ATLANTA — Last season, quarterback Joshua Nesbitt rushed for nearly the same amount of yards as Georgia Tech’s feature running back.
Less than 400 yards separated him from Jonathan Dwyer’s lofty 1,395-yard tally.
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If Nesbitt’s fresh, surgically-repaired legs run as smoothly and as swiftly as they did Saturday morning at Bobby Dodd Stadium, there’s little reason to believe he won’t be giving B-back Anthony Allen a good run for his money this season, too.
“Well I’ve been seeing it. Y’all are just getting your first glimpse at it,” said Allen, the Yellow Jackets’ newest premier running back, speaking to reporters about Nesbitt. “I’m real comfortable with it. But you can definitely tell the difference.”
That key difference being Nesbitt’s seemingly effortless control calling and reading plays within Georgia Tech’s unique spread option offense.
From under center Saturday, he carried himself with the poise and grace of an aged veteran who finally appears fully comfortable with one of college football’s most unique systems. It is one that led the Yellow Jackets to an ACC championship and a BCS bowl berth last season.
Again, if he commands the system throughout the season in much the fashion he did during the Yellow Jackets’ open morning scrimmage — the first look fans and reporters had at Georgia Tech this preseason — not only should Allen tread lightly, but opponents may not escape his wrath, either.
“It’s like now I don’t really have to worry about anything, I can just go out and play,” Nesbitt said.
Back in January, he went under the knife to have a bum ankle fixed and rehabbed in time for the season. Sidelined this spring as he rested the injury, Nesbitt took his first contact in seven months last week....
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