Vad Lee heads back to Durham to face Duke as Jackets' QB

Former Carver linebacker C.J. France may return for Duke

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerSeptember 12, 2013 

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee will have a homecoming on Saturday at Duke. The sophomore will be making his first trip back to his hometown as a starter.

"I'm sure he's excited to go back home," coach Paul Johnson said. "I was joking with him in practice by asking him how many tickets he needed and he said he was at 30 and probably going to end up at around 40. I can imagine that he's excited to go back and play. It's always fun to go home and play."

Lee was highly sought after by Duke and coach David Cutcliffe, who coveted the opportunity to coach and nurture the big-armed quarterback. Lee played at Hillside High in Durham and was the North Carolina's Player of the Year in 2010.

"I'm sure he's going to be pumped and ready to make a play," Duke linebacker Ross Cockrell said.

"We've just got to be ready for him."

Lee was on the sidelines as a redshirt when Tech played at Duke in 2011. He came off the bench against the Blue Devils a year ago to run for 13 yards and one touchdown and complete 2 of 4 passes for 17 yards.

In the season-opening 70-0 win over Elon, Lee played seven series. He ran for 49 yards and one touchdown and threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

"He's a strong-armed guy," Cutcliffe said. "He's always been really athletic. He sees the field well and he's a good ball-handler, just like all their quarterbacks. He's got a big arm. You'd better stay on your toes because he's hard to hem in."

Lee is one of three North Carolina natives on Tech's roster. Domonique Noble is from Mount Ulla and Tremayne McNair is from Jacksonville.

Duke has eight Georgians on its roster, including C.J. France, a redshirt junior linebacker from Carver High. He has not played so far this season after suffering an ankle injury, but he is listed as probable to play against Tech, according to chroniclesports.com.

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