Georgia Tech put on a great show in last Saturday’s match up against Elon, steamrolling to victory with a final score of 70-0. Vad Lee, the redshirt Sophomore QB, was 7/11 on the day, throwing for 2 TDs and even rushing for one. To add to that stat, nine different players scored for Georgia Tech, putting up 557 yards of offense. On the defensive side of the ball, 4 turnovers, including a fumble recovery on the very first drive of the game, helped jump start Georgia Tech in the largest margin of victory by an ACC team since Florida State beat Western Carolina 69-0 in 2008.
Also on the defensive side of the ball, Tyler Marcodes, Jabari Hunt-Days and Chris Milton intercepted Elon’s QB and returned all three for touchdowns. The defense only allowed 89 rushing yards, forcing Elon’s QB Mike Quinn to put the ball in the air. Georgia Tech’s defense looked extremely comfortable on the field, swarming to the ball and disrupting play development by getting into the back field on nearly every play. Aside from a few passes over the middle that got behind the first level and into the secondary, Georgia Tech’s defense was virtually flawless.
So now the question remains: is Vad Lee what Georgia Tech needed to give the offense and defense the boost they needed? I say yes. Let’s look at two interesting facts. Georgia Tech’s time of possession on the day was 32:35. That stat alone shows that the defense was forcing more 3 and outs and causing more turnovers than anything, allowing the offense to get back on the field. Another interesting fact? Vad Lee threw for almost 200 yards. That’s about 15 percent of what Tevin Washington threw for in the 2012 season. If Vad Lee continues to have games like the one against Elon, he’s well on his way to having a 2,000-yard passing season.
I don’t want to speak so soon this early in the season, but I can honestly say that Vad Lee has shown what he’s capable of accomplishing at quarterback. Speaking as a football player, I’m well aware that to be successful, you need all sides of the ball working together like a well-oiled machine. When the defense is showing up but the offense is not scoring points, it puts more pressure on the defense to protect the lead that you have. On the contrary, if the offense is scoring points and the defense is allowing touchdowns, it puts more pressure on the offense to score more points and try to build a lead that can’t be challenged. To go even further, if the special teams units give up too many yards on kickoffs or punts, it puts both the offense and defense in a bad position.
Judging by last Saturday’s game, Vad Lee has certainly given the Yellow Jackets a new look and the fans something to be excited about. I think it’s safe to say that Lee could definitely give Georgia Tech the balance that the fans have been craving to see. The season is young, but that is where winning is most important. Could we possibly see a top 25 ranking from Georgia Tech this season? Time will certainly tell.