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Georgia Tech begins 2014 without starting QB

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm •  Published: January 3, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech was hoping that Vad Lee would be its starting quarterback for three years.

Instead, Lee announced Friday that he plans to transfer to another school following a 7-6 season that ended with a 25-17 loss to Mississippi earlier this week at the Music City Bowl.

Georgia Tech released statements Friday from Lee and coach Paul Johnson saying they appreciated the chance to work with each other, but the team's spread offense was inconsistent during much of the season.

Johnson often publicly criticized Lee for making wrong reads and his teammates for missing blocks and failing to create space on the perimeter in the coach's signature scheme.

Despite arriving for the bowl game in Nashville, Tenn., with the nation's No. 4 rushing offense, the offense sputtered after a touchdown on its opening drive, and the Jackets trailed 23-7 early in the third quarter.

Ole Miss finished with 477 total yards. Georgia Tech finished with 298, its ground attack averaging just 3.1 yards on 49 attempts.

"We never got in sync on offense at all, never really got into any kind of rhythm," Johnson said. "It was just kind of haphazard. We hit some plays here and there, but nothing to gain with any consistency."

Losing to Ole Miss was painful for Lee, but the disappointment of blowing a 20-point lead to Georgia five weeks ago hurt even worse.

He was particularly despondent that the Jackets' fifth-year seniors went 0-5 against the hated Bulldogs. Georgia Tech has lost 12 of its last 13 to Georgia, including seven straight at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

"I can imagine how (the seniors) feel right now not being able to beat Georgia," Lee said. "That game matters a lot here and it was special. The game was special with a great atmosphere and we really wanted to win."

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