ATLANTA --- Through his first two starts, Josh Nesbitt has completed only 11 passes, none of them for touchdowns, but there are other reasons he's looking like a good fit in Georgia Tech's new spread option offense.
Nesbitt already has rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns, but he's made a bigger impression on coach Paul Johnson with his leadership in two wins for the Yellow Jackets, who play at Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Johnson was impressed that Nesbitt kept his composure against Boston College last week, even when the Eagles' big defensive front was beating Georgia Tech's offensive line and disrupting plays.
"I never saw him get frustrated," Johnson said Tuesday. "Sometimes guys will get frustrated with guys up front and he didn't do that. He just stayed calm trying to do his job."
The sophomore from Greensboro, Ga., won't rank among the conference's passing leaders in Johnson's run-first attack.
It's more important for Nesbitt to read defenses and make good decisions on option plays to set up running opportunities for Jonathan Dwyer, who has two 100-yard games in the Yellow Jackets' 2-0 start.
Johnson said Nesbitt is still learning the offense.
"I thought he played with some composure," Johnson said. "I thought he came back from his mistakes. From a technical standpoint and from a read standpoint, he didn't play a great game. I think he'd be the first guy to tell you that. But what he did do, he made plays. When things broke down, he made some plays around him. That speaks to his competitiveness and his desire to win and do whatever it takes."
The young quarterback's composure has a young Georgia Tech team in position to take a big early lead in the Coastal Division.
If the Yellow Jackets beat Virginia Tech for what would be a second consecutive road victory, they would be 2-0 in the conference for only the second time in 10 years.