3 points regarding Georgia Tech, the first concerning Vad Lee

Vad Lee on his 79-yard non-scoring excursion. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

Vad Lee on Saturday's 79-yard non-scoring excursion. (AJC photo by Johnny Crawford)

1. Vad Lee might just be the top-end talent Georgia Tech otherwise lacks. Granted, it was one game against Presbyterian, but still: In the the third quarter alone, the redshirt freshman Lee authored the sixth-longest pass completion in Tech annals (82 yards to Jeff Greene) and the longest non-scoring run (79 yards) in school history. Lee isn’t apt to become the starting quarterback anytime soon — he’s still too raw — but he at least gives Paul Johnson a change-of-pace option.

2. For one night, the big plays were back. Tech’s longest gain from scrimmage at Virginia Tech was 22 yards. It had eight plays of 39 yards or longer Saturday night, four in the blowout third quarter. Again, this was against Presbyterian. But not since the record-setting Kansas game (66 points, 768 yards) of last September had the Jackets’ offense displayed such a separation gear (59 points, 712 yards). Johnson’s spread option is a different animal when the yards come in chunks.

3. The Jackets responded to the Virginia Tech loss in a mostly positive way. True, they fumbled four times (losing three), but you can’t have it all. Everything else was impressive enough to send this team into a key fortnight — home games against Coastal division brethren Virginia and Miami, both of whom beat Tech last season — feeling better about themselves. If the Jackets are to hang close enough to have a chance to catch Virginia Tech, they have to win these next two.

By Mark Bradley

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Old devil

September 9th, 2012
1:30 pm

Old Devil

September 9th, 2012
1:33 pm

WOW, I got first comment on DOB’s blog, first on Mark Bradley’s blog, AND a Happy Birthday RT on DOB twitter feed all on the same day! Man oh Man…I think it’s time for a nap

Winners and Losers

September 9th, 2012
1:51 pm

Vad Lee is a much better Qb today than Washington is.

Leroy

September 9th, 2012
1:52 pm

It looks like CPJ is finally realizing that to win at this level he needs some more outside-the-box “wrinkles” on his offense. He’s starting to try some crazy stuff. Like forward passes and the QB standing a few steps back from the line.

Mark Bradley

September 9th, 2012
1:55 pm

Joe

September 9th, 2012
2:08 pm

As a UGA fan, I have no idea why Gt would not just go with Lee from here out. There is nothing to lose. There are no other big-time skill players on the roster. Lee can be a difference maker. He may be raw, but he gives you the chance to be explosive on offense, which Washington does not.

I hope that Johnson continues to ride Washington, especially when they play Gt, but Lee will make other DC’s stay up late at night with worry.

Josh

September 9th, 2012
2:14 pm

Hey Mark, do you think the Jackets will pull off the wins against UVA and Miami?

mrb

September 9th, 2012
2:18 pm

Vad obviously can’t make the reads in the TO or he’d be the starter. That said, I’d like to see him on the field a lot more.

Jacket Man

September 9th, 2012
2:36 pm

My guess is that Vad will get several reps against Virginia as well, and prove that he can be successful against the supposed more “talented” players. Once he does that, he’ll get more and more snaps and will be starter before the end of the season, with the Jackets running more and more plays out of the pistol formation.

macrotech

September 9th, 2012
2:36 pm

Leroy…no doubt, CPJ has come to this realization because of the thoughts of all the armchair coaches posting on blogs! I ,however, am going to go with the possibility that CPJ has made changes based on the talent at his disposal.

Vad Lee gave us a glimpse of Tech’s future…so bright that I might have to wear shades! TW has the most knowledge of this offense and is our best option at the moment…looking forward to seeing our team match up with Virginia and Miami later this month!!! GO TECH!!!

misterwax

September 9th, 2012
2:37 pm

I think he will win the starting job this week in practice….tevin is not handling the ball well too many times to retain the starting gig.

Mark Bradley

September 9th, 2012
2:47 pm

I picked Tech to lose to Miami a couple of months back, but I’m rethinking.

Predictor

September 9th, 2012
3:01 pm

Leroy
September 9th, 2012
1:52 pm

It looks like CPJ is finally realizing that to win at this level he needs some more outside-the-box “wrinkles” on his offense.

To win at what level… Presbyterian?

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
3:06 pm

MB I saw where Otis Brumby passed away, did you know him? I grew up in Cobb and knew him most of my life. His impact on Cobb was unbelieveable in years gone by!

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
3:23 pm

Back to the subject at hand, one Vad Lee. I took the time and went back to view a reply of the game this morning, paying particular attention to his play. His mechanics and footwork are well above average, his arm strength is plus and he has an awareness on the field that is obvious. On the long run it was a called QB draw but the snap was not good, he was not fazed, went up got the ball and made the play. No matter the quality of the opposition (or lack thereof) what you see in him will translate. He’s going to make mistakes as all young QBs do but he’s going to make plays that others could not make. I feel CPJ is bringing him along the right way and as the season goes along I expect to see more and more of Vad. In my opinion he’s going to bring a level of play not seen on the Flats since Lil Joe. I eagerly await the Vad Lee era!

slydog

September 9th, 2012
3:24 pm

If CPJ cares about winning and winning championships, then you play the better, more talented players (cough, cough, something Richt has to be forced to do). Forget about how “raw” a player is, this move will give them confidence in the long run as they receive baptism by fire. Start Vad Lee now. He has been on campus for two off-seasons, two springs, two fall camps, and one regular season. If RG3 and Cam Newton can transition from spread offenses in 4 months to NFL-like spread offenses, then so can Vad Lee learn CPJ’s simple offense. Some players play better in games than at practice. Ask Tebow.

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

September 9th, 2012
3:53 pm

Should be a Top 25 team now.

Mark Bradley

September 9th, 2012
3:54 pm

I did not know Mr. Brumby.

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
3:57 pm

MB he was a crusty old SOB but he loved GA and Cobb County. His efforts behind the scenes during the 60s and 70s paved the way to a lot of the economic growth in Cobb. It will be interesting to see if the MDJ continues to shape policy in Cobb, good or bad ;-)

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
3:59 pm

Stephen Hill, 5 for 89 yards and 2 TDs. I guess receivers can’t make the NFL from GT? ;-)

Trueblueeagle

September 9th, 2012
4:04 pm

Georgia Tech 10-1 going into UGA 9-2 dogs

dubious

September 9th, 2012
4:19 pm

“Georgia Tech 10-1 going into UGA 9-2 dogs.”

After a win against the Blue Hose? Please share what you’re smoking.

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR

September 9th, 2012
4:28 pm

Dawgies will be undefeated, and hopefully we will be 10-1, ought to be a GREAT game…..

Stinger 2

September 9th, 2012
4:33 pm

I trust CPJ to make the right decision on how to bring Vad Lee along and when and when not to play him. In defense of Tevin Washington, I believe he is not given the credit he deserves. Since he took over when No. 9 went down, GT has done very well considering their overall talent level and the opponents they played. A couple of big plays against PC should not anoint Vad Lee as the saviour for the GT offense.

#3 Bumble-Bee

September 9th, 2012
4:33 pm

This game elevates us to new heights. We beat VT, but lost the game. We know we were better than them. This game made me realize what a great team we are and that we will not be denied. We have proved we can beat anybody by this 59-3 drubbing of a really good team. VT should be ranked at least #4 in the country with us close behind in front of the mangy mutts. Our Defence is dominate. It is an imovable object while our Offence is The irresistable force that can’t be denied. We are on the cusp of greatness and the fans need to represent our awesomeness. Next week, we can make a statement against a Monster Virginia team. When we destroy them, the world will recognize our greatness and elevate us to our rightful place in the polls. Right around #7. It should be open when the dirty curs get a beatdown by an improved Florida Atlantic. I also think our new uniforms are the bomb.

Predictor

September 9th, 2012
4:36 pm

#3 Bumble-Bee,

Put down the bong and go outside for some fresh air. ;)

WhoCares?

September 9th, 2012
4:38 pm

Really Mark? Against a team thew quality of Presbyterian I could look pretty good. Let’s not get so worked up until there’s a legit opponent please.

gt4ever

September 9th, 2012
4:52 pm

Oh, good grief… It was Presbyterian for goodness sakes! The offense STILL struggled at times… They will continue to struggle against good teams… The defense kept us in the VT game, this vaunted offense had ONE good drive in the VT game… If our defense plays well, we will be close. The days of our offense scoring more than the other team is OVER! We are in for a long year, sorry to say.

#3 Bumble-Bee

September 9th, 2012
5:06 pm

Predictor
Can you predict which finger I’m holding up? You must be an undeserving dog. We will destroy the curs too. We will win the ACC and we own this state.

Stinger 2

September 9th, 2012
5:10 pm

Predictor: I think #3 Bumble Bee was just being funny in a sarcastic way.
If thats the case, I agree with some of what he said.On another note,does anyone know if the PC game was the only time the Jackets will wear those horrible blue jersey uniforms this year?

Supersize that order, mutt

September 9th, 2012
5:12 pm

@ gt4ever…….were you there last night? Are you going next weekend?

Supersize that order, mutt

September 9th, 2012
5:13 pm

Mark, you have some really messed up filters. I can’t get anything to go through, and I haven’t even tried to say anything negative or controversial. What’s up with that?

1 4 GT

September 9th, 2012
5:14 pm

OJF….where do/did you live in Cobb County? I grew up & lived in Marietta & Kennesaw until I moved to Eatonton in July 2002.

Tech Engineer

September 9th, 2012
5:14 pm

Tech should not be playing Presbyterian.

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR (aka Go Jackets)

September 9th, 2012
5:14 pm

I wanna see how we do this weekend and next……I’m not back on the CPJ bandwagon yet. As i posted earlier win 10 beat Ga and win ur bowl game all in same yr and I’ll jump back on…..

Supersize that order, mutt

September 9th, 2012
5:15 pm

@ Tech Engineer……you are right, but neither should UGA be playing GA Southern

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
5:17 pm

1 4, lived off Old Atlanta Rd then moved out on Bells Ferry. Moved to Atl in 76, to CA in 88 and to TN in 04

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
5:20 pm

and Okie State and FSU shouldn’t be playing Sav St but program like that need the money to operate.

1 4 GT

September 9th, 2012
5:21 pm

Wow OJF….you must recall the Economy Ice Cream Shop & the hot dogs!!

#3 Bumble-Bee

September 9th, 2012
5:22 pm

Not to understand the natural progression of this team is to deny it’s destiny. Does a loss mean the end of a season? No, it marks the beginning of another journey. Man evolved because he wasn’t satisfied, he wanted more. We want more. If you must lose, lose early and learn from your mistakes. I believe this team is not a loser. I believe this team was better than VT! I believe this team can win. You so-called fans have become accustomed to losing and that is what you expect.You must change your own expectations so the team can feed off of your influnce. This team can win it all this year, but not with a bunch of loser so-called fans.

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
5:24 pm

TnTech is going to play Oregon on Sept 15th. TnTech is a pretty dang good FCS team but they have no business playing Oregon other than for a pay check. It will be a great experience for their players though.

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
5:25 pm

Oh lord 1 4, hell yes, best dogs other than the Varsity I’ve ever eaten and wonderful ice cream!

1 4 GT

September 9th, 2012
5:29 pm

Sav St got $880,000 from those 2 games, per Wes Durham & DRad on pregame show on the radio. Presby got $400,000 form the GT game plus they play Vandy next week. They’ve built a new weight room with $300,000 from GT. Per DRad, the ACC chipped in some money to make the GT/VT Monday night game happen. Before the payday from GT, they expected to build the new weight room in 3-5 years. Schools like this need the money. Much like Frank Howard & Clemson, when they came to Atlanta every year for a long time. Money!!

#3 Bumble-Bee

September 9th, 2012
5:36 pm

Ol’JacketFan
It was all about the Benjamin’$ with Savannah St. I’m not sure what Fla.St. got out of the deal. Not much, I suppose.
Stinger II, humor and sarcasm go hand in hand. There is still no reason to doubt this team’s improvment. I think with VT, we lost the battle, but could still win the war. Am I crazy because I like the Jackets? Do bee’s be?

1 4 GT

September 9th, 2012
5:42 pm

Dad took the family across town at least once a month to eat there. We couldn’t afford to eat out too much. Now that I think about it though, we also went to the Yellow Jacket Inn across from the Tower, sorta–the Varsity & Old Hickory House on Northside. All those big yellow machines down in the hole @ Yancey Bros. fascinated this young boy back then. Across N’side from Old Hickory House. Good times long ago!

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
5:42 pm

#3 absolutley it was all about the $, Tech had to have a fill in game after the rescheduling of the VT game so here came PC for $. Every team does it, GA played Buffalo and now FL Atlantic. It is what it is and I just have an issue with folks ragging about Tech playing PC.

snellville jacket

September 9th, 2012
5:44 pm

Washington had some dropped passes but he is not as talented as Lee; Lee seems to know how to avoid the rush; and offense seem to respond for him. The pass to green was a thing of beauty. Sit in East Upper Deck and you can see, West Stands Folks sorry not as good view of field.

Ol'JacketFan

September 9th, 2012
5:44 pm

1 4 lots of memories for sure. Rio Vista on 41 for catfish and chicken. Joe’s Steakhouse for hamburger steak and Davis Brothers cafeteria for Sunday lunch after church lol!

GT Engr

September 9th, 2012
5:44 pm

After watching Tevin for three years, I tend to agree with UGA fan “Joe”. Tevin many make fewer mistakes, but his upside is so much lower. After seeing Vad’s arm, GT wouldn’t need a wide open receiver to complete another soft floating pass. Lee also has the size and speed to run the option.

1 4 GT

September 9th, 2012
5:48 pm

#3 Bumble-Bee….Fla State got the same thing GT got….they had WVU scheduled in that spot, but when they cancelled because of moving to the Big12, FSU needed a game to fill out their schedule. Like DRad said on the radio, filling an unexpected schedule hole is difficult & they had to scramble, beg & plead to fill an “emergency” open date to get back to 12 games. Presby originally turned GT down. They also got 2 round ball games out of GT.