Washington, Lee share snaps, victory

By Chris Eckard

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Moments before he entered Saturday’s game against Maryland, Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee had the rest of his offense jumping to the beat of “Zombie Nation” blaring on the public-address system.

He knew he would have at least two series, and he wanted to make sure his teammates were as fired up as he was. That passion led to direct back-to-back touchdown drives that essentially put the game out of reach midway through the second quarter.

The seamless back-and-forth transitions between Tevin Washington and Lee helped the Tech offense pummel one of the stingier ACC defenses en route to a 33-13 victory.

“I was just ready to go,” Lee said. “When we come ready to play, that’s when we’re at our best.”

With a quarterback controversy brewing between the senior and the redshirt freshman, Johnson said he decided Thursday that he would switch between Washington and Lee every two series against the Terps, but that Washington would receive the starting nod.

“We weren’t sure how they were going to play defensively with a new coordinator,” Johnson said. “We wanted to play both quarterbacks, but I felt it was important to start the game with Tevin because he’s more experienced. Whatever they lined up in, he would have a better feel for what checks to make and that sort of thing.”

Tech’s first drive stalled after crossing midfield, but Washington helped guide the offense 69 yards on the ensuing possession for the first touchdown. Johnson then switched to Lee, who led successive touchdown drives of 33 and 49 yards.

Overall, Lee completed a 26-yard pass, and finished with 64 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Washington quietly had an effective game as well, with 31 rushing yards and a touchdown.

“I thought they both did some good things,” Johnson said. “We didn’t throw the ball a lot. We threw it four times and, really, we should have completed all four.”

The interchanging of quarterbacks didn’t seem to have much affect on the rest of the offense, which churned out 370 rushing yards.

“I practice just as much with Vad as I do Tevin,” A-back Orwin Smith said. “So it’s really just the same thing. You just got out and do your thing.”

While Washington wasn’t available after the game because he was receiving medical treatment, Lee said their relationship has continued to stay positive.

“Me and Tevin help each other out,” Lee said. “When I see something on the sideline, when I see the [defensive end] coming hard or the safety falling off, I’ll let him know. But he also does the same thing for me when I’m in. We’re going after a common goal and that’s to win.”

As far as the future is concerned, though, Johnson refused to tip his hand.

“[Tevin’s] been the starting quarterback, so he started,” Johnson said. “We’ll go week by week and see how it goes.”

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November 3rd, 2012
7:30 pm


November 3rd, 2012
7:31 pm

Good win. Hope Tech can keep it up and beat UNC next week.


November 3rd, 2012
7:37 pm

Offense was getting it done today against the nation’s 4th best run defense. Need a little better play from the receivers, blocking and …receiving. Overall, pretty good day.

Supersize that order, mutt

November 3rd, 2012
8:20 pm

I like rotating the QB’s like that. Of course, it doesn’t always pay off, but it sure did today

Jim 70

November 3rd, 2012
8:24 pm

Good game, need to beat duke and unc, then see what happens with uga. But not a losing season until the bowl game!

I like what cpj did with the qbs.

Ken, thanks for the update.

...Take The Wheel

November 3rd, 2012
9:57 pm

Ken thanks for another good story.

It looks like the team is working through the adversity and not letting the negativity of others get to them. Good effort, Good win! Way to get back on the right tract! Here we are, staring at a very real possibility of winning Coastal!! This is precisely why you don’t give up on the season half way through!

Good job using all your resources PJ!! Please get the kicker together before Saturday :-)


November 3rd, 2012
10:48 pm

Guys they had a linbacker playing QB.

I love Jan Kemp

November 3rd, 2012
11:20 pm

That’s it! MC you’re brilliant! all we have to do is get all the other teams we play to use their 5th string QB/LB and we’ll win out! we can even bring Groh back! LOL

yeller bug

November 4th, 2012
5:54 am

A win is a win and we did churn up some yards on a good D.

Been saying this is the best way for Tech to use it’s QBs—they each have different talents so utilize them both. Hope we implement a more varied attack on offense—-I still think running Vad from the pistol with a pass-first mentality is better than under center. In fact, I wouldn’t even run them in separate series, but even situational—dependent on down and field position—substitute them like RBs and WRs. If Vad operates from the pistol, then there’s no “center-QB” exchange concern. He can learn the TO next year—this year, use his athleticism to make plays in a formation that he is confortable with.


November 4th, 2012
8:21 am

Autry is done for the year ??
That hurts he was looking like GT best reciever….


November 4th, 2012
8:23 am

Oregon has a run heavy offense but they throw it more than 4 times in a game…
What is this guys problem with the forward pass ??


November 4th, 2012
8:24 am

Brite future:
Vad Lee QB
Ant Autry WR
J Greene WR
S Days A-Back
B Snoddy B-Back
M Allen B-Back
T Zenon A-Back
BJ Bostic B-Back

Braun, Mason, Joe, OL

J Hunt-Days LB
Q Neally LB
Gotsis DL

Oh, and the dude returning kicks at DB

All young and look real good
CPJ has the team setup for National title in near future

1-0 without AD D-Rad

tired from all the frustrations of being a yellow jacket

November 4th, 2012
8:51 am

After watching saturday, I truly believe that tech can run the table. georgia is very good but can be beaten. there is nothing more discouraging to a team when the other team dominates the clock. It WILL be a contest-count on it!


November 4th, 2012
9:28 am

North Carolina gonna put 50pts on Techs D…
They gonna put 8 in the box and force Tech to throw which Tech hasn’t and can’t do..
CPJ will play Vlad for 2 series but chicken out cause they losing ..
GT 28 NC 56


November 4th, 2012
9:36 am

tired from all the frustrations of being a yellow jacket; You sir having been drinking way to much kool aid. UGA will put up at least 45 on this team, probably more. They might score 21 on special teams alone. Then you factor in that they play Ga Southern, a triple option team the week before they play Tech and we might not score 10 points. Remember we couldn’t score a touchdown against BYU. This will be the worst Tech-UGA game in the last 10years since they ran over and around Chan Gailey 51 to something.


November 4th, 2012
10:45 am

Both QBs were equally effective against MD. Vad looked like he is getting the hang of the TO.


November 4th, 2012
10:49 am

Who cares if they were using their 5th string quarterback? Was GT supposed to spot them 3 TDs to make it ‘fair’? GT played the Maryland team and beat them, W in the win column.


November 4th, 2012
11:07 am

It would be sweet revenge for the 2009 season, when GT was 10-1 with UGA being 7-6 going into the game. GT has a team, what is critical for them is have CPJ bring a solid game plan and having the right players psyched up to execute. V Lee, S Days, O Smith, D Sims on the field at the same time looked pretty impressive.


November 4th, 2012
11:15 am

Sorry, that should have been 6-5 for UGA’s record going into the Tech game in 2009. Still working on the coffee this morning.

Veteran Fan

November 4th, 2012
11:15 am

Great win for a very young team on the road! Tough one next week against the cheaters. Two-headed quarterback monster is the nightmare ACC defensive coordinators have feared since Coach Johnson came to the Flats! Coach is playing a lot of young guys who are getting valuable game experience. Let’s take them one at a time and we can run the table, including the vastly over-hyped country bumpkins in Athens. Let’s make plans now to gather at Grant Field in two weeks and cheer on our Yellow Jackets against a good Duke team! I will be there as there is nothing better than a fall afternoon in Grant Field watching the Yellow Jackets play football! The only thing that comes close is basketball games in Alexander Coliseum and Friday I will be there enjoying that!


November 4th, 2012
11:30 am

You have to be joking to think you can beat UGA. Do you think Middle Tenn is better than UGA? Give me a break. What are you all smoking.


November 4th, 2012
11:49 am

Every dog has it’s day.

BIrmingham Jacket

November 4th, 2012
11:59 am

Why Vad Lee is having to share snaps with Tevin Washington is like asking an Obama voter why he’s voting “O” and not for the obvious more qualified candidate.

TW needs to get his diploma, and go make some good money in a job other than football.

Vad Lee is the man!


November 4th, 2012
12:13 pm

Doesn’t look like AJC’s server knows about standard time returning. I’m sure logins will be right along any minute, right?

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Home Crowd

November 4th, 2012
2:26 pm

Hey MC…..Yes, they had a 5th string linebacker playing QB, HOWEVER, he wasn’t playing on defense…. the Maryland D had just as many healthy players as they did all season, so this wasn’t b/c UM had a 5th string QB…. GT offense moved the ball at will.

Now, if Maryland could have sustained a few drives and kept GT offense off the field, yes the outcome could have been slightly different but I don’t see how Maryland was going to stop GT on this day. At best, Maryland probably could have closed the gap…Maybe 33-23 or 33-27….. GT should have made PAT and another FG….so in theory, it could have been 37-24 or 37-30 w/ a healthy MD QB.

Home Crowd

November 4th, 2012
2:29 pm

Vad is from Durham…so he will be pumped for this game. CPJ will probably give him majority of the snaps b/c of this.

Duke ran all over UNC…so I don’t see UNC being disciplined enough to stop GT offensively. The problem will be stopping Brenard Giovanni…..he’ll roll up 200+ yds of rushing and our D will be tired by the 3rd qtr due to hurry up offense UNC runs… UNC 41 GT 35

big gt fan

November 4th, 2012
5:34 pm

lee is the better qb we would have at least two more wins if cpj would have played from day one

Vad 4 Heisman

November 4th, 2012
6:07 pm

vad lee should start and play every snap. tevin is a division 2 player and needs to step aside and let vad develop.


November 4th, 2012
9:02 pm

Tev is a senior and has started all year so you know he will start against NC and Duke (which is Senior Day).


November 4th, 2012
10:19 pm

Birmingham Jacket:
If you really knew much about Tevin you would know he alread had is “diploma” in May!

And I really don’t see how you folks can believe that Tevin is the problem, or that Vad is the fix. Neither of them plays defense, and while Tevin is clearly the better passer, maybe ut has not occurred to you that this offense is not set up to feature the forward pass. As if anyone other than the backs could catch a pass!


November 4th, 2012
10:20 pm

I meant VAD is the better passer, sorry.

GT Joe

November 5th, 2012
9:40 am

A-mazed: you crack me up. The biggest Tevin apologist around. You and Take the Wheel, aka TW Fan.

Your arguments for Tevin to start are funny. you never mention stats. you never mention facts. You only make excuses for Tevin (the defense, etc.).


November 5th, 2012
10:25 am

Question for GT / ACC folks. Can NC or Miami play for the ACC championship game this year? NC is on probation from post season and my understanding is the U has banned themselves from post season play while awaiting the NCAA decision. If so wouldn’t that put Tech very much in play to go the Charlotte in December?

vad 4 heisman

November 5th, 2012
2:24 pm

tevin deserves to be on the sideline and try to learn how to throw a spiral and then come back in. Vad Lee.