Midseason report: Georgia Tech

The team that showed up -- or, more correctly, didn’t show up -- at Kansas didn’t look like the one that won the 2009 ACC title. Coach Paul Johnson had questioned his team’s effort and focus after the 28-25 loss to the Jayhawks and a home loss to NC State. Wide receiver Stephen Hill conceded the preseason hype hailing him as the next Demaryius Thomas was a little too much, and it wasn’t until Virginia came to town that B-back Anthony Allen found his way into the end zone. First-year defensive coordinator Al Groh’s 3-4 defense hasn’t fared much better than Dave Wommack’s did, and turnovers have been a problem. The one thing the Jackets have been able to depend on is the play of senior quarterback Joshua Nesbitt. He won the game for Georgia Tech in the final minute against Wake Forest and is the biggest reason for hope in the quest for a second straight ACC title.

Offensive MVP: Quarterback Joshua Nesbitt. He ranks first in the ACC in rushing (90.5 yards per game) and he ranks fifth nationally among quarterbacks in rushing. Nesbitt needs 150 rushing yards to become the most prolific rushing quarterback in ACC history. He has more rushing TDs (32) than any QB in ACC history. Nesbitt needs 388 rushing yards to become just the eighth player in NCAA history with 3,000 career rushing yards and 3,000 career passing yards.

Defensive MVP: Linebacker Steven Sylvester. He moved from inside to outside in late August and has, at least statistically, been Georgia Tech's top defender. He leads the team in tackles for loss (8.0), sacks (3.0) and forced fumbles (2). Sylvester has helped Georgia Tech’s defense improve the past two weeks after allowing 45 points to NC State.