Maybe that quarterback race is even tighter than we’ve thought.
Richt has had quarterback competitions before. There was 2006, it was Matthew Stafford, the true freshman and early enrollee, competing with Joe Cox, Joe Tereshinski III and Blake Barnes. In 2010, it was Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenburger and Logan Gray. But this, Richt said, is “by far” the closest competition.
So he suspects it will last into August preseason practice.
“With the amount of transition, learning going on, I’m not certain we’ll be able to make that determination at that point. I’m not sitting here saying we’re going to have to name a number one at the end of spring,” Richt said. “I’m not think that’s going to be the case or that’s a big goal of ours. The big thing is to give these guys opportunities and see how they handle it and evaluate and try to make that determination when we get there.”
Maybe it’s due in part to the strangeness of having an open quarterback competition for the first time in several seasons, but it’s strange to hear Richt talk like that. Not bad, necessarily, but definitely different. And maybe it’s due in part to having a new set of eyes to share in the evaluation of the position. The general consensus was that had Mike Bobo stayed, Ramsey would have been the likely starter, but that’s not where they’re at anymore.
In any case, that’s the hand that’s been dealt. Along with finding a replacement for David Andrews, you’ve got a situation that’s going to call for giving a lot of opportunities, that’s for sure.