ATLANTA - Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson insisted Josh Nesbitt will recover quickly from a shoulder bruise the quarterback sustained in practice Wednesday morning.
Though Nesbitt wore an ice pack on his right shoulder for the final half of the early two-hour session, Johnson was hardly surprised when the school's medical staff cleared the sophomore to practice in the afternoon.
'You get hit in football,' the Yellow Jackets' first-year coach said. 'We've always practiced that way for 28 years, and I can honestly tell you I have never lost a quarterback in practice. We haven't lost that many in games, either, not to that. We've had guys tear their knee up or something like that. I think if you went back and looked at it, you'd find dropback (QBs) get hit a hell of lot harder than these guys.'
During his first eight months at Georgia Tech, Johnson has spent much time answering questions about a triple-option offense he designed to lead Navy and Georgia Southern to a combined 107-39 record over the last 11 years.
Johnson sometimes loses patience with reporters after answering his first or second question about the triple-option. On Wednesday, the topic of Tech's practice regimen irritated the 49-year-old Johnson, whose teams have always taken an unconventional football custom of allowing quarterbacks to be tackled during brief scrimmage sessions in the spring and summer.
'You guys crack me up,' he said. 'We've practiced 17 days and we haven't had a quarterback miss a day of practice. A guy gets a bruise on his shoulder, and we're going to change the way we practice? How does Georgia practice? They've lost a bunch of guys, haven't they?'
Georgia's starting left tackle, Trinton Sturdivant, faces season-ending, reconstructive surgery after multiple ligaments were injured in a scrimmage on Monday. Right tackle Kiante Tripp (thumb), receiver A.J. Green (flexor) and cornerback Prince Miller (shoulder) have less serious ailments.