Asked after the bowl game to summarize his first season as a starter, Lee needed four words: “Rough. It was rough.”
There was little in Johnson’s public support of Lee or in Lee’s own demeanor to suggest such a drastic move lurked. Johnson summarized Lee’s play in the bowl as “some good, some bad,” but pointed out his successful plays. Following Tech’s loss to Georgia, Lee was nearly in tears, upset that the Yellow Jackets couldn’t send out the team’s seniors with a win over the rival Bulldogs.
Lee likely will transfer to an FCS school, perhaps one closer to his beloved home state, where he would have immediate eligibility. Were he to transfer to an FBS school, he would have to sit out one season and have one to play.
Entering spring practice, backup Justin Thomas likely will ascend to the first string. He’ll be challenged by backup Tim Byerly, Ty Griffin (redshirted this season) and Matthew Jordan (an expected early-enrollee freshman).