Odds 'N Ends
Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt is from Greensboro, Ga., an area where Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer owns a home.
While Beamer said this week that he and the coaching staff were aware of Nesbitt while he was at Greene County High School, Beamer said they opted to recruit Tyrod Taylor that season. It has worked out for both schools.
“He’s a heck of a player,” Beamer said of Nesbitt. “There’s going to be two terrific quarterbacks in this game.”
While Taylor has played for three years and has recently shown strides in his development as a passer – he has thrown for 995 yards with eight touchdowns and only one interception, for an efficiency of 159.6 – Nesbitt has taken a leading role for Georgia Tech.
Nesbitt was injured and missed some time last year, but has take a command of the Yellow Jackets’ spread-option offense. He has rushed for 503 yards and has a career-high 13 rushing touchdowns. He has thrown for 843 yards and four touchdowns, completing 50.7 percent of his passes.
“He’s more comfortable in his role and not feeling overwhelmed with all the check and all the reads,” Jeff Monken, Georgia Tech's A-backs and special teams coach, said in a telephone interview. “I think he’s better because of that. He’s always had a lot of ability, but I think when you become more comfortable in an offense, everything slows down you’re able to turn it loose and play faster.
Brian Bohannon, the Yellow Jackets' quarterbacks and B-backs coach, said Nesbitt’s development and level of ease in the offense “has grown maybe more than anyone” on the team.
Evans Rehab Update
Running back Darren Evans, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in August, said Thursday that his rehabilitation is going well and that he is working to regain strength in the knee.
“Right now I’m trying to strengthen my knee up so I can get into running and jumping,” Evans said in a telephone interview. “I’ve been doing a little bit of that, but it’s been on the treadmill and the underwater treadmill.”
Last season, Evans set an ACC freshman rushing record with 1,265 yards and also scored 11 touchdowns. He was named MVP of the Orange Bowl after the Hokies defeated Cincinnati.
Controlling the Clock
Against Georgia Tech’s spread option attack, the Hokies’ best defense might be their offense. It is a strategy that has been a topic of discussion this week in Blacksburg.
“That’s the main thing Coach is preaching this week is ball control,” quarterback Tyrod Taylor said. “Going out there and making sure you’re controlling the clock because they take a lot of time off the clock. When we’re out there, we have to score points.”
‘Big Sexy’ Sergio
Guard Sergio Render, listed as probable with a strained pectoral, is not one to shy away from a little levity.
A reporter brought up the incident involving four players whose jerseys were stolen before the Hokies' game against Georgia Tech in 2007. Then the reporter asked which player on this year’s team would most likely have his jersey stolen.
Not missing a beat, a smiling Render replied, “I think it’s me because I’m from Georgia, and I’m big and sexy.”
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