Sunday, October 21, 2012

Georgia Tech Football: Does Paul Johnson Have A QB Controversy?

The Yellow Jackets ended their three game skid with a 37-17 win over Boston College getting strong performances from starting QB Tevin Washington and his backup Vad Lee.

Georgia Tech jumped out to an early lead in Saturday's win and a few stops by the defense obviously gave Paul Johnson enough confidence to allow backup Vad Lee to play earlier and more than in previous games.  

Below is a breakdown of the Jackets' offensive drives with yards, yards per play, and yards per point for each of the QBs in the BC game.



Offensive PlaysWashington YdsWashington PointsWashington Yds/PlayWashington Yds/PtLee YardsLee PointsLee Yds/PlayLee Yds/Pt
98909.90
139076.912.9
116375.79.0
105775.78.1
145745.06.4
448012.00
82032.56.7
113202.90
3702.30
157565.012.5
61302.20
Washington67369235.516.0
Lee24170147.112.1
TOTAL91539375.914.6

The numbers reveal that Lee was actually the more explosive of the two.  When the Durham, NC native was leading the offense Tech averaged 7.1 yards per play, exactly their season average coming into the game.  He was also slightly more efficient in scoring with a 12.1 yards per point (I like this stat better because it incorporates fumbles and field position).

Saturday's game was the 24th straight start for Washington, but the fifth year senior's record as starter entering the game was 11-12.

During Tech's slide late last season and early this season, fans have called for backup Lee, who was a ESPN 150 recruit out of high school, to see more playing time.

Johnson has continually stated Washington gives his team the best chance to win and is the most consistent at leading the offense.  The embattled head coach felt the offense needed to score every time they had the ball because of the 89th ranked defense.

Washington played well and was victimized by two missed (and very makeable) field goals on his yards per point.   

But you cannot doubt the passing threat Lee gives the Yellow Jackets offense.

I think going forward Washington holds onto the starting job as he has shown this season, even Saturday, he is better at sustaining drives.  However, I think Lee's showing gave Johnson a lot more confidence to play him more if Washington falters down the stretch.  

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