Junior Josh Nesbitt (6-1/215) is one of the best running quarterbacks in all of college football. The former four-star has 1,216 career yards on the ground with eight touchdowns. In two games this season, he has 184 yards and one score. Against the Canes last season, he ran for 93 yards and one score on 13 carries. Nesbitt isn't much of a threat throwing the ball, however, as he's a 42-percent career passer. He's completed just nine of 25 passes in two games this season and completed just three against Miami in last year's game. In his time as the starter, they average about 12 pass attempts per game.
The best of the backfield trio is fullback Jonathan Dwyer (6-0/235). The former four-star prospect, who picked the Jackets over a number of major college programs coming out of high school, is widely considered Tech's best offensive player. He has 161 yards and two scores on 25 carries through the first two games of the season. He's gone for 1,992 and 23 scores over his career, including a 128-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Canes last season. He also has 10 career catches for 226 yards so he is a threat catching the ball, although he doesn't have any yet this season.
The two other starters in the backfield are senior Roddy Jones (5-9/195) and junior Anthony Allen (6-0/230). Jones, a former three-star prospect, has just five carries for 11 yards this season and doesn't get the ball much. Allen, another former three-star prospect, did not play against Miami last season but has eight carries for 148 yards and one score so far this season.
Only one receiver really gets thrown the football in this offense and that's junior Demaryus Thomas (6-3/230), who is a former three-star prospect who is considered one of the better receivers in the conference this year. Thomas, who has seven catches for 194 yards in two games this season, has 81 career catches for 1,379 yards and eight scores. He caught two for 17 against the Canes last season. The other starter is Tyler Melton, a 6-feet and 205-pound sophomore. A former two-star prospect, Melton has just five career catches.
Three starters returned from last year's unit -- senior guard Cord Howard (6-5/300), sophomore guard Joseph Gilbert (6-4/285), and senior center Dan Voss (6-4/300). Howard and Voss are starting for the third straight season and are considered Tech's two best linemen. They have played in a combined total of 61 games. The two new tackles are sophomore Nick Claytor (6-6/285), a former four-star prospect, and junior and former three-star Austin Barrick (6-3/255).