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Lee transfer tough news for Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech sophomore quarterback Vad Lee will transfer to another school, the Jackets confirmed Friday afternoon.

This is not only surprising, it's also a big blow to the program, which has two young, inexperienced rookies behind Lee. Lee started all 13 games as a sophomore in 2013, helping the Yellow Jackets to a 7-6 overall record and a 17th consecutive bowl game appearance. Lee completed 45.6 percent (82-of-180) of his pass attempts for 1,561 yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2013. He rushed 182 times for 513 yards and eight touchdowns.

Here are their official statements:

Vad Lee:

"Making the decision to leave Georgia Tech was difficult for me. I am very close -- and will continue to be close -- with my teammates. I will also miss the overwhelming support I received the last three years from Yellow Jacket nation.

"I greatly appreciate the opportunity Coach Johnson gave me, as well the chance to work with coaches like Brian Bohannon and Bryan Cook. Thanks as well to (recruiting coordinator) Andy McCollum, who helped recruit me to Tech.

"My decision was also difficult because I know first-hand the talent coming back next season. I just felt that it is a good time for me to get a fresh start for my final two years of college."

Paul Johnson:

“Vad is a young man with high character and I appreciate all the work that he put into our program and to Georgia Tech during his three years here. This is a decision made by Vad and his family, and while you don’t like losing talented players, I wish nothing but the best for Vad in the future.”