This week, however, Richt isn’t ruling out using a backup quarterback to spell Hutson Mason. He’s not ruling it in either. His comments are rather oblique.
Asked Tuesday whether there was any plan to play Brice Ramsey in Saturday’s game, Richt answered: “A plan to? I don’t know. We’re just practicing everybody as usual and we’ll figure that out Thursday night as we talk.”
A night earlier, Richt answered a fan question about a quarterback rotation by saying: “That’s been done before. And there’s always the possibility for that.”
The most notable time it was done before was when David Greene was the starter and D.J. Shockley his top backup. It was mostly a success, and not done because Greene was struggling. Greene was actually very consistently good, but Shockley was a skilled talent as well and it was a way to get him experience.
“I was used to doing it at Florida State and then when I got here we did it with Shock because that’s kind of what I was used to doing,” Richt said. “But I don’t think Mike (Bobo) felt quite as strong about it so we kind of got away from it. But it’s not a bad thing to do.”
And the guy who’s game planning against you this week doesn’t think you’re any better than the true freshman he’s been trotting out – the one who went 8-of-25 for 85 yards with three interceptions in his last start and currently sports a passer rating of 74.04.
Those are not the sounds of people who are wowed by your performance to date.