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Georgia Tech Football: Top 5 quarterbacks in Yellow Jackets history

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The Georgia Institute of Technology has a long, illustrious football history and tradition. Hall of fame players and coaches, championships, and classic rivalries. Part of what made all of the success on the Flats possible was great quarterback play, and the Yellow Jackets have had their fair share of top notch field generals.

While it's always difficult to pick just a few for a "best of" type list, the process of reflection back through sports history is always a blast. With the rich history of Georgia Tech, it was especially fun.

5. Billy Lothridge (1961-63)
5. Billy Lothridge (1961-63) unknown

5. Billy Lothridge (1961-63)

Finishing second to Roger Staubach in the 1963 Heisman vote, Billy Lothridge may have very well been Coach Bobby Dodd's most notable player.  No. 18 threw for nearly 2,400 yards in an era that didn't see much passing from the Jackets.  He also rushed for over 700 yards during that time.  A first team All-American in 1963, he was also the SEC Back of the Year that season, and was inducted into the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame in 1969.

4. Josh Nesbitt (2007-10)
4. Josh Nesbitt (2007-10) unknown

4. Josh Nesbitt (2007-10)

Today's Tech fans still have this beast fresh on their memories, and will likely judge future quarterbacks by his standard as long as the option is the offense of choice on North Avenue.  Nesbitt finished his injury shortened career in Atlanta with over 3,000 passing yards, and more than 2,800 rushing yards with a total of 55 touchdowns.  In 2009 he rushed and passed for over 1,000 yards respectfully.  No. 9 earned first team All-ACC honors and still holds ACC and school records for rushing yards by a quarterback.

3. Shawn Jones (1989-92)
3. Shawn Jones (1989-92) unknown

3. Shawn Jones (1989-92)

Not only did the sometimes overlooked Jones hold his own numbers wise, but he actually produced a National Championship.  Jones' 8,718 yards for 53 touchdowns through the air are solid in any era of football.  Combine that with nearly 900 career rushing yards, and another 20 touchdowns on the ground, and it's no wonder why the Yellow Jackets won a crystal football under his leadership.  He was ACC Player of the Year in 1989, and now holds a place in the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame.

2. George Godsey (1998-01)
2. George Godsey (1998-01) AP/Elaine Thompson

2. George Godsey (1998-01)

The "Goose" had the misfortune of waiting his turn behind the great Joe Hamilton, but was still able to make the best of it once he was turned loose.  Before he was coaching up quarterbacks like Tom Brady in the NFL, Godsey was running wild at Grant Field.  Though he only started for two seasons, old No. 11 still managed 6,000 passing yards, and a career total of 47 touchdowns. He earned first team All-American honors in 2000, and was added to the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame in 2012.

1. Joe Hamilton (1996-99)
1. Joe Hamilton (1996-99) unknown

1. Joe Hamilton (1996-99)

It comes as no surprise that the top spot on anyone's Georgia Tech QB list should be reserved for the man, the myth, the legend, Joe Hamilton.  If they retired numbers at Bobby Dodd Stadium, No. 14 would surely be the first to hang high.  8,882 passing yards for 65 touchdowns at any level of football in four years is impressive.  Combine that with 1,758 yards on the ground for another 18 scores, and you've got yourself a mammoth college football career.  Hamilton finished second in the Heisman vote in 1999, but won the Davy O'Brien Award, and earned Consensus All-American honors that same year.  Joe's list of accolades is far too much to list, but would hold its own in any trophy room in America.



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