 5th, 2009
3:17 pm

Sad thing is, he may be the second best back on his team. Scary

Trade School Junkie

August 5th, 2009
3:17 pm

John Dwyer +
Roddy Jones +
Lucas Cox +
Josh Nesbitt+
Anthony Allen +
Embry Peeples +
Marcus Wright+
—————-
= ONE BAD AZZ BACKFIELD

Ben

August 5th, 2009
3:18 pm

i am a Dawgs fan and it is fair to say he would start if he was in Athens. He’s a great player.

Pig

August 5th, 2009
3:18 pm

Oink! Oink! Oink! Oink! Oink!

Cow

August 5th, 2009
3:19 pm

MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Jdawg

August 5th, 2009
3:19 pm

He aint nothin but a NERD!! He wouldn’t start at Uga if a bus ran over our whole startin backfield. Caleb and WaShaun theys REAL SEC backs!!
WE dont recruit we choose Baby and we DIDN’t choose him!

staff fan now

August 5th, 2009
3:20 pm

Hopefully he will have 100+ before he is pulled due to mercy…I know, hard to link CPJ/merciful. But like Jeff said, his position will be taking hits even without being the runner.

Pi$$onaDawg

August 5th, 2009
3:20 pm

Tech has only Retired Jersey #19 don’t count on #21 being added. Dwyer is great and lets just keep him healthy and running. Choice & Cox would have loved this O too.

CFBFan

August 5th, 2009
3:22 pm

Evil Richt 2009 S.E.C. World Tour: "Banned in Columbus"

August 5th, 2009
3:23 pm

As a Georgia fan, its sobering to see we play against 3 of the top 5 this year. Thank Dawgness for UGA’s DTs and LBs being healthy.

mike gt

August 5th, 2009
3:23 pm

jdawg can you be any dumber

Burdell

August 5th, 2009
3:24 pm

Jdawg–

Oh, but the Dogs did want him. I think that is what an offer means!

Trade School Junkie

August 5th, 2009
3:24 pm

One Bad Azz Backfield +
Brand New Passing Game +
Solid, Deep, Experienced O-Line +
—————————–
= 40+ Points per Game

reality check

August 5th, 2009
3:25 pm

Dwyer was offered by Georgia. He chose not to go there, therefore your last statement is false.

What's Pepper...

August 5th, 2009
3:26 pm

…Rodgers got to do with it (to paraphrase Tina Turner)?

Jeff

August 5th, 2009
3:26 pm

Jdawg, You need to check your facts because Georgia wanted him, but when he graduated from college he wanted to be the boss not the employee. That’s why he chose a degree from Tech. Facts are Facts.

Hey, Junkie...

August 5th, 2009
3:27 pm

…One Bad Azz Backfield +
Brand New Passing Game +
Solid, Deep, Experienced O-Line +
—————————–
= 40+ Points per Game +

1 bad defense = a 7 – 5 record!

CincyJacket

August 5th, 2009
3:27 pm

We need to be a MNC contender for him to have a legitamate shot. Unless you are named Tim Tebow, its hard to win when you have 3+ losses.

Jdawg

August 5th, 2009
3:28 pm

YOU DONT NO NUTHIN!!!!

Burdell

August 5th, 2009
3:29 pm

Cox would have done well, yes. But I don’t know about Tashard. He has great vision, is tough as nails but you can’t discount pure speed. Tashard is little bit mouthy anyway. Dwyer has great composure.

Glenn

August 5th, 2009
3:29 pm

Take a look at some of Jonathan’s Highlights for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFbcSM6XHec

Jonathan’s got size, strength, agility; he can catch the ball out of the backfield, and Jonathan’s got the speed – he won’t get caught from behind. Jonathan’s also shown his durability; he’s in on almost every Offensive play and is getting hit on almost every play as well.

Show me any other Running Back in the Country who can do all of that at the same time. Jonathan is the total package.

GT Nerd

August 5th, 2009
3:35 pm

Crazy GT article:

Success would continue in 2001 as Mark Richt came to town as Georgia’s new head coach. Richt and his team would win that first meeting 31-17 in Atlanta. Richt would go on to win seven straight, before losing to the Jackets for the first time this year.

So what have we learned today?

We know that it takes very LITTLE success to make a Jacket fan happy. After all, they have won 12 games in the past 45 seasons.

To Georgia fans at 33-12 record since 1964 looks pretty good.

We know that Tech fans are overjoyed after winning for the first time in seven years. Losing seven of eight, 14 of 18, and 23 of 31 doesn’t seem so bad.

Back to normal in 2009 when UGA starts another dominating winning streak. But you nerds enjoy your win until November. Loser

E.H.

August 5th, 2009
3:36 pm

Tech has had its share of solid running backs the last several years. PJ Daniels, Tashard Choice. Dwyer, is the best of the three, but the depth is the backfield this year will probably keep his numbers down.

"Jonathan is the total package"...

August 5th, 2009
3:37 pm

…as a UGA fan, here’s hoping he stays healthy!

michael

August 5th, 2009
3:37 pm

get real people. the o-line is the key. if they do their job my manager could run the distance.

macrotech

August 5th, 2009
3:40 pm

I. P. Freeley.., how’s that prostate?! We peed freely on your mutts….showered yet?

DawgsRule

August 5th, 2009
3:41 pm

We didn’t need no running back that wanted to get his schooling at Georgia Tech anyways. Piss on ‘em!!

Time Will Tell

August 5th, 2009
3:42 pm

Jonathan Dwyer is a very special running back. I cannot think of a single college football team where he would not start. There are some factors that should prove beneficial to him this year. One is that the offensive line should know their assignments better than last year, have more depth and should provide improved blocking overall. Another is that Georgia Tech is very deep at running back this year which should help take some of the load off of Dwyer and keep him “fresher”. Regarding his Heisman candidacy, it will certainly be a difficult task to overtake the three quarterbacks (Bradford, McCoy and Tebow) that are sure to receive so much attention. However, if Georgia Tech has a special year and Dwyer stays healthy and shows improvement over last year’s performance, he has a shot.

Try selling out a 55,000 seat stadium......

August 5th, 2009
3:42 pm

must be a shame the only sellouts he will play in front of will be booing him.

***** FREE Tech football ticket with test drive!!! *****

DawgsRule

August 5th, 2009
3:45 pm

Haha! I seen like you seen it on the football stadium seats. What a joke. Can’t even sell out 550,000 seats…haha.

macrotech

August 5th, 2009
3:49 pm

uga isn’t selling out 550,000 seats either…. should your name be DawgsDrool?

Ben

August 5th, 2009
3:54 pm

We did offer Dwyer, but had Moreno already and got Caleb King that year. Wasn’t to tough of a decision to choose Tech over Dawgs.

Go Tech

August 5th, 2009
3:55 pm

It’s scary good how he can just accelerate past the secondary to the end zone.

BIG BEE

August 5th, 2009
3:56 pm

TIME WILL TELL, don’t you mean frustrated because of him? When he runs over your linebacker, he will pause only long enough to say”I’ll B-BACK”. But don’t get comfortable, because here comes JONES, an A-BACK.

joe

August 5th, 2009
3:57 pm

33-12 over the past 45?

I was wondering what the dog fans would say when GT wins again this year since so many were saying things like “7 out of 8 is the best Tech can hope for.”

But I guess you’ve got your excuse covered for the next 20+ years of CPJ’s tenure at GT. :)

GT Fans are excited not just by one win but because we see the huge potential in the coming years.

Jacket since 1997

August 5th, 2009
3:57 pm

dwyer is the man!!!! if he stays healthy jackets will, I REPEAT, will win the national championship this year!!!!!

Saint Simons

August 5th, 2009
3:58 pm

uga must think Roddy Jones should be #1

Benjamin

August 5th, 2009
4:06 pm

So, Mark, where is Caleb King on that list? lol

(Why do people bash King all of a sudden, btw? He’s a good running back, and he’s a local boy.)