Updated: Lee, Days remain ’situational’ on Tech depth chart

Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee put on a show Saturday night against Presbyterian College, but it did not result in a change to the depth chart behind starter Tevin Washington.

Following Monday’s practice, Johnson said the No. 2 spot remains “situational” between Lee and quarterback/A-back Synjyn Days.

“He’s a work in progress,” Johnson said of Lee, adding that he’ll “try to get him some work as we go. Thought he did some good things (against Presbyterian). He’s got a lot to work on. I think he’d be the first to tell you that.”

Lee has shown ability in the passing game and as a ball carrier. His central challenge has been mastering the offense’s option plays. Asked if he would try to get Lee into the Yellow Jackets’ Saturday game against Virginia, Johnson’s answer was a triumph in ambiguity.

“We may,” he said. “We may play him in every game. We may not. Just depends. Situational.”

Against the Blue Hose, Lee gathered 183 yards of total offense, connecting with wide receiver Jeff Greene for an 82-yard touchdown pass and then running 79 yards on a quarterback draw. As did Days and Washington, Lee also fumbled, on a fourth-down play in the fourth quarter. Tech lost three fumbles for the first time since the 2010 Independence Bowl loss. Days appeared to score on a run before losing control of the ball in the end zone, but the replay official held up the fumble call. Johnson didn’t absolve Days.

“I don’t really care” if the call was correct or not, he said. “[The ball] shouldn’t come out.”

Tech had one fumble in the season-opening loss to Virginia Tech, by A-back Robbie Godhigh.

“We coach it the same every day,” Johnson said. “We’ve got to emphasize it. You’ve got to take care of the ball or you’re not going to play.”

2. Inside linebacker Daniel Drummond, who re-aggravated his high-ankle sprain on Saturday, was held out of practice Monday, as was safety Fred Holton, who has missed the first two games with a foot injury. B-back David Sims was also in red as he recovers from a stress fracture in his shin. Sims played against Virginia Tech but was held out against Presbyterian to aid his healing.

“I don’t know if he’ll play,” Johnson said of Sims. “If we had to play [Monday], he couldn’t.”

Offensive tackle Morgan Bailey, who has missed the first two games with a high-ankle sprain, practiced.

3. Center Jay Finch, outside linebacker Brandon Watts and defensive back Chris Milton were named the offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the game, respectively. Finch and the offensive line opened lanes and created pockets that produced 59 points and 712 yards of offense. Watts led the team in tackles with six, broke up one pass and blocked a field-goal attempt. Milton made an unassisted tackle on a punt return that went for -4 yards after Sean Poole’s 55-yard punt.

4. True freshman defensive end Adam Gotsis “did some good things,” Johnson said. “He’s a big kid that can run. I think he’s got a bright future.” Gotsis, from Australia, had a tackle for loss late in the fourth quarter that was wiped out by a penalty against Tech. … Tech’s Sept. 22 home game vs. Miami has been set for 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on the ACC’s regional sports network, including Fox Sports South in metro Atlanta. Saturday’s game will be a 3:30 p.m. start and will be broadcast on ESPNU. Anish Shroff (play-by-play) and Dan Hawkins (analyst) will call the game.

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124 comments Add your comment

yeller bug

September 10th, 2012
7:28 pm

Use all the QBs!

yeller bug

September 10th, 2012
7:30 pm

Create a new formation—the crossbow—have TW, VL and Days side by side in a T-shaped shotgun—hike to one of them, let the run and lateral the ball around and then throw it downfield.

yeller bug

September 10th, 2012
7:32 pm

let them…not let the…sorry

yeller bug

September 10th, 2012
7:33 pm

YB takes gold, silver and bronze!

chas_jacket

September 10th, 2012
7:39 pm

I am just happy we have three options at qb. The previous 4 years if we lost our starting qb, the season was over. A good situation. You can tell CPJ is pleased with Vad’s performance though.

chas_jacket

September 10th, 2012
7:43 pm

Also, while JH Days was out of position on several plays, if he was anywhere near the ball carrier, he made the play with some emphasis. Saw him knock Logan thomas out of bounds and logan went flying. Doubt drummond gets his job back.

FL Jacket

September 10th, 2012
7:45 pm

Talk about Triple Option!

chas_jacket

September 10th, 2012
7:46 pm

Ken, i am guessing the answer is no, but any info on the nature on Holton’s foot injury?
Was really looking forward to seeing him out there.

Ken Sugiura

September 10th, 2012
7:52 pm

not really. he’s not walking around in a cast or anything like that, if that sheds any light.
way to sweep, yeller bug.

GTFan

September 10th, 2012
7:53 pm

Seriously CPJ?? Lee had such so more talent then Washington, and you won’t even try to use him. What a joke!!! Why do we have this talent, and don’t use it. Washington is awful. He can’t play worth crap. He has had his time to shine, enough is enough!

yeller bug

September 10th, 2012
7:55 pm

@FL Jacket—Yep—being “a high Tech” school, we could before the play have fans text which QB will get the snap—raise money for charity or for the school—-maybe display the vote and do an audible to accommodate fan request. Doubt it would win many games, but brings fan participation to a whole new level.

yeller bug

September 10th, 2012
7:58 pm

a kudo from Ken—cool—that was something on my bucket list….the long version! : )

fuzzybee78

September 10th, 2012
8:04 pm

Folks lets remember that the coaches real answer to the question and public answer he gives are not necessarily the same answer.

fuzzybee78

September 10th, 2012
8:07 pm

Ken any news or Orwin’s shoulder issue?

Delbert D.

September 10th, 2012
8:08 pm

Sometimes I think CPJ is just playing poker. Nesbitt picked the offense up in one offseason plus a summer, and Shaw played early as a true freshman.

fuzzybee78

September 10th, 2012
8:13 pm

Delbert, you’re right about the poker face on PJ. But I think coach kept it simple for JN in 08 and I think Shaw ran this offense in HS–

fuzzybee78

September 10th, 2012
8:18 pm

Ide like to see a real package for Lee come Clemson game if not sooner. I get the impression that coach has never done that ie played a backup QB who does not have full command of the O.

No big loss

September 10th, 2012
8:27 pm

with Drummond. He just wasn’t that good anyways. Sure I hate to see anyone get injured and hurt but there are better LBs to replace him like Days.

Wondering what’s with Holton…he has yet to actually play in a game so far?

And from CPJ’s comments seems unlikely Lee will touch the ball come Saturday.

Delbert D.

September 10th, 2012
8:31 pm

fuzzybee78 – I believe you are right on Shaw; Flowery Branch ran the TO his junior year after the Shaw boys and Dad attended a camp taught by CPJ, if memory serves. “Simple” featured Jon Dwyer, which helped a lot :)

yeller bug

September 10th, 2012
8:32 pm

Similar to my hope for people to be open minded in this election year and vote for who can get us out of this overspending, high unemployment debacle and not blindly follow their party, I hope that CPJ will continuously evaluate not only who, but what offensive package is best for us this year. If VL is the real deal—strong accurate passes, gifted running, sound ball management, etc. but struggles with the TO, then please get him in the game and do less TO. Run it enough to make D’s prep for it, but open up the playbook and tailor your game plan around the personnel we have. The goal is to win the game so use personnel in the best way to accomplish that.

GTGirl

September 10th, 2012
9:08 pm

@No big loss-I’m told Fred has a ‘deep bruise’ on his right foot that is keeping him from playing.

Hayseed Dixie

September 10th, 2012
9:46 pm

Couldn’t believe they burned Gotsis redshirt. Not in a bad way, just seems quick.

Ken, who made that call, Groh or CPJ? Makes you wonder how he did in camp.

I mean, ultimatley it’s CPJ, but somebody else on the staff had to have said “we need this kid, now”.

Were they afraid he’d go back to Australia if he didn’t get playing time?

Hayseed Dixie

September 10th, 2012
9:49 pm

Oh and KEEP POLITICS OFF OF THIS BLOG.

Some of you guys, for *either* side, just can’t get enough. You have a problem, and that’s cool. Just go do it somewhere else.

KEEP THE POLITICS ELSEWHERE. NO ONE WANTS TO HEAR IT.

BLT

September 10th, 2012
9:49 pm

Delbert, unfortunately I think you may be correct. His brother went to SC because of a rumour about Tech. Jaybo did well though at Southern.

I’m about done with this circus…

BLT

September 10th, 2012
9:56 pm

Hayseed, I’m not much of a political person. Really don’t care. I want my team to win.The only thing I mentioned was 09/11/2001. If that’s an issue then I won’t post. It was a different blog. Go Jackets!

yeller bug

September 10th, 2012
10:00 pm

I assume your politics comment was directed at me Hayseed and with due respect I cannot commit that I’ll fully comply—this election is far more important than all of football. Besides it was offered as an analogy—my hope is that CPJ will not be too stubborn and dedicated to his TO offense if Vad Lee develops quickly into a playmaker, yet is not the most efficient in running the TO. If this occurs, he should adapt his offense to suit his personnel that gives us the best chance to win.

yeller bug

September 10th, 2012
10:07 pm

I don’t think it was you BLT—you made an excellent post and reminded all of the sacrifice that many are doing each day so we can be free and thus bloviate on football blogs. Any praise to all who have given and are giving in service to this great country is worthy and appropriate at any time—IMHO.

ToeMeetsLeather

September 10th, 2012
10:09 pm

If this Gotsis experiment works out, maybe it will lead to a recruiting pipeline to “down under”. Would like to know how things are progressing on the academic side for the big guy. I’m really looking forward to seeing his progress for the remainder of the year, because we are really going to need a big contribution from him on the DLine next year with the loss of Cross and Barnes..

fuzzybee78

September 10th, 2012
10:14 pm

Yellar I agree with you. Vad runs well and throws well. In most offenses thats more than enough! Let him practice the TO in practice but get him on the field some and lets see what happens. I like TW as a player and a person but Vad has a lot of upside and besides that he needs to be ready if TW gets hurt or “loses his helmet”.

BTW — I think these defenses are now pulling helmets in the pile to force the backup in the game. This is a dumb rule and is going to cost somebody a game in a crucial situation.

FL Jacket

September 10th, 2012
10:17 pm

I think getting Gotsis snaps is important. If he can hang, he’ll be competing with Shawn Green (a Junior next year) for that NT spot next year.

Gamble, Gotsis, Kallon…futures bright y’all

1 4 GT

September 10th, 2012
10:23 pm

International Wrecking Crew!!! Y’all!!!

yeller bug

September 10th, 2012
10:24 pm

@fuzzy: He only threw 3 passes, but they were all strikes….not a lot of data yet to go crazy, but Vad could be the best passing QB we’ve had since..wow…Joe Hamilton or Shawn Jones. He runs like them too. Others have commented that CPJ is playing a little poker, but I hope we’ll see some offensive sets with Vad in there. He could be the Real Deal (with apologies to Hayseed for the politcal pun on our current governor’s former campaign slogan).

FL Jacket

September 10th, 2012
10:26 pm

Yeller…Vad throws the most catchable ball since CPJ has been here. Hell, maybe even better than Bennett, Ball, and Suggs.

He has happy feet…easing him in will help him settle down and throw with good form and run the option.

Ol'JacketFan

September 10th, 2012
10:31 pm

No doubt Vad has a plus arm, his strike to Jeff Greene was effortless and right on the money before Greene came out of his break. In my opinion CJPJ’s bringing him along exactly the right way. He’ll be the next Tech QB to assault the record books barring injury.

Ol'JacketFan

September 10th, 2012
10:33 pm

Fl Jacket, he already throws s a better ball than those three. He mechanics remind me of Geno Smith at WVU

FL Jacket

September 10th, 2012
10:35 pm

OJF…you mean Pat White?

FL Jacket

September 10th, 2012
10:36 pm

OJF… I’m reminded of Troy Smith but taller

Ol'JacketFan

September 10th, 2012
10:38 pm

Fl Jacket, If I remember correctly, and it’s been a long day ;-) Geno Smith is the QB at WVU now. I need to go back and look at Pat White because he definitley threw a pretty ball.

FL Jacket

September 10th, 2012
10:39 pm

Ahhh… I was thinking of the FSU Geno Smith

Ol'JacketFan

September 10th, 2012
10:39 pm

I saw some of the highlights of Geno a few days ago and when I went back and watched the replay of Saturday’s game I saw some very similiar things with Vad

Ol'JacketFan

September 10th, 2012
10:40 pm

Light bulb now I understand what you were commenting on LOL!

1 4 GT

September 10th, 2012
10:44 pm

Someone remind me of how much eligibility Vad will have after this season. This is his 2nd year in school. If I am correct, he could go to the NFL after next season if he wishes??

FL Jacket

September 10th, 2012
10:46 pm

1 4…if he wanted to, it wouldn’t be until after the 2013 season

FL Jacket

September 10th, 2012
10:47 pm

But let’s not write his ticket yet when he’s only complete 1 career pass :)

Ol'JacketFan

September 10th, 2012
10:48 pm

1 4 he has 3 years eligibilityafter this year so I think he has 2 more before he could go to the NFL.

FL Jacket

September 10th, 2012
10:51 pm

Can’t go pro unless you’ve been enrolled for 3 years in college…which means true Junior or RS Sophmore

1 4 GT

September 10th, 2012
10:51 pm

Thanks….That’s what I thought. I know he has 4 years eligibility counting this one. I wouldn’t blame him for going if it works to his $ benefit, but would sure like to him at least stay thru graduation. Maybe even use it up ala TW & Leinert & take ball room dancing ala Leinert.

FL Jacket

September 10th, 2012
10:52 pm

Oh wow…Philip Wheeler starting for the Raiders

FL Jacket

September 10th, 2012
10:53 pm

Haha…or work on finishing a Masters like Christian Ponder

Ol'JacketFan

September 10th, 2012
10:53 pm

I never had been able to figure out when, I guess 3 total years then you can leave.