A potential Heisman Trophy candidate in 2010... one of the best clutch performers and toughest players in college football... the most prolific rushing quarterback in Georgia Tech history (2,079 yards)... needs 692 rushing yards to become the top rushing quarterback in ACC history... the first team All-ACC quarterback in 2009, Nesbitt led Georgia Tech to its first ACC championship since 1990 and its first Orange Bowl appearance since 1962... grows increasingly more comfortable running Paul Johnson's spread offense... missed spring practice to recover from ankle surgery... overcame a series of nagging injuries for an outstanding sophomore campaign... very athletic, fast and strong...an underrated passer with surprising arm strength... played as a true freshman in 2007 as a change-of-pace QB, running from a direct snap... on the preseason watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Davey O'Brien Award.
The first team All-ACC quarterback... emerged as one of the nation's top QBs and his name was mentioned at one point as a Heisman Trophy candidate... one of three team captains... started all 14 games... produced more than 1,000 yards rushing (1,037) and passing (1,701)... entering 2009, 48 players in NCAA history had accomplished that feat... became the first quarterback in Tech history and the second in ACC history to rush for 1,000 yards... his 1,037 rushing yards were the 12th-most single-season yards in Tech history... ranked fifth in the ACC in rushing... ranked fifth nationally among quarterbacks in rushing... rushed for 90 or more yards six times... his 279 rushing attempts were the fifth-most in Tech history... his 2,738 yards of total offense were the fifth-most in Tech history... his 18 rushing touchdowns were the second-most in school history and one shy of tying the record... completed 75-of-162 passes (46.3 percent) for 10 touchdowns and five interceptions... in the Dec. 5 ACC Championship Game against Clemson , Nesbitt rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown and passed for 136 yards and a TD... trailing Wake Forest 27-24 in overtime (Nov. 7), Nesbitt converted a first down on 4th-and-short, setting up his game-winning 3-yard TD run... in the win over fourth-ranked Virginia Tech (Oct. 17), Nesbitt rushed 23 times for 122 yards and three touchdowns - the second time he has rushed for 100 yards against the Hokies... was exceptional at Florida State (Oct. 10), rushing for 140 yards and three touchdowns, and throwing for 131 yards and a TD -- just the sixth time in Tech history a quarterback has thrown and passed for 100 yards in a game... his three rushing TDs were the most a Seminole team has allowed since 1997.... completed 11-of- 14 passes for 266 yards, one TD and no interceptions, and rushed for 53 yards at Mississippi State (Oct. 3)... his 319 yards of total offense were the most by a Yellow Jacket since Oct. 6, 2005 vs. NC State.
A clutch performer and one of the most dangerous run/throw combinations in the ACC... overcame nagging injuries for an outstanding sophomore year... missed two games entirely and parts of other games because of hamstring and ankle injuries... led all ACC quarterbacks, ranked second on the team and eighth in the ACC in rushing yards per game (63.0)... ranked 10th in the ACC in total offense (136.5 ypg)... ran for seven touchdowns and threw for two... rushed for 693 yards -- the second-most ever by a Tech quarterback in one season... just the second Yellow Jacket QB to rush for more than 500 yards in a season... his seven rushing touchdowns tie for the second-most by a Tech QB in one season... his 1,032 career rushing yards rank as the third-most by a Yellow Jacket QB, trailing Joe Hamilton and Reggie Ball... threw for 150 yards and rushed for 62 more in the Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. LSU (Dec. 31)... had modest statistics (40 yards rushing, 19 yards passing), but was as crucial to Tech's 45-42 win at Georgia (Nov. 29) as any player... churned out 93 yards rushing and one touchdown -- including a career-long rush of 54 yards -- vs. No. 23 Miami (Nov. 20)... rushed for 62 yards and threw for 97 at North Carolina (Nov. 8)... rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown, passed for 91 yards and a TD and hit Demaryius Thomas with the go-ahead fourth-quarter touchdown pass at Clemson (Oct. 18).. suffered a strained hamstring eight snaps into the Mississippi State game (Sept. 20)... injured the hamstring on a 21-yard run... his 151 rushing yards at Virginia Tech (Sept. 13) broke the Tech single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback... also threw for 109 yards to become the fourth player in Tech history to rush and pass for 100 yards in the same game... threw a 41-yard TD strike to Roddy Jones, then found Lucas Cox in the endzone on the two-point conversion to tie the game against the Hokies, 17-17... rushed for 50 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries at Boston College (Sept. 6)... ran for a key first down in the fourth quarter that led to the game-winning score... had his first two career rushing touchdowns in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State (Aug. 28)... rushed for 60 yards on 11 carries and completed 5-of-12 passes for 87 yards and no interceptions against the Gamecocks... missed part of spring practice with a groin injury and a chunk of August drills with a sore shoulder... very athletic, fast and strong with a bright future... a strong runner who averaged 6.4 yards per carry as a true freshman... an underrated passer with surprising arm strength... played in 2007 as a change-of-pace QB, running from a direct snap.
The true freshman saw action in 11 of 13 games... after sitting out September games vs. Boston College and Virginia he saw action in each of the last nine games of the season, playing at least one series in each half... ranked third on the team in rushing with 339 net yards... averaged a team-best 6.4 yards per carry... completed 5-of-13 passes for 93 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions... surprised some when he came off the bench for a few snaps in the season opener at Notre Dame (Sept. 1)... throttled Samford (Sept. 8) with 39 yards rushing on just five carries and he completed his only pass attempt for 15 yards... rushed four times for 25 yards and was credited with a pass reception for three yards in Tech's win at Miami (Oct. 13)... rushed 13 times for 78 yards and completed his lone pass attempt vs. Army (Oct. 20)... produced 100 yards of total offense vs. North Carolina (Nov. 17) when he rushed four times for 53 yards and connected on a 47-yard touchdown pass to Greg Smith... carried six times for 37 yards and completed one pass for 11 yards in the bowl game.
Rated the top quarterback in the state of Georgia and one of the best in the nation... two-time first-team all-state selection and the Class AA Offensive Player of the Year as a junior... as a senior at Greene County High, he passed for 2,256 yards and 32 touchdowns with just four interceptions... completed 134-of-222 passes... also rushed for 493 yards on just 93 carries and scored eight touchdowns... as a junior he passed for 2,833 yards with 31 TD and nine interceptions, while rushing for 1,252 yards and 22 scores... also had four interceptions in two seasons on defense... coached by Larry Milligan.
Full name is Joshua Leonard Nesbitt... parents are David Mapp and Jean Robbins... born April 15, 1988... majoring in management.