Ken Medlin

Lee's homecoming one to remember

Posted September 15, 2013

It was a familiar sight: Vad Lee on a football field in Durham carving up an opposing defense.

Only, this time... Lee was not playing for the home team.

In a homecoming game most players could only dream of, Lee led Georgia Tech to a 38-14 win over Duke - accounting for all five of the Jackets' touchdowns in the process.

I mean, there are homecoming games, and there's Vad Lee's homecoming game. This was no quiet, ho-hum return to town. No, Lee put on a show for the neighborhood crowd. For statistical perspective, consider this: Lee came within three yards on the ground of leading Tech in both passing and rushing.

Not bad for a guy some teams recruited to play wide receiver...

Georgia Tech offered the chance to play quarterback - as did Lee's other finalists, NC State and Wake Forest - and things have worked out rather well for both player and school in this case. Lee's combination of speed and arm strength seem tailor made for Paul Johnson's option offense, and he runs it well. In fact, Lee may be more of a passing threat than his predecessors at Georgia Tech. His four TD passes were the most by a Yellowjacket quarterback in seven years.

By his own admission, this was an emotional game for the Georgia Tech QB.  Lee said he had around sixty family members at the game, his first in Durham since leading Hillside to a state championship in 2010. His performance likely brought back memories of that great Hornets team - even if it was for the visiting team, for one game at least...

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  • 24to14dean Sep 15, 9:02 p.m.

    Dook sure doesn't like playing ANYONE with "Lee" in their name.

    First Lee said Hi...now this? Ouch.

  • Hokies94 Sep 15, 3:16 p.m.

    GT always has a strong offense. Lee is a talented player. We go down there in 2 weeks.

  • Ken D. Sep 15, 1:38 p.m.

    I hate to see the North Carolina kids leaving the state to play for other teams. State and Wake... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    Agreed.....hard for the teams in NC to get to the next level when the best talent chooses to... View More

    — Posted by BattlingBishop 5

    When Lee was being recruited, State was running a pro style offense and Wake Forest was, well, Wake Forest.

  • Toddler10-21 Sep 15, 11:37 a.m.

    The only way for that to change is for teams around here to start winning some big time games, and titles. But, tech isn't on that status either. Look for vad to do the same next week. Look at Unc/duke basketball rosters. How many are from nc? But I guess that's ok for them to get the top talent from out of the state?

  • BattlingBishop 5 Sep 15, 11:07 a.m.

    I hate to see the North Carolina kids leaving the state to play for other teams. State and Wake... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    Agreed.....hard for the teams in NC to get to the next level when the best talent chooses to leave. Hope that changes in the near future.

    Ex. UGA's top 2 RBs

  • StunGunn Sep 15, 9:43 a.m.

    I hate to see the North Carolina kids leaving the state to play for other teams. State and Wake both offered him the opportunity to play QB, and he still chose to play elsewhere.

    @ Battling: Yeah those GT helmets are pretty cool. I can't stand Paul Johnson, and I was hoping Duke would pull off the upset.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Sep 15, 9:04 a.m.

    I do like the Yellow Jacket helmet for some reason even though I can't stand Tech. Congrats to GT!

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