Nesbitt4Heisman.com? A great idea that, alas, won’t pan out

I yield to no one in my admiration for Joshua Nesbitt as a collegiate player. (No one, I tell you.) After the epic Florida State game last season I anointed him a folk hero. Last month I noted that I consider Nesbitt as valuable to Georgia Tech as any player is to any team on any campus. That said …

I don’t think he has a real shot at the Heisman.

Doing its job, the ace Tech sports information department is cranking the volume. It unveiled Nesbitt4Heisman.com today — he’s billed as “the most interesting player in college football”  — and I applaud the effort. I also know this:

Only one pure option quarterback — Eric Crouch of Nebraska — has won the Heisman, and that was mostly because the 2001 season wasn’t overrun with greatness. (Rex Grossman of Florida finished second, Ken Dorsey of Miami third.)

The best option quarterback ever was Jack Mildren of Oklahoma. He should have won the 1971 Heisman, but he didn’t crack the top five. (Pat Sullivan of Auburn won, followed by Ed Marinaro of Cornell, Mildren’s OU teammate Greg Pruitt, Alabama’s Johnny Musso and Lydell Mitchell of Penn State.)

Tim Tebow was an option quarterback, sort of, but Tebow also threw for 3,286 yards in 2007, his Heisman-winning year. In two seasons as Tech’s starter, Nesbitt has passed for a total of 2,509 yards. He passed for 1,701 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2009, but not once in Tech’s 13 games did he attempt more than 16 passes and only once, against Mississippi State, did he complete as many as 10.

I know, I know. You Tech folks will say, “But the guy wins.” And I’m right there with you. But I know, having been one myself, how Heisman voters are: They can’t see every game, so they rely on highlights and numbers. Nesbitt’s passing numbers aren’t remarkable — he did, however, rush for 1,037 yards last season — and what he does for the Jackets doesn’t translate well on ESPN. (Think about it: How many times did the Worldwide Leader, which aired the game, replay his astonishing snatch of the ball from Florida State linebacker Nigel Carr?)

As you know, I’m often wrong. I would love being wrong about Nesbitt and the Heisman. He’s a fine fellow and a tremendous ballplayer. But I can’t see him winning the thing. Heck, I think he’ll do well to crack the top five.

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ACC FAN

August 31st, 2010
1:24 pm

Heisman? Not today.

Glory, Glory to manface Courtney

August 31st, 2010
1:25 pm

Wind Turbine Jacket

August 31st, 2010
1:25 pm

Alas, I think you’re spot on, MB…but we can hope, right? What a player…my favorite Jacket of all time.

Mark Bradley

August 31st, 2010
1:26 pm

Wind Turbine Jacket, he’d be way up there on my list, too.

ACC FAN

August 31st, 2010
1:26 pm

Let’s see what Tech does by game 5, then we can rekindle all the talk about a potential H-Award. I am not so sure that GT lives up to its and everyone else’s hype. They lost a lot. Even if it is the same system, it is not the same players running the system.

PMC

August 31st, 2010
1:27 pm

Would it somewhat make up for the boosh career award they gave to Ron Dayne for being able to run between fat guys?

TRIVA QUESTION

August 31st, 2010
1:27 pm

Who was the last Heisman Trophy winner to play for a team that sold out less than half of its home games?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 31st, 2010
1:27 pm

Gimme a break!! Heisman??, now that is some funny stuff!!! granted, he’s invaluable to GT but the rest of society & college football fans ALL KNOW he’s nowhere near a Heisman, let alone even being discussed in that kind of company.

justdhoo

August 31st, 2010
1:28 pm

Tech has to go undefeated for him to even get an invite. If he wants to win, he’s gotta have a lot of rushing yards and touchdowns. I don’t see it happening.

ACC FAN

August 31st, 2010
1:29 pm

No love for the first placement? I read everyday and dream of the premier position. I sat yesterday and looked to TebowSECHypeLoveShouldOtherConferencesEvenExist and said aloud “No one will fight harder or work harder to become #1 on a Bradley post.”

Glory Glory. Wings have taken dream.

PMC

August 31st, 2010
1:29 pm

what you really need to win the heisman is hype. A lot of hype comes from doing amazing things in nationally televised games. It’s hard for Tech to get the kind of publicity they really need for that kind of an award.

TRIVIA QUESTION?

August 31st, 2010
1:29 pm

Enter your comments here

Glory, Glory to manface Courtney

August 31st, 2010
1:29 pm

dang… regardless of whether Nesbitt could win the Heisman, he deserves all the recognition, website promotion, etc. happening right now as a candidate for the Heisman trophy. He has more than earned the privilege of being celebrated and hyped as a Heisman candidate. I hope he’s having fun this year. He deserves it all.

4th and short… go for it

amau2009

August 31st, 2010
1:31 pm

No one gives a rats @ss what you think Mark Bradley and your picks for UGA this season are a joke. Good luck to that team going 9-3.

St. Clarkston

August 31st, 2010
1:31 pm

I’m a diehard Dawg fan who hopes Tech never wins another game but Nesbitt is a heck of a player.

The Octagon

August 31st, 2010
1:31 pm

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater , You may be a nut, but you are right one? I think you are right.

ACC FAN

August 31st, 2010
1:32 pm

I am calling out MB for prejudice. He only loves those who use his initials.

Trivia Question

August 31st, 2010
1:34 pm

If someone wins the Heisman and no one is there to see it…….?

Nesbot

August 31st, 2010
1:35 pm

I don’t always get thirsty, but when I do, I thirst for success.

GT-Armchair QB

August 31st, 2010
1:35 pm

This is for publicity, recruting and ticket sales.

Over 30 players listed on cnnsi.com, and he’s not one of them.

His odds are as good as our are for winning a NC this year.

Nesbot

August 31st, 2010
1:35 pm

Vote for me, my friends.

30-24 Dawgs - We Run This State!

August 31st, 2010
1:36 pm

Nesbitt and Heisman in the same sentence? That’s funny right there.

Caleb King stands a better chance of winning it, especially if he has many more games like 30-24 last season when the Dawgs ran all over the maggots for 339 rushing yards.

GT-Armchair QB

August 31st, 2010
1:36 pm

cbssportsline.com

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 31st, 2010
1:38 pm

Yes Octagon, i’m the right nut!! And i am right

anderson jones

August 31st, 2010
1:38 pm

My dad, Sambo Jones from Macon, loves the Wreck.

dap01

August 31st, 2010
1:42 pm

Nesbitt is not the best player in the state of Georgia.

Ramblin' Wreck

August 31st, 2010
1:42 pm

The unfortunate intersection of “What should be” and “What actually is.” The voters are lazy and won’t appreciate what he does for the team. For example, a pitch under pressure is essentially a pass. In fact, it’s more difficult than most of the dink passes these “traditional” spread QB’s throw. The problem is, they get credit for the 80 yd run-after-catch. Nesbitt doesn’t. Oh, well. C’est la vie.

A-She-She Blog

August 31st, 2010
1:45 pm

Reggie Ball got robbed!!!

Ramblin' Wreck

August 31st, 2010
1:45 pm

Voters don’t watch Tech.

GT+CPJ=SUCCESS

August 31st, 2010
1:47 pm

I would be surprised if he won the Heisman, but think he has a chance of winning one of the awards he is up for.
30-24,
You are funny. The big difference between the two is Nesbitt had more than two good games and they all were not against bad defenses.

Andy

August 31st, 2010
1:47 pm

He won’t finish in the top 10. As a UGA fan I respect the guy but he’s not even close to Tebow.

Cuttysark

August 31st, 2010
1:47 pm

It is highly unlikely that Joshua Nesbitt will win the Heisman. However, with that being said, he is still to toughest and most competitive quarterback in the country. Glad to have him on the team as he really makes this triple option offense go. The season begins this Saturday and hopefully the Yellow Jackets come out strong as they have an opportunity for another successful season under Paul Johnson on the Flats. For more Georgia Tech Football articles go to http://isportsweb.com. Go Jackets!

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

August 31st, 2010
1:48 pm

Nesbitt appears to be a tough customer. I wish he was on our side.

AD

August 31st, 2010
1:48 pm

Actually, dawgs run… from a rolled up newspaper, a loud noise, a flip flop, a cocked hand, automobiles, cats, their shadow, thunder… want me to keep going?

Conyers Yellow Jacket

August 31st, 2010
1:49 pm

Mark. I agree with you but for other reasons. Nesbitt will not stay healthy for the entire season because he will take a hit on almost every play given the “offense” he has to run. Also, he will be a target for as many hard
hits by opposing defenses because he is the key to GT mving the ball.
They better get Washington ready. That said I hope I am wrong. Do you think he can survive? He was lucky his ankle injury only kept him ou of spring practice.

GT hasn't won a bowl game since 2005 (Champ sports Bowl)

August 31st, 2010
1:50 pm

If he wants to see a Heisman then nesbitt better drive to Athens!

Joey

August 31st, 2010
1:52 pm

Dawg fan here, but Nesbitt is the 2nd best option QB I’ve ever seen, behind Tracy Ham. PJ should let him throw more cause he’s got a good arm.

Maybe he can make it happen. I’ll pull for him every Saturday but one.

AD

August 31st, 2010
1:52 pm

Conyers, it wasn’t an ankle “injury”, it was surgery to correct ailing ankles he had dealt with for a long time, needed to be done.

Jack this

August 31st, 2010
1:53 pm

cuttysark, for once shutup, your way of thinking doesn’t help GT either, GT is not a second class school that has to take a back seat to the the Nebraskas and their Heisman winners. In fact, last time we played them, GT won. Tired of reading how you congratulate former Tech coaches who leave and coach other schools like these other schools are such a step up..(Miami baseball coach jim morris and others)it is fans like you that do not help the program at all but mentally thinking it is all GT can do just because these liars in this state and country look at us this way

GTville

August 31st, 2010
1:54 pm

If you give Nesbitt the yardage for his pitches that the other QB’s get for the screens and quick passes behind the LOS, then Joshua’s yards would be way up there too.

How do his rushing yards compare with other RB Heisman winners?

Eitherway, we still have 12-14 games left to play, so results for all still need to be earned. He may twist an ankle on the first play Saturday and be done for a few weeks….too early to vote, but not to early to start making a case.

JMar

August 31st, 2010
1:54 pm

The guy doesn’t WIN as much as Crouch, and the guy doesn’t perform as well. This is silly.

Joey

August 31st, 2010
1:55 pm

“Russ, the Temporary Mascot” appears to be a silly, repetitive, jackass. I wouldn’t wish him on anybody’s side.

Michael

August 31st, 2010
1:57 pm

He’s half the QB Joe Hamilton was, and Joe only finished second in the Heisman. No way Nesbitt sniffs to top 10, much less wins it.

saban

August 31st, 2010
1:57 pm

Nesbit is a man.

The ladies in Athens wouldn`t understand that. All they have are red panties.

Almost forgot, Richt diving off the high board for entertainment.

Cuttysark

August 31st, 2010
1:58 pm

Jack this; Huh?

Lefty LaRue

August 31st, 2010
1:58 pm

The Tech QB that should have won a Heisman was Billy Lothridge. Finished second to Roger Staubach.

Russ, the Temporary Mascot

August 31st, 2010
2:01 pm

Joey, bag of doughnuts? Why would you call a little dog names? Care to try your luck with a can of paint, tough guy?

Nesbitt’s passing numbers aren’t remarkable

August 31st, 2010
2:02 pm

understatement of the year MB. 47% for completions and he’s touted for the Heisman?

gdawginkalamazoo

August 31st, 2010
2:07 pm

Bradley at least you got Nesbitt’s name mentioned in the same article as the Heisman. Kudos. Crouch can sell more insurance than Nesbitt too.

Rob

August 31st, 2010
2:09 pm

Ingram has no chance now that he’s out this week. Won’t get to pad his stats.

The real reason you don’t think he has a shot is cause you don’t think tech will go 12-0 or 11-1. In order to win, you almost have to make it to the nat champ game. But if tech did go undefeated, I guarantee you he would win it. Cause there isn’t one player in the country that means more to his team than Joshua.