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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Nesbitt key to Georgia Tech's offense

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Until Georgia Tech starts winning again, you're going to hear a lot about what the Jackets don't have coming back -- four marquee players who chose to forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft. They're significant departures that will be impossible to ignore as Georgia Tech works to defend its ACC title.

It's important to remember, though, what Georgia Tech still has to work with -- one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC in Josh Nesbitt. And those within the program have rallied around him.

“It’s like when you get a president re-elected and he’s a good president,” B-back Anthony Allen said. “Josh has been the backbone of this offense for the last two years, and he’s going to do it again this year. He’s a good field general. He’s not a guy you’re going to hear talking and everything -- he’ll let me handle that -- but he’ll let his play speak for itself.”

Because Nesbitt has mastered the spread option, it will make transitions easier for the players around him, including Allen. Even though Georgia Tech has to replace its leading rusher, leading receiver and three offensive linemen, the Jackets still have the heart of their offense, and that should go a long way this fall.