Josh Nesbitt is often mentioned among the all-time greats to play quarterback for the Yellow Jackets. Now he is getting more recognition outside Atlanta.
Georgia Tech‘s representative for the 2018 ACC Football Legends Class will be from the not so distant past.
Joshua Nesbitt was the starting quarterback for the Jackets to begin Paul Johnson’s tenure in 2008 through the 2010 season when his career was shortened by a broken arm in the Virginia Tech game.
This year’s ACC Legends Class will be recognized during a presentation at the Charlotte Convention Center Nov. 30, and also on the field during the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 1 in Charlotte.
The class also includes Boston College’s Mathias Kiwanuka, Clemson’s Brian Dawkins, Duke’s Steve Spurrier, Florida State’s Bobby Bowden, Louisville’s Roman Oben, Miami’s Ed Reed, North Carolina’s Ron Rusnak, NC State’s Mario Williams, Pitt’s Mark May, Syracuse’s Don McPherson, Virginia’s Herman Moore, Virginia Tech’s Eddie Royal and Wake Forest’s Steve Justice, according to a release.
During his time on the Flats – three injury shortened seasons as starter at Tech, and one as a backup – Nesbitt rushed for 2,806 yards and 35 touchdowns, and threw for 3,276 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Nesbitt led his team to an ACC Championship and an Orange Bowl berth in 2009, rushing for 1,037 yards and throwing for another 1,701. He racked up 28 total touchdowns that season earning himself first team ACC quarterback honors.
Even shortened by a career ending injury, Nesbitt finished as the leading rushing quarterback in Georgia Tech history and the number seven rusher all-time. He also remains a top ten passer in program history. Until broken by Louisville’s Lamar Jackson in 2017, his career rushing total most ever among ACC quarterbacks.