So, Mark Richt popped up on Finebaum’s show the other day to talk about his quarterback situation going into the spring (pro tip for PAWWWLLL: getting the name of last year’s starter wrong really undercuts that air of gravitas you’re trying so hard to project) and had this to say:
“We’ve got three guys right now on scholarship that are going to be battling away for that job,” Richt said Wednesday on the “Paul Finebaum Show” on the SEC Network. “I don’t really see a frontrunner right now. I see three guys that have a lot of talent, that have a lot of competitive spirit about them. I think it’s going to be a great competition.”
In other words, not too much.
Weiszer goes on to summarize the current situation well. You’d think it’s Ramsey’s job to lose. You’d also think if Ramsey doesn’t show out better in the spring than he did in the Belk Bowl, he will indeed lose it. And having a new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach doing the assessing and breaking in is clearly the X-factor. So it’s understandable that Richt’s a little foggy about who’s going to be the man.
But more than worrying about who wins the job, I just hope that one of the three does win it in the spring. (Insert your G-Day joke here.) Seriously, this would not be ideal:
The quarterback battle could roll into August or maybe even September. Georgia doesn’t open this season with Clemson and South Carolina. It opens on Sept. 5 against Louisiana-Monroe followed by Vanderbilt. If it’s a close call on who should be the starter, perhaps it will be decided in an actual game.
They need to be building rapport, timing and leadership at the position sooner than later. The longer they have to put that off because of a quarterback battle that extends into the season, the greater the likelihood that the offense is more disjointed than we’ve been used to seeing.