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Georgia Tech Vs. Maryland: Backup quarterback Vad Lee gives Yellow Jackets a spark

Redshirt freshman quarterback Vad Lee gave Georgia Tech a big boost on Saturday, running for two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets' 33-13 win

Rob Carr

Vad Lee was promised he'd play a couple of series against Maryland on Saturday, and the redshirt freshman made the most of his opportunities, running for two scores in the Yellow Jackets' 33-12 win.

Behind 60 yards from Lee, Georgia Tech rushed for 370 yards against the Terrapins and cruised to a win. The Durham, North Carolina native certainly started a quarterback controversy, and Lee may have earned his way to a starting spot by outclassing the incumbent, senior Tevin Washington, who rushed for 30 yards and a score of his own.

Coach Paul Johnson remained quiet on the subject, though, as he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

"I thought they both did some good things... [Tevin's] been the starting quarterback, so he started," Johnson said. "We'll go week by week and see how it goes."

Lee's presence - and offensive skills - might be necessary for the Yellow Jackets over the last three games of the season, as they now need to win two of three against Duke, North Carolina and rival Georgia to finish 6-6 and make a bowl game. After falling to Middle Tennessee by 20 points earlier this year, a bowl game seemed to be improbable, but the Yellow Jackets now have rejuvenated hopes.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.