A reason for Tech fans to smile: The great Josh(ua) Nesbitt

Joshua Nesbitt after winning the game against Wake. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

Joshua Nesbitt after winning the game against Wake. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

He’s not the most stylish quarterback in the land, and he doesn’t throw the prettiest passes. But if it’s fourth-and-2 and his team is going for it — and Georgia Tech’s coach tends to go for it — Joshua Nesbitt is the one you’d trust most with the ball.

He’ll get the two yards. He’ll get them if he has to steal the ball back from an opponent. He’ll get them no matter how many opponents grab onto him. Joshua — nee Josh — Nesbitt is a bottom-line guy.

The Jackets will be missing two key offensive players in 2010, but B-back Jonathan Dwyer can be replaced by Anthony Allen. At issue is whether Stephen Hill can run under enough of Nesbitt’s wobblers to offset the absence of Demaryius Thomas. But even if he can’t, Nesbitt will figure out something.

Nesbitt reminds me of Derrick Ramsey, the quarterback who led Kentucky to the 1976 Peach Bowl and a 10-1 season in 1977. (Those were the Wildcats who beat Georgia 33-0 in Sanford Stadium before an audience including both James Brown and Prince Charles.) Derrick Ramsey was aptly named: He was the size of an oil derrick and had the finesse of a battering ram. He was a quarterback in name only.

Fran Curci, who coached Kentucky back then, used to say: “We run the option, but our quarterback never pitches the ball.” Didn’t matter. Ramsey would run around end and get six yards every time, and the worst-looking offense you ever saw managed to beat not just Georgia in Athens but also Penn State, LSU and Florida on the road. (Those ‘Cats didn’t grace a bowl because — whoops! — they were on probation.)

Their only loss was at Baylor in a game where fullback Rod Stewart, the MVP of the previous year’s Peach Bowl, tore up his knee diving for an overthrown Ramsey pass. This taught Kentucky a lesson: Stop passing. Indeed, in the season’s final game the Wildcats were trailing Tennessee late and had to summon backup quarterback Mike Deaton to deliver the completion that put Kentucky deep in Vol territory, whereupon Ramsey, who had taken so many hits he couldn’t lift his throwing shoulder, returned and bull-rushed the team into the end zone.

It was often said that Ramsey was a tight end masquerading as a quarterback. Well, in the NFL that’s what he played — tight end for the Raiders.

I’m not trying to suggest Nesbitt is nearly as ineffective a passer as Ramsey was — he’s much better, and he can darn sure run the option — but I see in the Tech man a similar indomitable streak. And I mean that as the highest possible compliment.

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Things that make you go hmmmm....

July 13th, 2010
11:57 am

Give him credit, he’s good, but he’s got to have some receivers that can catch 4th down passes.

Pepe

July 13th, 2010
11:57 am

Things that make you go hmmmm....

July 13th, 2010
12:00 pm

Mark, “B-back Jonathan Dwyer can be replaced by Anthony Allen”? Geez, talk about underappreciating Dwyer.

ATL BUZZ

July 13th, 2010
12:02 pm

52 MORE DAYS TILL KICK OFF!!!!!
ACC CHAMPIONS 2009 – DO IT AGAIN THIS YEAR!

Things that make you go hmmmm....

July 13th, 2010
12:02 pm

Wow, first, second AND third!

Things that make you go hmmmm....

July 13th, 2010
12:02 pm

ARGGHHH! First, second and fourth. Thanks ATL BUZZ!!

50-11

July 13th, 2010
12:03 pm

Mark, Great article on Kentucky Football…..
:)

CoolBreeze

July 13th, 2010
12:07 pm

Everything you have said is true, Mark….and one more thing: Heart. Nesbit has as big a heart as you’ll ever see in a college player. And it shows. Glad he’s a Jacket.

Dan

July 13th, 2010
12:10 pm

Dwyer was a great back. Allen will prove to be just as good. My only concern is that he doesn’t have the 2nd gear Dwyer did.

F-105 Thunderchief

July 13th, 2010
12:14 pm

Does that make him ATL BUZZKILL? Joshua is a gamer, no doubt.

Buzz29

July 13th, 2010
12:14 pm

I believe Joshua can lead us to the Promised Land.

Go Jackets!

Herschel Talker

July 13th, 2010
12:16 pm

Here’s a reason for Tech fans to smile: Tech’s best team in 10 years losing 30-24 at home to UGA’s worst team in 10 years. What a bunch of nerds and geeks.

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

July 13th, 2010
12:17 pm

30-24
8-1
60-39-5

oh sorry Bradley….. Didn’t mean to rain on your beloved Jackets tickle pile, happy smile party.

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

July 13th, 2010
12:18 pm

We. Run. This. State.

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

July 13th, 2010
12:19 pm

A reason for UGA fans to smile:

Nesbit’s throwing arm.

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

July 13th, 2010
12:20 pm

Nesbit: The king of Thursday Night Football.

Just me

July 13th, 2010
12:22 pm

Here come the BOOZEDAWG fans again. They are the absolutely the most ignorant of all college football fans. Have another beer, BOOZEDAWGS.

CLARKE COUNTY SHERIFF

July 13th, 2010
12:24 pm

Great article MB. You’re INDEFATIGAUBLE (sp)… and tireless. And definately entertaning.

The Bees Nees

July 13th, 2010
12:26 pm

Josh is one scary dude. I can’t wait til we kick it off!

snapshot

July 13th, 2010
12:26 pm

I believe leg-humpers will have to watch football in prison this year.

T-Bone

July 13th, 2010
12:29 pm

Thirty Points — At least we have an AD that doesn’t drive drunk, with (ahem) panties in his lap, and tries to bribe police officers. At least we can keep our players out of jail and on the team. When you guys win a game of any consequence, then we’ll talk. Besides you better read the current polls and see where your dogs are ranked.

Johnny Weissmuller

July 13th, 2010
12:31 pm

snapshot

and they’ll all be wear red panties too

Ryan

July 13th, 2010
12:32 pm

Moron mutts trolling the GT blog again…obsessed much?

Georgia’s most hyped team in 30 years 42, GT 45.

Now run along and try on your tight red pants for the fall. Hopefully the don’t make your a$$ look too fat…tools.

Atlanta Jackets

July 13th, 2010
12:38 pm

The Robot rocks!!

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 13th, 2010
12:39 pm

Damon Evans is who we are as a university = thUGA.

ron

July 13th, 2010
12:40 pm

is this an article about Nesbitt or UK?

Johnny Weissmuller

July 13th, 2010
12:41 pm

ron

I thought it was about red panties

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 13th, 2010
12:44 pm

This article is just filler until the next thUGA representative gets arrested. Should be within the hour….

Paul Johnson's Johnson

July 13th, 2010
12:46 pm

VJacket

July 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

Nesbitt is a class act. Humble. generous, courageous – what else could you want in a leader? There are many doubters across the country about our Jackets, but they are underestimating how much faster and smarter this team is on offense in PJ’s 3rd year. A 3rd year starting QB in this system is very dangerous… The biggest problem with the Jackets last year was the defense. If Groh can put together something on the defensive side of the ball the Jackets will be surprising a few teams again this year.

Time Out

July 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

In the end DAWGS win again this year. LOL.

Chuck Oliver

July 13th, 2010
12:48 pm

Ummm, King here. Why is Josh(ua) a Robot? Sounds odd to me.

Johnny Weissmuller

July 13th, 2010
12:49 pm

Time Out

And you can wave your red panties in your victory!

Johnny Weissmuller

July 13th, 2010
12:50 pm

Chuck Oliver

King, go report on western montana state’s new offensive coordinator

SteveW

July 13th, 2010
12:50 pm

I agree totally. Nesbitt should be a Heisman candidate – and I’m a Dawg fan! He will “will” Tech to 9 wins this year. Tough as nails…

dobearsbare

July 13th, 2010
12:52 pm

Nesbitt’s a threat, no doubt. For comparison’s sake, however:

Nesbitt 2738 yards in 14 games (195 pg)
Joe Cox 2584 passing yards in 13 games (198 pg)

Cox 1 INT every 22 attempts
Nesbitt 1 INT every 32 attempts

The turnovers are a fair point in Nesbitt’s favor, but fair-minded observers also cannot ignore this caveat: While Nesbitt had an All-America caliber running back behind him for 14 games, Cox’s first six games as starter Georgia had no legitimate running threat. Opposing defenses knew he was going to throw and they pinned their ears back.

Whatever edge there is in either direction is slight. But then, there’s this: 30-24. Congratulations on the ACC title, but this is what Nesbitt will be remembered for.

Go ahead and smile about Nesbitt if you want to.

Time Out

July 13th, 2010
12:53 pm

Reggie Ball wants to go for it on 5th down. LOL.

DUMB ARGUMENT

July 13th, 2010
12:55 pm

I love this dumb arse argument about Tech’s best team in 10 years losing to UGAY”S worst, They kindly forget UGA’s best team in 20 years, (preseason number 1, with the number 1 pick in the draft) lost to a Tech team with a new coach, new staff, and a new offense. Hey POT see Kettle.

SteveW

July 13th, 2010
12:55 pm

Nesbitt’s biggest problem? – Only Hill, a true Soph. to catch passes. That will hurt Tech.

And on “D” – Tech has been recruiting great on the DL and Secondary – the 2011 season will see a very good Tech defense gell together. Fortunately for us Dawg fans, Nesbitt will be gone.

TML

July 13th, 2010
12:56 pm

To all you Muttlanders out there…get off the bottle (AD & players) and start worrying about the Jackets. Punches to the face come 27 November…in your house (again)…

http://www.stinGTees.com

Bull Schmitt

July 13th, 2010
12:57 pm

Indeed, Joshua is a gamer. We’re fortunate to be able to watch him again this autumn. Go Tech!

cattledawg

July 13th, 2010
12:58 pm

Nesbitt is a bull no doubt, but several of the tech fans I know dont appreciate him. It use to be wait till Jaybo takes over but that is not an option anymore. The guy just takes a beating an keeps going. Im interested to see who will fill bay bays shoes because he sure bailed Nesbitt out on alot of throws.

Time Out

July 13th, 2010
12:58 pm

Tech hasn’t won by playing by the rules for 20 plus years. Ineligible players and such. Vacated wins. You all are a bunch of cheating NERDS.

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rduck

July 13th, 2010
1:00 pm

Who gives a crap about Derick Ramsey and Kentucky when the article was supposed to be about Nesbett and Ga Tech!

Johnny Weissmuller

July 13th, 2010
1:03 pm

Time Out

You’re AD just resigned because he got caught DWI with his hands in the panty drawer (the panty drawer of a woman who is not his wife)

You have no room to call anyone a cheater

Johnny Weissmuller

July 13th, 2010
1:04 pm

Ryan

July 13th, 2010
1:08 pm

A stupid mutt calling GT cheaters…THAT’S FRIGGIN RICH! Didn’t Amp Arnold have like a 0.5 GPA when he helped thUGA win the national title in 1980? There’s that class act Dooley showing his true colors.

Dogs suck: no class, no integrity and a fresh arrest every week. Quite honestly, an utter embarrassment to athletics and humanity. You are a laughing stock to everyone else in this nation who is not an illiterate redneck.

Gatorguy

July 13th, 2010
1:10 pm

Thirty Points to your Twenty-Four Points

July 13th, 2010
12:18 pm
We. Run. This. State.

NO! You RUIN this state!