Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Midseason report: Georgia Tech
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
The Yellow Jackets were too dependent upon their unstoppable offense until last weekend, when the defense finally held up its end of the deal when it mattered most -- against league leading Virginia Tech. With a 6-1 record, Georgia Tech is in the midst of a four-game winning streak and looks capable of improving upon last year’s nine-win season and could win the Coastal Division in only the second season under Paul Johnson. Much of that can be attributed to the improved play of quarterback Josh Nesbitt, the addition of Anthony Allen to the backfield, and the big-play capabilities of receiver Demaryius Thomas. At the midpoint, the Jackets are already bowl eligible for the 13th straight season, and rank second nationally in rushing offense with 286.1 yards per game.
Offensive MVP: Josh Nesbitt. He might be the most improved quarterback in the conference this year, as he’s become more effective with the passing game, even though he’s obviously never going to throw it a lot. Nesbitt last week became the first Georgia Tech quarterback to rush for over 100 yards in consecutive games, and his eight rushing touchdowns are the second most in a single season by a Jackets quarterback. He ranks third in the ACC with 89.3 rushing yards per game. Over the last two games combined, Nesbitt has rushed for 262 yards and six touchdowns.
Defensive MVP: Derrick Morgan. He’s been the anchor and leader on a defensive line that lost three starters to the NFL and he hasn’t dropped in production despite being double- and triple-teamed. He leads the ACC with 7.5 sacks this season (Georgia Tech has 12), and ranks second with 10.5 tackles for loss. He has also recovered two fumbles this year.