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Georgia Tech's Nesbitt more confident in option offense

August, 10, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

ATLANTA, Ga. -- It's a talent that only Josh Nesbitt's teammates and coaches have witnessed much of since Paul Johnson and his staff took over at Georgia Tech.

Nesbitt, according to teammate Jonathan Dwyer, can throw the ball 60 yards "effortlessly, with the flick of his wrist, gosh, without stepping and throwing."

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  Josh Nesbitt ran for 693 yards and seven touchdowns last season.

"Yeah," Nesbitt said with a smile, "I agree with that."

After all, his passing skills were the reason Nesbitt was recruited to Georgia Tech, and Dwyer -- who has deservedly basked in the spotlight since a breakout 2008 season -- is convinced his teammate will finally get the credit he deserves this fall for being a dual-threat quarterback.

"He's probably one of the most dominant quarterbacks in the country, and I think the whole country is going to see that this upcoming season," Dwyer said. "Maturity-wise, you can see he's growing as a person and a team leader, as a complete quarterback. Everybody knows he can run, but he was recruited as a passing quarterback, that's what everybody doesn't remember, and everybody will realize how good of a passer he really is."

It's Nesbitt's feet, though, that help keep Georgia Tech's spread-option offense moving. Against Virginia Tech last year, Nesbitt ran for 151 yards and broke the school single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback.

Last season he ran for 693 yards and seven touchdowns while throwing for 808 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions. Those within the program say there's still room for Nesbitt to grow, but he's made significant strides since first learning the offense last spring.

"Josh is a lot more comfortable in what we're doing," said quarterbacks coach Brian Bohannon. "When we first came in, Josh had never taken a snap under center, he'd never taken a five-step drop, much less the option, which is totally new for him. So we had to start from square one and last year were piecing things together the best we could. He did a great job of making plays when we needed him to have it, but I think this spring he got a lot better and fundamentally start to hone in on what he needs to do. He's getting better in all areas but still has room for improvement."

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