Redshirt sophomore quarterback Vad Lee announced last Thursday that he will transfer from Tech. Lee started all 13 games for the Jackets this season, throwing for 11 touchdowns and rushing for eight.
“Making the decision to leave Georgia Tech was difficult for me. I am very close—and will continue to be close—with my teammates. I will also miss the overwhelming support I received the last three years from Yellow Jacket nation. I greatly appreciate the opportunity Coach Johnson gave me, as well the chance to work with coaches like Brian Bohannon and Bryan Cook. Thanks as well to [recruiting coordinator] Andy McCollum, who helped recruit me to Tech. My decision was also difficult because I know first-hand the talent coming back next season. I just felt that it is a good time for me to get a fresh start for my final two years of college,” Lee said in a statement released through the Athletic Association.
Coach Paul Johnson also released a statement saying, “Vad is a young man with high character, and I appreciate all the work that he put into our program and to Georgia Tech during his three years here. This is a decision made by Vad and his family, and while you don’t like losing talented players, I wish nothing but the best for Vad in the future.”
Lee has two years of eligibility remaining, but will have to sit out a season if he chooses to transfer to another FBS school. If Lee transfers to an FCS school, he will be eligible to play immediately.
The most likely replacement is Justin Thomas, who will be a redshirt sophomore next season.