“It’s an interesting dynamic of the timing.”

Mark Richt confirms and attempts to explain – it would be a real stretch to say he’s shedding any light – that Georgia is pursuing Virginia graduate transfer quarterback .

“To me, having three is a small number on scholarship,” Richt said. “It’s just like at any position, if you’ve got guys that are interested in your school you spend time with them, talk to them and see if it’s a good fit. I mean, everybody’s gotta compete for their job, and that’s true for all sports. So this is really no different.”

This is the second quarterback Georgia has been linked to over the past month: Notre Dame transfer reportedly visited Georgia before deciding on Florida State. Richt never confirmed the recruitment of Golson, and the SEC’s rule against graduate transfers who have been in trouble at their former school may have had an impact as well.

Lambert is under no such restriction. He will have two years of eligibility at his next school, and is coming off a year in which he started nine games for Virginia, but struggled at times with interceptions.

“If there’s a transfer who has the talent base to help you win, then you recruit him, you talk to him.” Richt said. “It’s well wtihin the rules. I don’t know if the word is honoring, but you’re rewarding a guy who’s gotten his degree and given him an opportunity to make a change if he wants to or stay if he wants to.”

As someone who watched Lambert play last season, all I can say is that if he elects to come to Georgia and winds up in the final mix for starter, Richt and Schottenheimer will have done an impressive job coaching him up.  More depth can’t hurt, though.

It sure would be interesting to hear what the coaches are saying in private on this, no?

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38 responses to ““It’s an interesting dynamic of the timing.”

  1. Russ

    Sounds like they’re looking for choice number 4 to turn around and hand the ball to Chubb/Marshall/Michel/Turman. In case the worst happens.

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  2. Otto

    If you’re on the 4th QB, the OL is so bad it likely doesn’t much matter who is in the game.

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  3. RocketDawg

    We do play AT Tennessee this year, we need to have at least 15 deep at each position after playing on that cow pasture.

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  4. We need the depth and any of the three we’ve got are a bolt risk if they aren’t the starter in 2015 and/or because Eason is on his way.

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    • Gastr1

      ^My take too.

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      • WF Dawg

        Me as well. What’s terrifying to think about is that Richt might even be under the impression that multiple QBs would transfer if not named the starter this year. In recruiting Lambert, he might be recruiting this year’s sole scholarship backup QB. Gulp.

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  5. Gurkha Dawg

    When is the last time any team, including OSU had to go to their fourth string QB. I’ve said this before, this makes me worry about what the coaches think of what we have in regards to our current three. In todays high scoring CFB world, it will take more than handing the ball to Chubb to win. ( See nats game last year )

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    • You aren’t taking reps or scout team into account. The problem with three is that you could lose one and you are screwed. You need two game ready qbs and a scout team qb at a minimum. All three have to be healthy. This means you need at least 4. This isn’t a comment on anything but depth and what anyone of these three may do in the near future. We are scary thin. It doesn’t mean our qbs suck.

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      • Mayor

        This is an excellent observation, Derek. It just could be that CMR and Schotty just want another “arm” for practice.

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      • Gurkha Dawg

        I didn’t say our QBs suck. But they are a huge unknown. I hope Ramsey is the next Joe Willie but from what I have seen of his accuracy and decision making, I am worried.

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      • blunderbuss

        Ramsey, Park, Bauta, Vaughn, Robinson.

        Sounds like plenty of arms to me.

        No, more than anything this indicates a lack of confidence. All these guys have issues: important that no one raved about Ramsey’s leadership I think, Bauta’s arm strength isn’t great as per G Day, and Park a) doesn’t trust his protection enough, as he said, and b) didn’t get into the playbook like he should’ve.

        It’s worrisome. The calm that coaches are showing comes from the running back corps. Not the QBs.

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        • RBM

          I know Vaughn is a walk on but who is Robinson?

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          • blunderbuss

            Nick Robinson, kid from Cal, preferred walk on. 3 star recruit too, just not on scholarship. On campus now.

            Seriously, it all smells like panic.

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            • RBM

              Interesting. I didn’t know about him.

              I still tend to believe this is about Schottenheimer wanting more quality depth.

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    • Otto

      It doesn’t change what I think of the QBs at all, I’ve thought for years Richt managed the roster incorrectly. UGA is constantly recruiting some allstar QB but for years OL was thin.

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    • Noonan

      How many times did Tech throw the ball in that game?

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  6. Spike

    We have 4 qb’s. three on scholly, one walk on.

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    • Mayor

      I checked and it doesn’t appear Georgia signed any QBs for the 2015 signing class. So 4 QBs is it through the end of the upcoming season absent (1) someone leaving; or (2) somebody transferring in.

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    • JCDAWG83

      I saw the walk on at a practice in April. He looked like a walk on. The difference was glaring.

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  7. sUGArdaddy

    The point isn’t isn’t that he might be better than all we’ve got; the issue is if he is better than anyone we’ve got. You never know what’s going to happen. If he’s an upgrade at 3rd string or back-up, you go for it, because you never know when you’re going to need them to win a game for you. You just never know.

    LSU won an SEC title w/ a back-up QB twice in the last 15 years. OSU won it all with a 3rd stringer last year. Stuff happens. We’ve had to play the bowl game with our back-up the last two years and had to play Tech two years ago with a back-up. Upgrading the quality of depth is a win/win. If he wins the job, Richt knows what he’s doing at QB. We can trust him. But it’s not always about winning the job. Jake Ganus may not start, but he made us better. Lambert might can do the same, even if that means upping the ante to Ramsey to compete like never before.

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  8. VoxDawg

    JPark is gone like Alderaan when Ramsey/Bauta come out on top. I don’t think they’re worried about having 3 QBs on scholly – they’re worried about having ONLY 3 QBs on scholly once the smoke clears and the fallout settles.

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    • I think this is it Vox…

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    • Gurkha Dawg

      Yep, I think Park is gone. He is 3rd string now, beind a redshirt soph and a redshirt jr with a 5 star coming. There are plenty of teams who could use a 4 star talent like Park.

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    • JCDAWG83

      If a qb leaves because he’s not the starter I take it two ways:

      First; the guy thinks he’s better than he is. He was a stud in high school and can’t accept that he’s third string college qb material so he gets his lip poked out and leaves. I hate to lose the depth and the arm at practice, but don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

      Or; the coaches are not giving everyone a legitimate shot at the starting job and have a favorite that they are giving the job to in spite of other qbs being better, so the qb leaves to get a fair shot with another program. This would be a serious issue.

      Since I’ve never heard any rumors about the coaches not giving a guy a fair shot, I’ll assume the first scenario is the case if Park leaves.

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      • RBM

        It doesn’t have to be one of your two very narrow interpretations. It could be that he just wants to go somewhere where he has a better chance to play.

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        • Atticus

          And the fact that he can play Augusta National and his woman is in Athens and he can build a future coaching resume if that is what he wants to do…..on and on…..

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      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Maybe the guy who transfers wants to play more than it appears he is going to play at Georgia.

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      • JTP

        Your two ways are dumb.

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  9. RBM

    When neither Ramsey or Bauta could take playing time away from Mason last year, I knew we were heading for trouble this year.

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  10. Rumor Mill – we lose one QB to transfer either in August or December.

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  11. Spike

    JCDAWG83..You have no idea what you are talking about…

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    • Uglydawg

      True. It could be you have 3 outstanding talents. It’s different from any other position as you are not going to play a lot if you’re one of the top two or three. They could all be future Joe Montanas for all we know…and if they are, you can’t blame one of them for bolting.

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      • Dog in Fla

        “They could all be future Joe Montanas for all we know…”

        Idaho, it could be something else…

        “I kind of saw [him] and was like, hmmm, but I decided to throw it anyway…”

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  12. If a player who has experience wants to come to UGA, there’s no reason not to spend time with the guy. You do have to let him know that he will come here and start out as #4 on the depth chart.

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  13. Michael

    Richt has to be thinking that Lambert is an undervalued asset. In the same way that Harbaugh is no doubt thinking “I can get more out of Jake Rudock than Greg Davis could,” Richt is probably thinking (correctly) that he’s better at developing QBs than Steve Fairchild and that shitshow of an offensive staff in Charlottesville.

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