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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