Georgia Tech won’t confirm anything until after the game, but word on the street is QB Joshua Nesbitt broke his right forearm while diving to tackle a Virginia Tech Hokies defender late in the second quarter. Nesbitt left the field and soon went to the locker room early. Tevin Washington has been filling in, and the offense has stalled for the most part.
This would be a disappointing end to Nesbitt’s career, if true. Recruited as a dropback passer by Chan Gailey, Nesbitt gamely stuck around to learn Paul Johnson’s flexbone option offense even as every other quarterback on campus fled to saner pastures. Last year he led the team to its first outright ACC championship in 20 years and its first-ever BCS bowl appearance.
Earlier tonight Nesbitt set the ACC record for rushing yards by a quarterback and scored both of Tech’s touchdowns. The Greensboro native has been the starting QB for all three years of Johnson’s Georgia Tech tenure.
On the bright side, it’s not like this season was destined for greatness anyway. Backups Washington and David Sims will get to audition for next year’s starting job. Washington hasn’t looked his best tonight, though this isn’t quite the ideal on-the-job training environment. Many Tech fans feel Sims has the best chance to emerge as next year’s starter.