ATLANTA — Tevin Washington returns at quarterback for Georgia Tech next fall, but he might get a challenge from red-shirt freshman Vad Lee.
Lee, threw two touchdown passes in the White’s 24-7 victory over the Gold in the Yellow Jackets’ spring game Friday night before a crowd of 18,125 fans.
Lee completed 9 of 16 passes for 145 yards, connecting with Tony Zenon and Chris Jackson for 12-yard touchdowns in the fourth quarter after the defenses dominated the early going.
“It was a little bit sloppy,” Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson said. “We were missing some guys in the offensive line. In the second half, it was better.”
Georgia Tech, which has 13 starters returning from an 8-5 team, will have to be up to speed early next season with a game at Virginia Tech looming on Labor Day.
The Yellow Jackets and Hokies are the only teams to win the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division, Virginia Tech doing it five times and Georgia Tech twice.
Washington, who had a 2-yard touchdown run for the White in the third quarter, led the Yellow Jackets in rushing last season, but struggled with his passing in Johnson’s spread-option offense.
That’s what makes Lee intriguing to Georgia Tech fans.
“He’s the better passer,” Johnson said. “But he needs to work on the option game to be a complete player.”
The defenses dominated the first half, with the only scoring coming on David Scully’s 42-yard field goal on the final play before intermission. Then Corey Dennis returned a fumble by quarterback Synjyn Days 36 yards to open the third-quarter scoring.
After that, White’s offense finally got going.
Linebackers Jeremiah Attaochu and Quayshawn Nealy each had two sacks for the Gold, which got its only touchdown on a 4-yard run by Days in the fourth quarter.
Days, Washington’s backup last season, carried 17 times for 85 yards, but lost two fumbles. Washington was 3 of 6 passing for 24 yards and had 26 net yards on 15 carries after four sacks.