Vad Lee

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Vad Lee
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Lee in 2013
Free agent
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1993-04-27) April 27, 1993 (age 24)
Wilson, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school: Hillside
College: James Madison
Undrafted: 2016
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards

Lavaedeay Monlique "Vad" Lee (born April 27, 1993) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. Lee went to Hillside High School (Durham, North Carolina). Lee is considered to be a skilled dual-threat, athletic quarterback who redshirted as a true freshman at Georgia Tech. Lee played in several games during his redshirt freshman season in 2012 as a backup to starting Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington, and Lee was the Yellow Jackets' starting quarterback during 2013 season. Lee went to Georgia Tech after a successful prep career in North Carolina. In January 2014, Lee transferred to James Madison University.

High school[edit]

Lee earned four varsity letters and served three years as a team captain while playing for Hillside under coach Antonio King. Lee led Hillside to the North Carolina state championship in 2010. Lee's high school career totals include: 5,000 passing yards, 1,960 rushing yards, and Lee was responsible for 85 touchdowns. Lee also played wide receiver as a sophomore, producing 1,124 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

Lee led Hillside to a perfect 16–0 record in 2010 and won the North Carolina 4A State Championship game 40–0 over Davie County at BB&T field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Lee threw for 264 yards and three touchdown passes in the state championship game, earning MVP honors. Lee's other high school honors include: the Pac-6 Conference Player of the Year, the AP North Carolina state Player of the Year, first team all-state, and MVP of the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.[1][2]


Georgia Tech[edit]

Lee was recruited by Georgia Tech as a four-star recruit. He received a redshirt season in 2011. Lee played in several games during 2012 football season as a backup to starting Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington. However, Lee saw only limited playing time until Georgia Tech faced North Carolina on November 10, 2012. Lee entered the game at Kenan Memorial Stadium with Tech trailing North Carolina 14–7 in the first quarter, and he never left. Lee made Georgia Tech's triple option offense unstoppable, helping the Yellow Jackets account for 588 yards of offense in a 68–50 win over North Carolina, the most combined points ever in any Atlantic Coast Conference football game. Lee rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and he threw for 169 yards and a touchdown as well.[3] However, coach Paul Johnson continued to start Washington in every football game during 2012 season, and he rotated the two quarterbacks with their playing time depending on performance during games.[4][5][6][7] Lee became the Yellow Jackets' starting quarterback at the beginning of the 2013 football season. Lee announced his decision to transfer to another school at the end of the 2013 football season.[8]

James Madison[edit]

In January 2014, Chip Patterson at reported Lee would transfer to FCS James Madison for the upcoming spring semester.[9] Lee transferred to JMU due to his familiarity with the Dukes' new head coach, Everett Withers, who had recruited him from his time at North Carolina.[10]

2014 season[edit]

In his first season with the Dukes, Lee was named the starter at quarterback and would go on to lead the Dukes to a 9–3 regular season along with a trip to the 2014 FCS playoffs. Along the way, Lee would go on to set JMU's single-game passing, completion percentage, single-season touchdown, passing & total-offense records in addition to being named CAA Offensive Player of the Week three times.[11][12][13] Following a 55–20 JMU victory over rival Richmond on November 15, 2014, Lee was named to the 2014 Walter Payton Award watch list and would ultimately place 4th for that award.[14][15] On December 10, 2014, Vad Lee was named the recipient of the 2014 Dudley Award, which is given to the top Division I football player in Virginia over Old Dominion's Taylor Heinicke & Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller.[16][17] The following week, Lee was named 2014 Associated Press Third Team FCS All-American.[18]

2015 season[edit]

Prior to the start of the 2015 season, Lee was named to the watch lists for the STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year (formerly the Walter Payton Award) and the College Football Performance Awards FCS National Performer of the Year Trophy.[19][20] In JMU's 2015 home opening victory against Morehead State, Lee became the first JMU QB to throw for more than 250 yards and rush for more than 100 in a single game. In a week four 48-45 victory against SMU, Lee set a Division I record by becoming the first player to both run and pass for 275 yards in a single game.[21][22]

After a 7-0 start to the season, Lee suffered a broken foot during the fourth quarter of a 59-49 loss against Richmond. During the game, Lee tied JMU's all-time passing touchdown record with 51 career touchdowns, across just 21 games.[23] Lee was forced to undergo surgery for his foot, ending his final college season. While announcing the end of Lee's career, head coach Everett Withers called him "one of the best players in JMU history."[21]

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GT vs. UNC 11/10/12


Passing Rushing
Year (College) Comp Attempts Comp% Yards TDowns Intercep. Attempts Yards TDown
2012 (GT) 27 56 48.2% 596 4 3 96 544 9
2013 (GT) 82 180 45.6% 1,561 11 10 182 513 8
2014 (JMU) 282 465 60.6% 3,462 30 7 183 826 9
2015 (JMU) 164 240 68.3% 2,190 21 10 109 814 8
Total 555 941 59.0% 7,809 66 30 570 2,697 34


Professional career[edit]

Lee played in three games for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2016, recording one rushing attempt.[25] On August 28, 2017, Lee signed with the Columbus Lions for the 2018 season. He was released on February 1, 2018.[26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vad Lee Profile". Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  2. ^ "Vad Lee Profile". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  3. ^ Klemko, Robert (2012-11-10). "Georgia Tech, UNC combine for 118 points". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  4. ^ Jack Blanchat (2012-11-11). "Georgia Tech Vs. North Carolina: Vad Lee steers Yellow Jackets to win in highest-scoring ACC game ever". Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  5. ^ W. E. Warnack (2012-11-14). "Vad Lee is triumphant in homecoming". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  6. ^ Ken Sugiura (2012-11-10). "In return home, Lee incinerates Tar Heels". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  7. ^ Odum, Charles (2012-11-17). "Washington leads Georgia Tech past Duke, 42–24". Retrieved 2012-12-02. 
  8. ^ "Statements On Vad Lee's Decision To Transfer". 2014-01-03. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  9. ^ "Ex-Georgia Tech QB Vad Lee headed to James Madison". 2014-01-13. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  10. ^ "Fresh start: Georgia Tech transfer Vad Lee looks to lead JMU football turnaround". Augusta Free Press. 2014-08-10. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  11. ^ "Vad Lee Named CAA Offensive Player of the Week". 2014-11-10. Retrieved 2014-11-11. 
  12. ^ "Reynolds, #25 JMU Rolls to 55–20 Triumph at #14 Richmond". 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2014-11-15. 
  13. ^ "CAA Football Week 13 Awards". 2014-11-24. Retrieved 2014-11-24. 
  14. ^ "Lee, Ricard Added to National Award Watch Lists". 2014-11-18. Retrieved 2014-11-18. 
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  16. ^ "JMU's Lee wins Dudley, H-SC's Nance wins Lanier". Richmond Times-Dispatch. 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  17. ^ "Lee Named Dudley Award Winner, State's Top Division I Player". 2014-12-10. Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  18. ^ "Quarterback Vad Lee Named Third Team AP All-American". 2014-12-17. Retrieved 2014-12-19. 
  19. ^ "FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List". 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2015-07-13. 
  20. ^ "Vad Lee Named to CFPA FCS National Performer of the Year Watch List". 2015-07-30. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  21. ^ a b Williams, Erin. "Quarterback Vad Lee out for remainder of season". The Breeze. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  22. ^ "JMU's Vad Lee still seeking NFL opportunity". Fox Sports. Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  23. ^ "JMU Quarterback Vad Lee Out Indefinitely with Foot Injury". Retrieved 20 June 2016. 
  24. ^ "Vad Lee". Retrieved October 24, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Vad Lee". Retrieved October 24, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved March 6, 2018. 

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