Tech’s Lee gaining momentum

The more Vad Lee plays, the better he seems to get.

The Georgia Tech quarterback, who made good on five series of work against Maryland on Saturday, has benefited from the playing time he has received behind starter Tevin Washington. He’ll almost certainly see meaningful snaps against North Carolina on Saturday.

“The more times you get live reps in a game, the more confidence comes with it and the more that I feel that I’m getting better,” he said. “I just feel like I can go execute and make plays and just play my game.”

Against the Terrapins, coach Paul Johnson alternated Washington and Lee, giving each two possessions and then switching. It would not be a surprise for coaches to do something similar in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Using that approach against Maryland, “I think both the guys, they were comfortable,” quarterbacks and B-backs coach Brian Bohannon said.

For Lee, the opportunity to play against the Tar Heels is particularly meaningful. While in high school, Lee saw himself playing quarterback in Carolina blue. Tar Heels coaches weren’t quite as enthusiastic about the vision.

“Carolina is always a place I thought I’d end up, but it didn’t end up that way,” said Lee.

Lee grew up in nearby Durham, starring at Hillside High. He was not nearly as high a priority for North Carolina as he was for Tech, which saw him as a difference-making quarterback. Lee saw himself the same way.

“They’ve got a new coaching staff now,” said Lee, who Tuesday said he expected about 12 family members to attend the game. “It’s no hard feelings or anything to Carolina. I’m glad that I’m here, being able to be a quarterback and make plays and get to play against a great team, UNC.”

Johnson has wanted to give Lee playing time, but has sometimes felt the need to keep Washington on the field in situations where he felt Tech needed to maximize its scoring opportunities to win. Johnson also said he wanted Lee to earn playing time in practice.

A rout of Boston College gave him more snaps. After a dismal offensive performance against BYU, Johnson decided to alternate Washington and Lee against Maryland. In five possessions against the Terrapins, then ranked No. 7 in the country in total defense, Lee led Tech to three touchdowns. One of his favorite plays was his only completion, out of two attempts, to A-back Orwin Smith, a 26-yard completion. Lee said it was the same play that the Jackets ran when wide receiver Jeff Greene dropped a pass from Lee that could have been a 49-yard touchdown reception.

The Terrapins “kind of got smart and they went with Jeff, and Orwin had a little hole between the corner and the other safety, so I just tried to throw it in the hole,” he said.

Johnson said Tuesday that, where earlier in the season Lee had to run a different set of plays because he couldn’t execute the entire scheme, “we’re to the point now with Vad where he’s going to run the same stuff that everybody else runs.”

He hasn’t run the triple-option play, the staple of the Tech offense, much, though.

Against Maryland, “we had things going that weren’t necessarily where he had to read everything out, but I think the time’s coming, he’s just going to have to do it,” Bohannon said. “If you’re going to be the quarterback here, he’s going to have to do it.”

The next step is just more game time.

“I think you can’t replace those reps when he gets out there and plays and continues to improve and do it when the game’s on the line, not just at the end,” Bohannon said.

It sounds good to Lee.

“For some reason, when those lights turn on and it’s game time, I’m ready,” he said. “I feel like I can’t be stopped.”

In case you missed it…

Notes: Tech will try to slow UNC tempo

Johnson on UNC, Oregon, Saban, Lee

Notes: Tech on high alert for Bernard

Notes: Starting QB decision will wait again

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

96 comments Add your comment

SJ

November 7th, 2012
9:57 pm

Lovd Lee’s confidence.

hashbrown dwag

November 7th, 2012
9:59 pm

first…..

not that i expect it to happen but wackier things have happened.

miami takes itself out of the bowl picture with self imposed penalty.

tech wins out including a pay back win of ga. remember when a mediocre ga team beat the heck out of a ranked gt team a few years back. this would put gt in the acc championship game.

gt defeats clemon or fsu in the acc championship game with vad vlad lee at the helm. this would definitely be karma at its best after we were stripped of our last title.

an 8-5 gt team goes bcs bowling.

it could happen but not likely. ya never know what a new qb can do to a team.

VAD VLAD LEE

CT_Jacket

November 7th, 2012
10:00 pm

I always thought this offense needed a Dennis Dixon type of QB to make it really special and open up the Run and Shoot part of the offense. Lee looks like he could be that type of player. Now, we just need a defense to get our offense on the field as much as possible.

Delbert D.

November 7th, 2012
10:08 pm

Lee is going to miss a read, keep the ball and get wrapped up or smacked down. It happens. Back to the huddle, next play.

StPeteWreck

November 7th, 2012
10:11 pm

FL Jacket

November 7th, 2012
10:37 pm

I think until we hit a few long passing plays…we may have rough sledding trying to run. It’s time we hit some long ones on Saturday.

Georgia Tech Old Timer

November 7th, 2012
10:39 pm

Just waiting for Johnson to figure out that – two QB’s in the back field at the same time gives him another option when running the TO – first the pitch and then the pass. I’m sure he can also figure out the many additional options this combination presents for the offense – as well as for the headaches the defense will have trying to figure out who to take and who to cover. Just pick two of the three who are now finally coming to the field to play rther than watching from the bench.

Georgia Tech Old Timer

November 7th, 2012
10:44 pm

FL Jacket – We need some one other than a running back who can get down field and actually makes an effort to catch the ball.

George Stein

November 7th, 2012
10:58 pm

God, this is a GT Joe wet dream.

Seriously, though, it’s great to hear he’s coming along.

dry dirt road

November 7th, 2012
11:02 pm

all important pt “on the job training”, phase out grad school TW near end of season and end of his career, try to phase out TO offense, install O that Favors shotgun for a start, then pistol, then wildcat, and tight end, shovel pass, screen pass, with TO as available after other formations have taken big lead

dry dirt road

November 7th, 2012
11:07 pm

Stein, don’t get carried away, those guys used to be students and classmates with me, they aren’t any different, drop the hero worshipping

dry dirt road

November 7th, 2012
11:11 pm

Stein, I used to talk to some of those guys in Skiles Classroom building, had Eddie McAshan in a class, he used to sit in back, as if he was lined up behind center at L O S, actually even in shotgun distance from front of class and prof

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November 7th, 2012
11:12 pm

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dry dirt road

November 7th, 2012
11:13 pm

no shotguns existed in ‘71-2 season, but white helmets did for a first

dry dirt road

November 7th, 2012
11:16 pm

Eddie must have known that shotguns were the O of the future all the way back in ‘71-2, 40 years ago

I love Jan Kemp

November 7th, 2012
11:52 pm

Dont know if we can beat UNC if we dont have long sustained drives. Dont care WHOS at QB as long as they make plays!!

Dawghater

November 7th, 2012
11:59 pm

PAUL JOHNSON is stubborn and won’t play Vad for the entire game because it’s means he is wrong about Tevin! Tevin can’t get it done! Van can!

ToeMeetsLeather

November 8th, 2012
7:07 am

I think CPJ has played things out about right this year. The one wild card was the fact that no one anticipated how god awful the defense would be, including Johnson. With just average defensive play we would have been 5-0 going into the Clemson game. TW was doing enough to win games up to that point.

I have to believe CPJ when he says Lee was limited in what he was able to run offensively while in the game. In retrospect, the BYU game is probably the only game Lee should have played more snaps. It was obvious from the get go that TW’s skill set was too limited to move the ball against their D.

We are going to have to throw the ball around more than we did last week to defeat a good TarHole bunch. Maybe this is the game Lee explodes onto the scene, against his favorite childhood team no less.

Bored in Newnan

November 8th, 2012
7:22 am

Looks like Tech will have a solid starting QB in 2013. Now Johnson just needs to find a solid B back.

Jacket Detective

November 8th, 2012
7:38 am

The Jacket Detective strikes again with an exert from Dodd’s Luck revealing alums trying to find some reason to fire Bobby Dodd after his first year.
Check Ken’s “Notes: Tech will try to slow UNC’s tempo”.

Jacket Detective

November 8th, 2012
7:46 am

I was surprised I could get such a good seat for “opening night’, just ordered on Wednesday.
Shame on me for waiting so late.
Shame on you for not buying at all.
Go Jackets.

Buzzed

November 8th, 2012
8:19 am

J-Dick: WTH is an ‘exert’?

dry dirt road

November 8th, 2012
8:23 am

on the same page with him if he typed “excerpt”

dry dirt road

November 8th, 2012
8:25 am

Speaking of momentum, Tech needs to quit playing catch up, meaning if they win the first coin toss, elect to receive in order to establish momentum

Jacket time

November 8th, 2012
8:25 am

Stein that is hilarious!

If Vad can be one of those players who elevates those around him. Man, we are in for some exciting games.

10per

November 8th, 2012
8:27 am

I hope that Vad Lee’s playbook has a few more plays in it than the 5 we run with Tevin.

Nope, 10per...

November 8th, 2012
8:48 am

…it is Paul Johnson’s playbook, so the same 5 will be run over and over and over…

Sorry, Jacket Det...

November 8th, 2012
8:51 am

…but I don’t see the connection on the Dodd story – that was his FIRST year, and this is CPJ’s FIFTH year, if that is your attempt at a connection…

The Dulous, '70

November 8th, 2012
9:03 am

We still got to be able to kick an extra point…….

gt laugher

November 8th, 2012
9:04 am

unc is favored by 9 and idiots on here talk about winning out with uga left. lol i wouldn’t be surprised for duke to beat you.

Slovak

November 8th, 2012
9:12 am

If VaTech and GaTech tie, we will have Cotechs as Costal champs.

Jacket Detective

November 8th, 2012
9:17 am

I’d bet Supersize agrees with Jim Mora that Randall Goforth’s (UCLA player) impersonator on twitter should go to jail. Mora also says impersonator is a scumbag. Supersize has had a problem too with an impersonator on these blogs as have others of us.

gt laugher

November 8th, 2012
9:19 am

no vt goes slovak cause they beat gt. duh
but that won’t happen cause unc will play smear the qu**r” this saturday and win by 20. oh and gt’s dreams of going to a bowl and extending that streak will end. yep that coach is awesome!! at least gailey never missed a bowl. of course it’s probablya good thing seeing how dismal coach is in bowl games.

Jacket Detective

November 8th, 2012
9:19 am

If u r a Tech fan, at least buy the Tulane/Uga package and attend opening night.
I was surprised how good a seat I got.
Shame on me for waiting so late.
Shame on you for not buying at all.

gt laugher

November 8th, 2012
9:21 am

detective, you mean supersize mutt..the guy who said gt would go 11-1 and beat uga this year? lmao. yeah that’s someone i want to take advice from. he probably called romney in a landslide too. lmfao.

matt

November 8th, 2012
9:25 am

middle tennessee state

matt

November 8th, 2012
9:26 am

matt

November 8th, 2012
9:26 am

2005 Emerald Utah 10-38 L
2006 Gator West Virginia 35-38 L
2007 Humanitarian Fresno State 28-40 L
2008 Chick-fil-A LSU 3-38 L
2009 Orange Iowa 14-24 L
2010 Independence Air Force 7-14 L
2011 Sun Utah (OT) 27-30 L

White&Gold

November 8th, 2012
9:29 am

matt, you should probably get off ajc before your teacher sees that you’re not gathering information for you history paper that’s due tomorrow.

tooltime432

November 8th, 2012
9:39 am

matt you really need to find a hobby. You must live a pretty sad and pathetic life if the only thing you have to do every day is post mtsu ad our bowl records. Get a life dude.

1 4 GT

November 8th, 2012
10:53 am

Sorry, Jacket Det….Dodd was actually de facto HC starting in 1942 with the Kentucky game after Coach Aleck’s heart attack. For a good bit of the 1942 and longer Coach Aleck’s doctors did not even allow him to listen to the games on the radio, & his household enforced doctor’s orders very strictly. As an unnamed HC, Dodd received many votes as coach of the year in 1942, I believe. One New York paper named Coach Aleck, by a poll of HC’s across the nation, Coach of the Year. The Nashville Banner had Butts COY for the SEC and Coach Aleck second and Coach Dodd fourth. While I find this kind of info fascinating, it illustrates on three points very well. 1st….Dodd & GT had early success, a couple of lean years and the wolves began howling. 2nd….Coach Dodd was very thankful there was no internet in his day. He would have been as vilified as CPJ is today. 3rd….The fans were just as fickle then as they are now. Selah.

Jacket Detective

November 8th, 2012
11:03 am

@Buzzed.
That where 2 years of Tech English will get u.

Jacket Detective

November 8th, 2012
11:06 am

Connection to Dodd story was how bent out of shape fans get.
BTW we are stuck with CPJ so we might as well hope he knows something.

Jacket Detective

November 8th, 2012
11:13 am

@1 4 GT.
Agreed.
And I am glad I posted it to get the addition info.
I just happened to open it to that page and thought I would add it to our “debates”.
You got what I was about with it.

www

November 8th, 2012
11:23 am

http://deadspin.com/5958609/just-a-hunch-to-win-what-might-have-been-his-biggest-game-darrell-royal-had-texas-do-the-very-thing-he-hated

“Former University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal despised the forward pass. “Three things can happen,” he famously said of throwing the football, “and two of them are bad.” In 1968, Royal rolled out a scheme that allowed Texas’s offense to be effective with minimal passing. The wishbone, as it was called, was a variation of the veer…”

GT Fan

November 8th, 2012
11:26 am

GT Joe, wherever you are right now, make sure you read the sentence in Ken’s blog that I’ve cut/pasted below before you rant about Vad starting over Tevin all season.

He hasn’t run the triple-option play, the staple of the Tech offense, much, though.

It was obvious that VL didn’t know the TO and other reads that TW knows. As well, I think most people who post on these blogs see the upside in Vad. Would love to see him continue his progression on Saturday.

www

November 8th, 2012
11:28 am

matt loves posting the same stuff over and over. i LOVE the dedicated tech fans!

1 4 GT

November 8th, 2012
11:29 am

BTW….Dodd’s deal with Tech starting in 1945, when he officially became HC, was $8,400 per year with a percentage of concessions to bring his pay up to around $14,000 per year. Quite a payday back then. I don’t want to leave any misunderstanding of the relationship between Coach Aleck & Dodd. Coach Aleck returned to the sidelines prior to the Cotton Bowl on 1-1-1943. His activities were somewhat limited & Dodd took a lot of weight off of him. Dodd’s “luck” was that with the title of HC came high expectations. Tech went to the Cotton, Orange & Sugar Bowls in successive years 1-1-1943 & 44 & 45 & then went 4-6 in 1945. And the howling began. So in a way, the doubters had more ammo then they do now.

1 4 GT

November 8th, 2012
11:36 am

FYI….GT Joe and other doubters….Tevin will definitely start against Duke. He is a grad student now and it is Senior Day. So, get over that. Vad may start against UNC, but I don;t think so myself. I don’t really care if they are both as effective as they were last Saturday against Md. They will both play & I personally, as of today, think that is a good thing.

1 4 GT

November 8th, 2012
11:38 am

exert is an effort