Monday, June 22, 2009
Atlanta - Coach Jeff Millhimes has been talking about the new " Triple Threat Offense" at every media session. With all the hype about the new system in place, it was a matter of time before he was asked about how Josh Nesbitt would handle the pressue. His response put smiles on everyone's face.
" I've set a major goal for Nesbitt. I want him to look in the range of 1,000 yards rushing and 2,000 yards passing" said Millhimes. Only six QB's have accomplished that goal.
Nesbitt helped the Yellow Jackets go 9-4 and end a seven-year losing streak to Georgia in a season that also featured victories over traditional ACC heavyweights FSU and Miamii. Tech should enter the fall in the national rankings and looms as the main challenger to two-time defending league champ Virginia Tech.
Nesbitt's passing statistics suggest otherwise. He connected on 43.9 percent of his passes last season, with five interceptions and two touchdowns. A lack of targets didn't help matters, as Demaryius Thomas finished the season with 39 of Georgia Tech's 74 receptions.
Of course, it's tough to establish much of a rhythm as a passer when your team is running the ball almost 80 percent of the time, but Nesbitt knows he can do better. He considers a completion rate of around 60 percent a realistic goal.
If Nesbitt actually completes 60 percent of his passes, it would provide a major boost to an offense that already may be tougher to prepare for than any attack in the country. The Yellow Jackets gained 372.5 yards per game to lead the ACC in offense. They dismissed the notion that the option attack was a ball-control offense by scoring eight touchdowns from at least 50 yards out. Louisiana-Lafayette was the only team with more touchdown plays of 50-plus yards.
The Yellow Jackets look to 2010 with some big goals. They know they cannot win without a healthy and productive Nesbitt. Nesbitt wants to be the next McNabb. This season will go along way into telling his future.
Atlanta- The Yellow Jackets recieved a " Rough Draft" copy of there 2010 season. It looks to be a tough battle for the boys this year. " Well, there are two ways to look at the schedule. If your a player or fan, you think of some real good football ahead. If your a coach, you have alot of work to do in the war room". That was stated by Coach Millhimes after viewing his teams schedule which was subject to change due to a possible Open week change.
The Yellow Jackets are off the first week before taking the field against the Clemson Tigers on September the 10th. When looking down the schedule, it does not get any easier. Games in Miami, Florida St, and Virginia will be tough on the Yellow Jackets. Not to mention Florida coming to Atlanta on the 21st of November. " Nobody wants to play the FSU, Miami, and Florida all in the same season. But, thats they way the schedule unfolds and the kids here are ready for a challenge" said Millhimes.
You can also throw in Home games with North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, the already mentioned Clemson, and those damn Georgia Bulldogs and you have a tremendous amount of pressure. The YellowJackets also have road games in Duke and Mississippi St.
" We are Optomistic on our schedule" said QB Josh Nesbitt.
It Will be a real treat this year. Coach Millhimes will have a tough schedule and thinks his crew can put up some good numbers. Especially with the new Triple Option Attack. Hopes are high and the talk of the town is about the new offense and what it can do. Make no mistake, GT will be put to the test this year.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Atlanta- Its been a few days since the news came out of the hiring of Jeff Millhimes as the Yellow Jackets new head coach. The ACC has been a buzz since the announcement. Millhimes doesnt want all the credit though."I just call the plays, my players are the the reason they are successful or not". Of course, it doesn't hurt that he has the 2008 ACC "Player Of The Year" halfback Jonathan Dwyer returning. Dwyer ran for 1395 yards and 12 touchdowns his Freshman year. He also 8 catches for 209 yards. Dwyer is in his Sophmore year now and coach Millhimes expects big things from him. "It's to early to say Heisman but I wouldn't ignore his name" said Millhimes. Dwyer will continue to run under the "Option" formation.
Quarterback Josh Nesbitt returns to help anchor the offense. Nesbitt attempted only 123 passing attempts last year in 11 games. Thats about 10 a game. "Yeah, I think that number will go up alittle this year" said Nesbitt. " Coach Millhimes has already spoken with me about alittle more Play Action being thrown into the mix". Nesbitt on the other hand had a great season rushing the ball. He rushed 172 times for 693 yards and 7 touchdowns. His longest run of the year was a 54 yard run against Jacksonville State last year.
Another halback also showed signs of busting out last year. Dwyer recieved all the attention but nobody on the Yellow Jackets team forgot about Sophmore Roddy Jones. Jones lined up beside Dwyer several times last year and really took the defenses by storm. Jones rushed for 690 yards and 4 touchdowns in 13 games last year. He averaged over 8 yards a carry and had defenses scrambling to figure out if what they can do to stop the run. "1-2-3. Nesbitt, Dwyer, and Jones will be racking up some yards this year. Lets just hope it puts us on the winning side as well" said Millhimes.
Friday, June 5, 2009
ATLANTA- The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets made it official today signing new head coach Jeff Millhimes to 5 year deal. Contract amounts were not disclosed. The Yellow Jackets decided on Coach Millhimes after interviewing several candidates. Georgia Tech went 9-4 overall last year and 5-3 in confrence play. They took a pounding 38-3 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl at the hands of LSU. Paul Johnson was forced out of his coaching job due to personal issues off the field. Johnson assisted in helping the Yellow Jackets find a replacement.
Jeff Millhimes 31, career speaks for itself. He played 2 years under Joe Paterno as a backup Linebacker from 96-98. He then decided to transfer to Texas to be closer to his family. He moved to Houston and finished his final 2 years as a starting Tight End. After a knee injury forced him to cut short any NFL dreams, he went into coaching. He took a few years off working with ESPN. He returned in 2002 as Running Backs coach for Texas St. He spent two years there before getting an Offensive Coordinator job at Bayor. He tried to imply the "Option" style there but it failed. He left Baylor after 3 years. 2008 saw Millhimes take a job as an advisor to Paul Johnson's crew.
Millhimes has never been a head coach but many feel this sytem is perfect for him. Alumni and players are talking about a possible run at an ACC crown. Millhimes is alittle more optomistic. "This is my first year so I would be happy with a bowl game. Anything else would be an added Bonus" says Millhimes. We will continue to keep you posted on with a 1 on 1 interview with Millhimes in our next article.