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November 15, 2012

Vad Lee emerging as Georgia Tech's top quarterback

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ATLANTA —

"You know, as long as you're scoring every possession, it's pretty hard to come out. Then we got to a point in the second half where we were so deep into it, to me then it's his game."

Duke defensive end Desmond Johnson said Lee's dual-threat skills make "a big difference" in Georgia Tech's offense.

"He's one of those players that can make plays," Johnson said.

Added cornerback Ross Cockrell: "He has a strong arm. He threw it like 60 yards downfield one time."

Cutcliffe said he never doubted Lee would succeed at Georgia Tech.

"I have great respect for Vad and I always expected him to do extremely well at Georgia Tech," Cutcliffe said Wednesday.

"You know, he's a fine young man, fine family. And I'll be honest with you, I'm very proud of Vad and what he's accomplished. ... We really were very close and we're still close."

Lee has three former high school teammates, receivers Corey Gattis, Desmond Scott and Brandon Watkins, at Duke.

Lee said Cutcliffe, the former Tennessee offensive coordinator and Mississippi coach, would show him film of Peyton Manning and Eli Manning.

Lee says he expected Cutcliffe would win at Duke — but not this quickly.

"I knew the program was moving in the right direction but I didn't think it would move this fast as they already are eligible for a bowl game," Lee said.

"Coach Cutcliffe, he recruited me hard and I was definitely thinking about it but I figured the best place for me was here at Georgia Tech," he said.

Cutcliffe said the relationship with Lee "wasn't all about recruiting."

"We did recruit him but it was just different. ... I have to say I'm very proud of who he is and what he's done. You know, I just hope he doesn't do it so well against us, but more likely, that's what he will do."

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