After his first season as the starting quarterback, redshirt sophomore Vad Lee mad a somewhat surprising announcement that he would be transferring from the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. While it was far from a breakout campaign, Lee showed some signs of growth throughout the season and led the team to the postseason, finishing the year at 7-6 after a 25-17 loss to the Ole Miss Rebels in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. But something about Lee’s reason for leaving GT doesn’t quite add up.
When he announced his decision to transfer, Lee gave an odd reason for leaving:
“The triple-option was never really my thing. I’ve got some Division I school that are interested and a lot of [Football Championship Subdivision] schools.”
The triple-option was never his thing? Then what on earth was he doing at Georgia Tech? And why would he stay for three years?
There’s no secret what kind of offense Paul Johnson is going to run. He’s been working the triple-option since he became a coach in 1997. He has run it exclusively everywhere he’s gone and that hasn’t changed since coming to Georgia Tech in 2008. It was certainly well-established by the time Lee went through the recruiting process and came to campus in 2011. And it most definitely has remained the same while he’s been on the roster since then.
So in all that time, Lee didn’t realize that the triple-option wasn’t his “thing” and opt to transfer before now? That doesn’t seem very likely. What seems much more likely is that Lee and Johnson have had a personality conflict of some kind and Lee has decided to pack his bags. Many have noticed that Johnson has lacked a lot of patience with Lee as he has taken the reins of the GT offense this season. Lee completed just 82-of-180 passes (45.6 percent) for 1,561 yards with 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while finishing No. 3 on the team in rushing, gaining 513 yards on 182 carries with eight rushing touchdowns.
Lee will undoubtedly end up somewhere in 2014 playing football, though at what level exactly remains to be seen. But the circumstances around his sudden departure from Georgia Tech will likely remain a mystery. What really happened between Vad Lee and Paul Johnson to drive the young quarterback away from the program?