• Vad Lee Delivers Gutty Performance

    First of all, I am incredibly proud of our team. We had to overcome a bunch yesterday. To be truthful, this game reminded me a lot of VT last year, where we really struggled for most of the contest. This group of guys found a way to FINISH despite all of the poor play early, weather, and bad breaks.

    Vad is a tough kid. He is a winner. He didn't play well yesterday at all, but he made some plays when we had to have it, and he refused to lose. He took a good shot early and could have easily become tentative, but didn't. Yesterday was a very important test for him. IMHO he passed with flying colors.

    Hopefully yesterday's performance will put an end to all the Godhigh detractors. We lose without him on the field yesterday, no question.

    KO cover was a little shaky.

    Interesting, UNC sold out to stop Vad Lee yesterday. Once inside the Red Zone or on 3rd and shorts, they crashed him and basically ignored the B-Back. Pretty much their entire scheme for the day was to make sure somebody else beat them. That speaks volumes for the young man. We haven't seen that from a defense yet in the Paul Johnson era. I can't wait to watch the Slo-mo.

    I thought the OL struggled out of the gate, getting people blocked, but also finding the right guys to block. UNC pinned their ears back and crashed the LOS today. Not a bad strategy with the rain making the throws harder. However, the experience and conditioning proved itself as the game wore on. Eventually, the goon squad took over the game.

    Sims ran hard yesterday. Some of those tough inside runs to move the sticks were huge. I have no idea what he was trying to do at the goal line on that first TD? He looked like he wanted to dive over a pile that wasn't there.

    Good time for Waller to make a catch.

    Smelter learned his lesson last week for not going down to ensure a completion. He is not a burner, but he is a damn good football player. I love having the real physical presence back out there again on the boundary. Dude has established himself as a go to player and a starter IMHO.

    I am still worried immensely about our DL, but it was good to see us run some blitz packages and change some stuff up without blowing a ton of assignments. There wasn't a ton of pressure yesterday, but there was some, and often it happened when it was most important.

    Don't underestimate the value of Time Of Possession in terms of icing the opponents offense. UNC lost their rhythm standing in the rain on the sideline.

    Coach was trying to protect Justin Thomas with his play calling during his stint under center. I'm not sure coach trusts him yet with reads and decisions.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Game Thoughts started by white&gold View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Jim Hart's Avatar
      Jim Hart -
      What Vad Lee has going for him is that he is a big, strong, dude. That is a great asset as long as he doesn't think he can take on anybody on the defense. I hope he learns to pick his battles and gets down when it is prudent.

      If Vad can stay healthy this season and the next two after, I think Georgia Tech football is going to be a lot of fun.
    1. PatrickinGa's Avatar
      PatrickinGa -
      As good as Vad is, as good as he can be, he seems to tire well before game is over. That can lead to mental mistakes, even injuries. We need to find some way to protect him so we have him for the full season.
    1. Ga Tech Navy Nuke's Avatar
      Ga Tech Navy Nuke -
      Quote Originally Posted by PatrickinGa View Post
      As good as Vad is, as good as he can be, he seems to tire well before game is over. That can lead to mental mistakes, even injuries. We need to find some way to protect him so we have him for the full season.
      I'll get more people over to the view that we ought to be rotating QBs more. But only one person's opinion matters - CPJ.

      Being at the game I can say it was awful weather. Not a lot of wind, but both QBs had the ball slip out of their hands.

      Vad's passing rating was a season worst at 159. But Brenner's was worse at 129. So I think you have to take in the rain as a factor in throwing and catching.

      Likewise, Vad had 24 rushes with an awful average of 2.29 ypc. I think he ate the ball a lot and didn't have many big explosive runs. But he got some key first downs. I think he was worked way too hard with a Thursday game coming up against a very physical VT. I think we'll be able to move the ball, but Vad / CPJ have to call more plays to keep Vad less tired.
    1. GT Nuke's Avatar
      GT Nuke -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hart View Post
      If Vad can stay healthy this season and the next two after, I think Georgia Tech football is going to be a lot of fun.
      It's nice to see this optimistic post, Jim. I hope you get your wish.

      Go JACKETS! THWG!
    1. Jim Hart's Avatar
      Jim Hart -
      Quote Originally Posted by GT Nuke View Post
      It's nice to see this optimistic post, Jim. I hope you get your wish.

      Go JACKETS! THWG!
      I'm always with GT, win or tie!
    1. ballacuz's Avatar
      ballacuz -
      agree with most everything in these above posts... we did what we needed to do... wasn't pretty but I was very proud... to have a special season you have to somehow win games like that one... We really need this W thurs and then we are on our way... If we are as good as I think we might be... I expect us to smack Va Tech at home... that is what great teams do after a tough, gritty, sloppy win... come back crisp
    1. GT_B's Avatar
      GT_B -
      Vad did not have a pretty game on Saturday, but he did make plays when he needed to. He looked sluggish/slow running the TO plays but you have contribute some of that to the monsoon. I have to say though he took some POPS in this game...he got lit up on the play he went out, as well as the play to seal the game. I'm just glad he didn't end up with a concussion or injury out there...
    1. Only1Option's Avatar
      Only1Option -
      It sure is nice to actually have a chance at scoring by passing in a 2 minute drill.