Vad Lee could be the answer for the Yellow Jackets.
Greetings to all, this spring the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are coming off of a bizarre year in which they won the coastal division despite their 3 conference losses. They started off the year rough with a few disheartening losses to Virginia Tech and an embarrassment to Middle Tennessee State, as they were a 27 point favorite and lost by 28. That being said, the circled the wagons and saw the light at the end of the tunnel as they heard of the possibility of Miami having to withdraw from consideration for the coastal division crown. The resilience shown was due in large part to the decision by Head Coach Paul Johnson to play Vad Lee at quarterback. This was a long awaited debut that most Tech fans had anticipated for a while due to Lee being so highly touted coming out of high school. Lee is the type of player Johnson has been waiting for and this spring is his alone, no Nesbitt, no Washington, no typical option quarterback in his way. The reason he makes the difference is his arm, which is usually the measuring tool for any quarterback in any system, this one however has been a system that demands execution of the option rather than accuracy down field. He brings what Johnson has been missing in recruiting to that position, a playmaker. He can put a throw on any receiver at anytime and will add that much needed dimension to this mundane offense. He really is the main story of the spring as far as offense goes, and hopefully Johnson can convince backup quarterback Justin Thomas to be an A-back and maybe they might add some more homerun threat ability.
The other story is the defense, of course, which had its ups and downs last year which is looking to improve after firing Al Groh from its defensive coordinator position. Ted Roof takes over and is changing the defense from the trendy 3-4 back to a more traditional 4-3 defense. This move will change where one of the jackets key players will line up, Jeremiah Attaochu will move from outside linebacker to defensive end. He will be more of a playmaker from this position and they need a gamechanger as they will be trying to find the right mix to go with. The defense is typically at a disadvantage as they have to practice everyday against Johnson’s vaunted spread triple-option attack as opposed to a pro-style offense which they typically run into during the season. They seem up for the task after stopping Southern Cal’s offense in the Sun Bowl in December. The challenge is on as spring practice continues and concludes with the spring game under the lights on Friday night April 19, 2013.