Georgia Tech Yellow jackets coach Paul Johnson spoke with the media on Tuesday to discuss the Yellow Jackets' upcoming game against the North Carolina Tar Heels, among other things. Freshman quarterback Vad Lee was one of the hot topics of conversation, as the backup has seen an uptick in playing time as the season has gone along.
Johnson says that Lee is "getting better every week," and he also says that the freshman will continue to see more playing time because he brings a little different element than starter Tevin Washington (via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution):
"Vad brings a lot of athleticism and a lot of energy when he comes out there. You kind of get two different things out of both those guys. As he progresses, as I've said all along, the more he gets accustomed to doing what we're doing, the better he gets at it, the more he's going to play because, clearly, he does bring some athleticism to the position."
Johnson spoke a bit about the play-calling with Lee in the game as opposed to Washington, and he said that Lee has progressed to the point where he can have a full playbook:
"We're to the point now with Vad where he's going to run the same stuff that everybody else runs. Early in the year, that was not the case. He just couldn't do it. Thus when he went into the game, it was a different set of plays. It was stuff that I felt like he could do better and handle and that played to his strengths."
Lee saw his first action of the season in a blowout win over Presbyterian on Sep. 8, throwing for 82 yards and one touchdown while also rushing for 101 yards and a score. He has seen quite a bit of action the past few games, and last week against Maryland he rushed 12 times for 60 yards and two touchdowns.
On the season, Lee has completed 12-of-24 passes for 277 yards and two scores. Most of his damage has come on the ground, as he has rushed 47 times for 322 yards and six touchdowns.