Tag:Georgia Tech Injury Report
Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:04 pm

Georgia Tech C 'probably out' for Clemson

Posted by Chip Patterson

Georgia Tech is looking to bounce back this weekend, after falling from their top spot in the ACC Coastal Division thanks to two straight losses. The challenge is daunting, but an upset win over undefeated Clemson at home in primetime could be enough to put the Yellow Jackets back on track. Unfortunately, it looks like they might have to accomplish that task without starting center Jay Finch.

Head coach Paul Johnson said on Wednesday Finch is "probably out" for Saturday night's showdown with the Tigers. The redshirt sophomore started at guard in 2010 and has played every game at center for the Yellow Jackets this season. He was injured on the first play from scrimmage against Miami, replaced by redshirt junior Nick McRae for the remainder of the game.

McRae and the rest of the Yellow Jackets' offensive line will carry a heavy load going up against the Clemson defensive line. Brandon Thompson and Andre Branch have both emerged as some of the league's most dominant down linemen, and Georgia Tech needs to neutralize them to open things up in the rushing attack.

A win over Clemson keeps Georgia Tech in the hunt for an ACC championship game appearance. With division-leading Virginia Tech still on the schedule, the Yellow Jackets will need to win out and get some help in order to claim the Coastal Division title. A loss to the Tigers on Saturday likely puts them out of the hunt, heading into the bye week looking to finish strong after the three game slide.

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 12:01 am
Edited on: November 5, 2010 12:05 am

Hokies survive GT, Josh Nesbitt out for season

Posted by Chip Patterson

With the return of Ryan Williams to the Virginia Tech backfield, sophomore running back David Wilson knew he would need to make the most of his few opportunities with the ball. Pushed back to third-string again, Wilson made the most of every touch. But no touch was quite as important as the 90-yard kick return for the winning touchdown with 2:23 left in the game. It was the only way to answer the 9 play, 80 yard drive by a crippled Georgia Tech offense.

One particular aspect of the Georgia Tech option-based offense is that it does not rely too heavily on any particular player. Which is why when starting quarterback Josh Nesbitt left the game after injuring his arm attempting to make a tackle, the Yellow Jackets were far from done. Nesbitt has been the center of Paul Johnson's offensive scheme for most of his career, but Thursday night called for backup Tevin Washington to step in for the second half. After he put together that drive in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 21, all momentum was swinging the way of the Jackets.

But Lane Stadium erupted as Wilson broke free up the left side, accelerating past the Yellow Jackets coverage and right into the end zone. The Hokies were able to secure the 28-21 win and improve to a perfect 5-0 in conference play. But what shook the Coastal Division the most may have been the news on injured quarterback Josh Nesbitt. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that Nesbitt is out for the season with a broken right forearm. If there is any good news for the Yellow Jackets, Nesbitt believes that he would be able to play in a bowl game. Otherwise, Thursday night was a narrow escape for the Hokies, and a terrible twist in an already disappointing season for the Yellow Jackets.
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