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Former JMU Quarterback Vad Lee Joins The DC Defenders

While we’ve covered a number of exciting QB’s join the XFL, through the Tier 1’s, assignments, the Draft and Supplemental Draft. However, it looks like passers are now being signed as free agents, as the Defenders picked up former JMU and CFL QB Vad Lee.

The Defenders announced his signing via Twitter, and he’ll now join a talented QB room that already featured Cardale Jones and Tyree Jackson. Pep Hamilton seems to have refined his QB search to one type of player: smart, athletic and big-armed. Vad Lee fits all of these.

He started off at Georgia Tech, playing well as a dual-threat. He did show room for improvement those two years with 46.2% passing efficiency and a 15-13 TD/INT ratio. In those two years with the Yellow Jackets, he scored 17 TD’s on the ground and rushed for 1000+ yards.

He ended up transferring to JMU, where he moved from a Flexbone/Option attack to a more pass-heavy scheme with the Dukes. There, he showed vast improvement with 5,652 Pass Yards and 51-17 TD/INT. He also radically improved his completion % to 63.3.

Playing in a pass-heavy scheme didn’t mute his running ability either, as he ran for 800+ yards both years at JMU, with 8 and 9 touchdowns respectively.

Vad Lee is a balanced dual-threat QB who has the right tools and football IQ to succeed in the pros. With an unofficial 4.46 40 time and good college production to boot, the Defenders picked up a QB3 with a ton of upside.

It looks like he’s excited to get started, and we’re happy for him and his family. The Defenders continue to make themselves a powerhouse by adding talent across the board.

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Matt Nagashima has been covering the XFL since before the 2019 Draft, and has witnessed history being made as a Credentialed Reporter for the Dallas Renegades. While he is engrossed with the X's and O's, the roster building and more, it has always been his goal to keep the players first in mind in coverage, showing the human aspect of this sport behind all the action on the field. With Dany Garcia and Dwayne The Rock Johnson now at the helm, he's excited to see all the opportunities that this league will create for players to showcase their talent and make their dreams come true.

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  1. John Williams

    December 11, 2019 at 3:48 am

    I hope XFL works. I have been a fan of the NFL since childhood, but I’m tired of the way fans are treated by owners and players. I don’t see fans as valued. Why? We pay the fright forks but nowhere do you hear the work keep the cost down so the average fan making 50,000 a year if lucky can take his kids to a game.

    It’s greed with owners and players
    I understand the players saying we give up our bodies to for the sport with TBI and arthritis conditions. If we are going to us that line then lets chat about our veterans who suffer from the bomb blast and PTSD. Do they get millions of dollars to the sport of war?
    You all know that that answer.
    In summary, prices need to drop. The only way for this to happen is to stop supporting the NFL pivot to XFL.

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