Posted by Chip Patterson
When first-team all-conference quarterback Josh Nesbitt left the Virginia Tech game with a broken arm, head coach Paul Johnson was forced to do something he had not done since he arrived at Georgia Tech: name a different starting quarterback. Nesbitt saw significant time as a freshman under Chan Gailey, but has been Johnson's starter since he arrived in Atlanta three seasons ago. Now with the starting job vacant, Johnson has taken the opportunity to entertain competition for the spot.
Tevin Washington did string together one impressive scoring drive late in the first quarter, leading the Yellow Jackets 80 yards in 9 plays to tie the game at 21 with 2:34 remaining. Washington ran for 45 yards in the second half, but at times looked undersized for the Georgia Tech offense. Johnson has been particularly impressed with the work of backup quarterback David Sims this week in practice.
“David Sims has had a good week; he’s practiced well, too,” Johnson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. “We’ll play it by feel. I’ll tell you, he’s played well in practice this week, made a case for himself.”
With Sims increased workload in practice, do not be surprised to see Georgia Tech utilize both quarterbacks against the talented Miami defense. Standing six feet tall and weighing in at 230 pounds, Sims' physical running style is much more similar to that of Nesbitt. He lacks the arm of Washington (he did not throw a pass in either of his two appearances thus far in 2010), but will be more useful as a threat on short-yardage situations.