GREENSBORO — Noticeably absent among the 24 players at Operation ACC Football is the 2009 all-conference quarterback -- Georgia Tech’s Josh Nesbitt.
The senior from Greensboro, Ga. decided to join in a family vacation in Florida rather than to attend the conference gathering in Greensboro, N.C., according to school sports information director Dean Buchan.
“The whole family doesn’t get together very much, and he just decided that it was very important for him to have some family time,” Buchan said.
Nesbitt also has changed his official name from Josh to Joshua _ the result of a directive from his mother during the spring practice period.
“I still just call him “Nez” or “Nesbitt”,” said Roddy Jones, a junior A-Back in the Yellow Jackets’ option offense. “He’s still the same guy, no matter what he wants to be called.”
Nesbitt rushed for 1,037 yards and passed for 1,701 yards in 2009 to pace the Jackets to an 11-3 record and a 39-34 win over Clemson in the ACC title game at Tampa, Fla.
Wes Durham, the school’s play-by-play radio voice, already has advised Nesbitt that on-air slip-ups will occur.
“He told me I could have one,” Durham said. “Now whether that means one per game or one for the season or one per possession, I didn’t press.
"Fortunately, my habit is to refer to almost everyone by their last name.”
In the long run, Jones is correct. Whether it’s Josh or Joshua, Nesbitt rates among the most dynamic players in the country. Even though he may finish behind N.C. State’s Russell Wilson, Florida State’s Chris Ponder or Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor in the preseason all-ACC quarterback voting, Nesbitt will be the key to a team that has won 20 games in the past two seasons.
— Caulton Tudor