Georgia Tech QB Nesbitt out 6 weeks

Updated: February 19, 2010, 10:22 AM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt, who helped lead the Yellow Jackets to the 2009 ACC title with over 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards passing, will miss part of spring practices as he recovers from minor ankle surgery, a school spokesman said Friday.

Georgia Tech begins practice March 29.

Nesbitt will be out for six weeks, which will allow him to return before spring practices end on April 24, but the staff likely won't push him and he won't face any contact.

Nesbitt ran for 1,037 yards and 18 touchdowns last year, and threw for another 1,701 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Jaybo Shaw, who has spent the past two seasons as Nesbitt's backup, is the frontrunner again heading into spring, but he'll get competition from redshirt sophomore Tevin Washington and redshirt freshmen David Sims and Jordan Luallen.

Shaw played sparingly last year because Nesbitt never missed a game due to injury. In six games, Shaw had 12 carries and two pass attempts.

Heather Dinich covers ACC football for ESPN.com.