I’m still getting notes together from the Tuesday news conference, but thought I’d give you Paul Johnson’s full responses to a couple questions about Vad Lee. Here ya go.
Q: Will Lee play against Virginia?
A: We’ll see. I’m going to try to play him some. I’m not going to commit myself to saying he’s going to be in the second series or third series or whatever. I’ll play by feel, to some degree. Vad and I will know that. Nobody else will. I think he did some positive things. He’s got great upside. He’d be the first to tell you, as I said yesterday, that he’s got a lot of things to work on.
The thing that’s remarkable, because of the position, the most popular guy on the team is always the backup quarterback Once Vad plays for a while, it’ll probably be Justin (Thomas). Everywhere I’ve coached, that’s just the way it is. Anthony Harrell went in at linebacker and knocked the snot out of some people and caused two fumbles and nobody’s wanting to know if he’s gong to play again. Trey Braun went in and played offensive guard and did really well, but nobody’s wondering when he’s going to play again.
It’s the nature of the position. But he’s got ability, and we’re going to try to bring him along and not throw him to the lions. He’s still a redshirt freshman. He’s still got a long time to be here and a long time to learn but we’re excited about where he is.
Q: So is he the backup?
A: Situational. It would depend on the situation. Synjyn (Days) is playing A-back mostly in practice, but he’ll still spend some time at quarterback depending on what you’re trying to do and what gives you the best chance. It’s hopeful that as we move along, [Lee] will progress himself to the point that you feel good about him in that situation, could possibly progress to the point where he’s playing all the time some. I don’t know that he will beat the other guy (Tevin Washington) out this year, but there could be a situation where , if he progresses and continues to get better, that we could play with both of them some.
My interpretation: Lee will be brought along slowly and may play in some games, but probably not all. If he continues to progress, he could possibly take up some of Washington’s snaps. I’m not sure what “all the time some” means. I took it as a malapropism.
My Anthony Harrell blog will be up next. (Kidding)
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In case you missed it…
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog