Courtesy of Georgia Tech Athletics
ATLANTA â€“ Joshua Nesbittâ€™s first rushing attempt in Saturdayâ€™s
intra-squad scrimmage at Bobby Dodd Stadium â€“ a 30-yard gain that
ended with a jarring hit and his helmet flying off â€“ set the tone for
the morning and shook off any rust Nesbitt may have gathered from
missing spring practice to recover from ankle surgery.
The senior quarterback, who ran and threw for touchdowns in the
two-hour scrimmage, heard the applause from an estimated 2,000 fans that
came out early Saturday morning under overcast skies.
â€œIt was good to hear the support of the fans,â€ Nesbitt said. â€œI
just want to thank the fans for coming out.â€
Nesbitt had a two-yard touchdown run and a six-yard touchdown pass to
sophomore Stephen Hill. He engineered an opening 70-yard touchdown drive
to open the scrimmage.
â€œI guess itâ€™s a positive when you take the first possession and go
70 yards for a score,â€ head coach Paul Johnson said. â€œItâ€™s a
scrimmage though and you are playing against yourself. So when the
offense does well, you worry about the defense and when the defense is
hutting down your offense, you worry about that.â€
Other scoring plays included a 32-yard touchdown pass from redshirt
freshman Jordan Luallen to Kevin Cone, a 1-yard run by sophomore Orwin
Smith, a 10-yard TD run by sophomore Richard Watson and a 45-yard field
goal by true freshman Justin Moore.
The defense had its moments as well.
True freshman Louis Young and sophomore linebacker Julian Burnett had
â€œWhen you are playing three groups you are bound to have some
mismatches, but the freshmen defensive backs going up against some of
the veterans made some nice plays.â€
Saturdayâ€™s scrimmage was Techâ€™s 11th practice of the preseason.
â€œIt felt good to be out there for the first time in a scrimmage,â€
Nesbitt said. â€œI definitely go the rust off in the first series,
getting hit hard on the first couple of plays.â€
The Yellow Jackets open the 2010 season Sept. 4 against South Carolina