October 23, 2009

Dwyer looking for breakout performance

Heading into the 2009 season Georgia Tech B-back Jonathan Dwyer was the toast of college football and a potential Heisman Trophy candidate, but he has not had season he was hoping for. Dwyer has eclipsed the 100-yard mark only twice through seven games compared to five times last year, but his yards per carry are only down by less than a half a yard.

Seven games into the season, Dwyer in his mind has not had a breakout performance yet and he is hoping Saturday to have his first big game of the season.

"I have had big moments, but it has not been consistent really throughout the last few games. I have not had that breakout game. I think it will come soon, but I need to be patient with it."

Since quarterback Josh Nesbitt has become a greater focus of the offensive production on the ground, teams may adjust their schemes freeing up Dwyer again for some big plays as well.

"I think that will help as will the success of the whole offense," he said. "I think it helps everyone and not just myself. Josh's running will be open or the passing game will be open. Marcus Wright's success lately along with Embry Peeples helps out too because it is not just Anthony Allen and Roddy Jones."

For the Jackets and Dwyer, the goal is winning the ACC Championship and he is doing his part whether it is carrying the rushing load or lead blocking for a Nesbitt rush.

"My main goal is to win the ACC Championship and I hit some of my personal goals last year, but I want to be more consistent and be known as a hardworking guy who sells out for his team and is a leader."

Facing the 3-4 defense this week adds an extra wrinkle for Georgia Tech's offense.

"It something we went over in the summertime, but we have not been against it in the past few weeks," Dwyer said. "I think we will be fine and we will get used to it. All it comes down to is practice and repetition. We need to know who is where on a play."

Dwyer says that while the 3-4 defense may seems easier to run up the middle that is not necessarily the case.

"It really depends on what the defense is trying to do. It all depends on what the head man calls," Dwyer said. "He sees what is going on during the game and that triggers something in his head for what he thinks will work. We just go out there and execute it."

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