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November 15, 2012

Vad Lee emerging as Georgia Tech's top quarterback

ATLANTA — Vad Lee wasn't a typical Duke recruit.

Lee was more like one of the guys. He was a local Durham, N.C., kid who liked to spend time at Duke with former Hillside High teammates.

Lee became close with Duke coach David Cutcliffe. The friendship survived when Lee signed with Georgia Tech after being named The Associated Press North Carolina high school player of the year in 2010.

Cutcliffe has watched with interest and pride as Lee, a redshirt freshman quarterback, has seen his role gradually increase this season. Finally, in Georgia Tech's record-setting 68-50 win at North Carolina last week, Lee took over after the second series and played the remainder of the game.

There was no official proclamation, but it looked like a changing of the guard.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson hasn't named a starting quarterback for Saturday's important Atlantic Coast Conference game against Duke. Lee likely will play more than senior Tevin Washington.

After all, why mess with a winning formula? Georgia Tech (5-5, 5-4 ACC) has revived its season by winning two straight games. Lee's role has increased even though Washington has remained the starter.

"The way we're doing it has been working pretty well, and unless something crazy happens in practice is probably the way we'll do it," Johnson said.

"Vad has a long time to play football. If he plays as well as he played on Saturday, then he's going to play the majority of the snaps."

Lee completed 6 of 10 passes for 169 yards with one touchdown and an interception and had 23 carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns last week. The 68-50 win over North Carolina was the highest scoring game in ACC history.

Georgia Tech and Duke (6-4, 3-3 ACC) are trying to win the Coastal Division and earn a spot in the ACC championship game. Georgia Tech must beat Duke and hope Duke then beats Miami (5-5, 4-3) next week. Duke needs wins over Georgia Tech and Miami.

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