Each week, we’ll be identifying the best ACC (plus Louisville) player from that weekend’s games. As always, it’s a completely arbitrary award with no specific criteria beyond the vague concept of “excellence.” No, we don’t take write-ins.
The Georgia Tech offense was ineffective last season because it was predictable. Of course the triple-option is inherently run-heavy, but you need to have an ability to throw the ball in order to prevent defenses from crowding the line to stop the rushing attack. They didn’t have the passing element at all in 2012, but thanks to Vad Lee this year, we’ve already seen what the offense is capable of with a competent throwing quarterback under center. Lee’s still primarily a runner, but his arm has been a driving force through Tech’s first two victories — most notably, this Saturday’s win over Duke. The sophomore completed just eight passes for 125 yards, but four of those went for touchdowns. This also helped set him up for rushing success, as he compiled another 76 yards and a score on the ground. I know it’s just Duke and Elon, but thus far, Lee appears to be the best starting quarterback Georgia Tech has had in awhile.