We shall serve no quarterback before his time.

I mentioned the other day I hope whatever quarterback controversy exists between Fauta, Park and Ramsey gets settled by the time spring practice concludes, so that there’s plenty of time to build chemistry and familiarity around the position.  For another viewpoint, here’s Cam Cameron, LSU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach:

Q: Is it vital that you have a clear-cut No. 1 quarterback coming out of spring?

A: “In the NFL, I’d say ‘yes’ but in college I’d say ‘no.’ I’m not speaking for Les, but college players can improve so much in the summer and through a fall camp. Game experience is the true test.”

Take that for what it’s worth.  Cameron has the perspective of coaching on both levels, but it’s not exactly as if game experience revealed a competent starting quarterback for him last season.  Although since he refers to improvement in practice, what exactly does he mean by “game experience” there?

My real question is whether Brian Schottenheimer, who’s following in Cameron’s footsteps experience-wise, shares a similar sentiment.  Under Richt, Georgia hasn’t made an in season call on a starter at the position other than in 2006, but the situation that season and what the staff faces in 2015 couldn’t be more different.  My guess is we won’t hear much until spring practice is well underway.  And you’ll only hear thinking like Cameron’s if nobody steps forward to separate himself at the position for the coaches.

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25 responses to “We shall serve no quarterback before his time.

  1. Wouldn’t it be fair to say that it really wasn’t settled until a couple of games in during Richt’s first year? Greene started, but rotated series for at least a game or two If I remember right, the other guys were still being given a chance to win it.

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  2. PTC DAWG

    Handing off ain’t hard.

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    • Juan

      We will need to do more than hand off if we want to win the SEC. We need a dynamic Playmaker QB. It’s gotta be Park.

      Game experience revealed just how far Ramsey still has to go.

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      • Cojones

        While I have a “feeling” that you are correct about Park, I can’ t fault Ramsey for his mistakes when inserted unexpectedly into a game. The table is even for all, including Vaugn. Athletes grow more proficient with time, but for differing shortcomings. The one that gets fastest nearer perfection will be the chosen one. Plus, this is all on the backs of the coaches who work with them. Performance by the QB is where a lot of coaches’ jobs hang and you had better bet that they will chose the best one for the team.

        My concern is finding the Center-QB combination that is best at the earliest date in order to let them practice together as much as possible before inserting them into “live” fire.

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        • Bobby

          I think Ramsey will end up being the starter. While he wasn’t particularly impressive when he was inserted into games last season, I agree that it was under less-than-optimal circumstances. Honestly, it just looked like he was jittery and having a hard time seeing the field, leading to some inaccurate throws. He definitely has the physical tools to be a good passer; once he’s had an offseason to develop further, the game will slow down for him, and he’ll get a fair opportunity to establish a comfortable rhythm with the offense. Then, we’ll see whether he has the mental tools to get the job done.

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          • Cojones

            D.J. went through the same process and I remember the teeth gritting that went on before he started. Hope the same success to the QB selected.

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  3. AusDawg85

    Whoever hands the ball off best.

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  4. SouthGaDawg

    I’m not sure there will be a true starter named after spring ball…and that’s not a bad thing. The Dawg days of August are where the man and boys are separated.

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  5. W Cobb Dawg

    I’m going to throw another wrench into the mix. Let’s use the wild cat, err wild dawg, more often.

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    • Problem with that is it undercuts the bread and butter of the offense, play action passing.

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      • 69Dawg

        We need to have a package of read option for F Bauta. If for no other reason than inside the 10. The times Mason kept on it he was able to stumble into the endzone. Let FB do his magic in the red zone even if you want to pass it on a rollout.

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        • We “need”, eh? Georgia was tied for first in the conference in red zone TDs last season.

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          • Lrgk9

            Tied, spit, that’s like Kissin’ your sister. Hell, let’s be first by a runaway margin I say..

            But the real issue is, when the chips are down, like in the USCjr game, or the SEC Championship vs da Tide, having that extra wrinkle can be a very BIG Deal imo.

            Rooks and Queens, Bishops and Pawns are all very nice, but in a pinch – down in the end game & pinched in deep and late on the board – give me a Knight.

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          • Cojones

            Agree with 69 in that we “need” it.

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  6. Mike Cooley

    I would guess that one of them will separate himself enough from the pack that a starter will be named after spring practice. Schottenheimer will certainly put his stamp on things to a point but like we’ve said, I is still Richt’s show and I can’t see Richt letting Schottenheimer play with this too much.

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  7. Macallanlover

    As said in the discussion yesterday, I don’t feel the urgent need to get to a decision point by the end of spring. Certainly having a returning star at this position would be preferable but there are positives to have three hungry dogs fighting it out into the summer camp period. I think we will be in fine shape at QB with the talent we have on hand, and with the staff to make that decision.

    Worry more about the run stopping ability of our D, that is what will make the difference between ring, or no ring, in my opinion. And I think we have a decent shot to have both of these need areas addressed to our satisfaction.

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  8. 69Dawg

    The problem with Cameron’s explanation, of the difference between pro and college, is that the pros have the pre-season games to make sure they’re right about the QB. Usually in college you don’t have that option, unless you are UF with their usual cupcake buffet. This year we seem to have the option of treating at least the ULM game as a pre-season game. I know that ULM is capable of biting us in the buttocks, if we play too sloppy, the first game but maybe a rotation could help us decide who wins the QB derby.

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  9. IAmAGurleyMan

    Fauta? Really?

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    • Macallanlover

      Why? You may be right, he certainly seems to have the least amount of support amongst fans but with all starting with a clean slate, what is gained by denigrating a Dawg trying his best to help us all? So many run down our players and staff based on every single result on the field, is it really necessary to mock players in advance? You must have been/are a great supporter of those around you who hope for some chance of encouragement for things getting better. “Shut up kid! You have no chance, totally laughable. And stay off the grass.”

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  10. Cameron haz no crayons and is in bad need of that blue chipper, Ivy League walk on player at QB.

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    • Cojones

      “Ivy league” ? I comprehended that to be “Ivory” League due to the toothpaste glint from their namesake school that Vaugn was recruited by. Sheesh!

      Uh oh. Here come de Senator!

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