“I’m not sure. We’re getting closer.”

About the quarterback battle, Richt now says there’s “a chance we have a couple of guys getting reps” in the opener against Louisiana-Monroe.

I don’t know what that says about who will win the starting job – and one of the three will win it – but I’m slowly coming around to the notion that the longer the process goes on, the more likely it is that Ramsey is losing his shot to take it.

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48 responses to ““I’m not sure. We’re getting closer.”

  1. JN

    Assuming that two would play against La. Monroe has been the safest bet since before Lambert transferred in. It’s possible now that all three will play in that game. IMO, unless Bauta is absolutely awful in camp, you almost have to give him a shot in a real game b/c of what his greatest strength is supposed to be.

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    • Playing all three? If it’s a rout, okay. But I really doubt Richt is going to go into the regular season with a three-man rotation.

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      • JN

        Yes, that’s part of what I meant. I expect to see all three in the first game because it’s La Monroe, which should be a rout. In my mind I was comparing that type of opener to the type we’ve played the past two years.

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        • I’ve never been in the arena but I’m not sure playing all three in a rout will tell us much… Trying to play all three in a relatively close game seems like a recipe to disaster.

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          • JN

            I agree, which is why it worries me. I’m not advocating playing three, as you said, that’d be a disaster. What I’m saying is, what does it say about Schottenheimer as a coordinator and qb coach if a guy is clearly and obviously the #3 come Aug 31st (Monday of game week), but he was still running with the 1’s seventeen days prior (first scrimmage this coming Friday). If one of them isn’t clearly #3 now, then they won’t clearly be #3 come game week.

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  2. Bauta is playing within his abilities and has been consistent with steady improvement. Brice has proved but hasn’t been able to separate.

    May be a good thing in the long run.

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  3. Connor

    Troubling. I don’t know about anyone else, but I haven’t gotten the impression they have three good options and just can’t pick one. I’m still hoping that’s the case because this team has a lot going for it and it would be a shame if it was held back by bad quarterback play.
    Actually it would be a pretty fitting chapter in the UGA football drama if we were to be undone by bad QB play now. Wherefore art thou, Bobo?

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    • I am the same, I thought with three 4 star in high school QBs, one would rise above the others and with high accolades. I am not hearing any glowing reports on anyone, always something positive and then a “but” they don’t do so and so well. Really concerning at this point.

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    • You expressed my thoughts exactly. I am very worried at this point. Sure hope someone steps up.

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  4. paul

    If we’re working from the premise that it was Ramsey’s job to lose and most of us are since he was the heir apparent under Bobo, then Brice’s inability to nail it down seems to indicate that either Bauta is making a lot of progress very quickly or Ramsey is not. Given the two choices I’m hoping it’s the former. I’d much rather have indecision based on the fact that two guys are both playing lights out as opposed to trying to decide who has the least destructive downside.

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    • Don’t ignore Door No. 3. I’m hearing a surprising amount of chatter about Lambert’s chances.

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      • Gravidy

        So am I, and that scares the crap out of me.

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        • Uglydawg

          me too, Gravidy…but possibly CMR and Schot have the philosophy that competition will sharpen to a razor edge. I’m betting all three are more than capable and probably excellent.
          There was a lot of chatter earlier, that Bauta was a natural leader and made better decisions. With Georgia’s offense, that may be enough, and CMR is looking for icing on that cake.

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        • Skeptic Dawg

          While Lambert is the great unknown, I would be excited if he wins the starting. The kid is obviously smart, he brings game experience, and he has a strong arm. This sounds like the perfect QB.

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        • Two ways to look at it Gravidy:

          “Scare the crap out of us” option 1:
          Neither Ramsey or Bauta have progressed very well..so poorly in fact, that an average ACC QB who just lost his starting spot came in fresh and took the lead.

          “Everyone stay calm” option 2:
          Ramsey and Bauta are both progressing well and are neck in neck. Both could be solid options. Lambert, due to solid QB coaching, is rapidly gaining ground and may look to compete for the spot soon.

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          • Gravidy

            Both options are possible. When I said it scared the crap out of me, I was overstating things a bit, but I am concerned about it. The notion that Lambert (who had lost his job at Virginia) could walk in and win the job in a month’s time makes me lean more toward you option 1 than your option 2.

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  5. I suspect that Brice would be the most likely to get upset and transfer, if he doesn’t get the top slot. Lambert would be the least likely to transfer out.

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  6. Macallanlover

    Don’t care which one, but confident we have enough talent on campus to find a solid QB. I understand the importance of the QB position but it isn’t my major concern about this team’s title chances. Richt and Schotty are the right guys to make this decision, and they have good options.

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  7. Otter

    Seems for whatever reason BR has not grabbed hold of the position like everyone wanted him too. If FB is half the workhorse and respected teammate he is made out to be, very hard to discount his intangibles.

    I wish the kid from UVA could have gotten around the program earlier.

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  8. South FL Dawg

    At this point, I’m 99.9% sure we see 2 guys rotating in game 1. So for now all I’m looking for is who is the odd man out. I refuse to worry as long as we have the rest of our offense intact.

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  9. Dave

    I’m not suggesting there is a possible 1st team All-American within our ranks at QB, but I have to believe the staff is letting the competition go on as long as is reasonable to ensure the eventual starter busts his butt through camp. That’s not to say they have already made a decision, but rather, they want whoever they do chose to have really, really earned it.

    Because there was no heir-apparent as in years past, it only makes sense. And, it better prepares a backup should that become necessary, which is never a bad thing.

    The reason I’m more optimistic than many is because, given the near impossibility these days to keep something really under wraps, I have to believe we’d be hearing about it if all three QB’s were looking less than serviceable.

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  10. JRod1229

    Still think it is just mind games. Of course two QBs will play against LA Monroe (or so we hope, in a rout). Richt just wants BR to realize what it takes to be a QB in this league. The practice reports are a minimal viewing period but each day they show Ramsey ahead, and the only one who can push the ball downfield with any reliability. Again, its a small subset but color me shocked if Ramsey isn’t our one and only for the first half (sans a package set for Bauta).

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  11. DawgPhan

    seems more and more like the old “if you have 2 QBs you dont have any” type of situation. I fully expect QB to be average this season and probably next season and hope that improvements in defense and running the ball will carry us. WRs are also thin so expecting the passing game to be worth more than maybe 1 TD and 200 yards per game is probably wishful thinking.

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  12. Bulldog Joe

    Competition is a great motivator and our coaching staff is not going to cut it short. Pressure on the practice field helps prepare them for pressure in the game.

    Let’s see what these guys can do.

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    • SRQDawgs15

      My thoughts exactly! Our coaches have a starter and the reason we haven’t held a press conference to announce it is (1) our coach is not a media whore like so many of his peers and (2) calling it an ongoing battle brings out the best in everyone.

      Think about it…..Ramsey was the leader going into spring, the G-Day starter, the leader exiting spring, the starter on the post spring depth chart, the leader going into fall, and the leader still……he’s the starter guys! Practice reports started with Bauta and Ramsey doing well and Lambert struggling, there have been reports of either Lambert or Bauta or both struggling throughout but everything reported about Ramsey has been good…..he has the most talent, throws the best ball, hasn’t had one of those bad days that the others keep having. The only thing that is weird or discouraging about this QB race has been the way our own “fans” have reacted to it. Of course we’ll see more than 1 QB against UL-M…..we’ll be up 30 points in the 2nd quarter!

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      • First off, Richt corrected the status of the two-deep before August practice started, by saying that Ramsey and Bauta were on equal footing.

        Second, Lambert struggled in the first practice, but I haven’t seen a report that says he’s done so since.

        But the main thing here is that you’re claiming Richt would deliberately mislead the fan base and the team about the starting quarterback so as not to appear to be a media whore?

        Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, honestly.

        Sometimes there’s a quarterback battle because there’s a quarterback battle.

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        • SRQDawgs15

          I saw an official depth chart, released by UGA, that said Ramsey was the starter just like everyone else did. Richt being coy about that just fits right into the rest of it. And fits right in with how he has dealt with the media the past few years. Kind of like all of the suspensions last year, kind of like not disclosing injuries…..he isn’t lying necessarily but he’s not going to gather all of the media to announce our starting QB so people like you can move onto the next unfounded complaint.

          I never said CMR would mislead the fan base in order to appear not to be a media whore. I said he isn’t a media whore, he knows his job is to coach the football team not to appease random bloggers.

          As for your other points, sorry you missed the other practice reports but they’re out there and they say Lambert has struggled from the get go and continues to do so, although getting better.

          It all makes perfect sense, not anointing a starter keeps all 3 QBs working harder to get better and/or win the job. That helps our starter and it helps the backups as well. What part of that doesn’t make sense? Unless, of course, you’ve got an axe to grind or you’re just deliberately misrepresenting my comment. I do notice you didn’t take exception to the 3-4 other posters who basically said the same thing.

          Or, you know, we could be horrible and lucky to win a game. Seems that would make more of your readers happy than the alternative!

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          • I saw an official depth chart, released by UGA, that said Ramsey was the starter…

            You did. And Richt promptly repudiated it.

            As for your other points, sorry you missed the other practice reports but they’re out there and they say Lambert has struggled from the get go and continues to do so, although getting better.

            I’m evidently hearing more stuff then you are about Lambert.

            It all makes perfect sense, not anointing a starter keeps all 3 QBs working harder to get better and/or win the job. That helps our starter and it helps the backups as well. What part of that doesn’t make sense?

            If Richt knows who the starter is, you know what makes more sense than not telling the candidates? Reps. And making sure the starter gets them in August instead of September.

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  13. dawgblog

    I think the coaches do not yet trust Ramsey’s, or any other QB’s, decision making in game situations. I think scrimmages will help, but Richt may want to see Ramsey and (QB to be named later) in a game situation against ULM.

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  14. Lakatos Intolerant

    It seems to me that our entire staff – from what I’ve read and from MRs presser yesterday where essentially nothing was said in 12 minutes – is focused on controlling the hype machine more so than in years past. No one is raving about any of the freshman; every comment about the QB battle has been very non-committal (rotate/competition/all are capable/blah); very little talk about individual players excelling. Just one man’s opinion, but they are being mindful of how media hype can alter reasonable expectations…and I completely agree. I say we keep talking about the world beating construction orange team to the north, see if they can handle the pressure of being anointed by various media figures.

    I honestly have no idea how I would handicap the QB race, my gut feeling changes daily based on what I read/hear. But I will say that – IMHO – we have the best QB developing tandem in all of college football and I ultimately (preemptively?) feel good about whoever wins the job. I don’t think we put up 41 points/game again but still think we’ll have a well-oiled machine easily capable of averaging mid-30s.

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  15. Bright Idea

    We’re gonna’ panic about something it might as well be this.

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  16. realbendukes

    I’ll tell you who the starter’s gonna be – the one who takes the first snap.

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  17. Stupid wordpress login above. But yes, I’m “real” … laaaaaaaaaaame.

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    • That’s what happens when you get out of practice. The Eeyore Dog Blog has fallen on hard times, pulled in their #3 off the bench and headed to the showers. But I see what you did. You thought your work was done and slowed you roll. Gotta stay in shape Duke. 😉

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  18. The other Doug

    Classes start on the 17th, and after that it’s harder to transfer.

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  19. They each have their individual strengths and weaknesses so none can separate. This is the scariest scenario, imo. Oh well….

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  20. Noonan

    I want to see Bauta in action. With our tight ends, a guy who can move the pocket with a threat to take off running could be hard to stop.

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  21. tludlam

    How is Bauta at fair-catching?

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  22. sniffer

    Ok, its a real game and it means something. But, don’t these guys practice everyday against a better defense than L-M? How do the coaches learn much about their QB’s against a smaller, slower defensive unit? By the third quarter, with no depth, L-M would allow JT111 to look like Tom Brady.

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  23. ApalachDawg

    Remember the good ol’ days of this blog with Mr. Murray and the constant chatter about the Mett being passed over….

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  24. W Cobb Dawg

    The season is 3 weeks away, so there’s pleanntey of time. Of course, we could always delay the final decision until Eason arrives in January.

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  25. shane#1

    What would be wrong in playing Bauta in the HUNH spread and Ramsey in the power I and pro sets?

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  26. I have a theory nobody agrees with. The coaches are afraid Ramsey will transfer & they want a qualified back-up QB for the next three years.
    It appears to me that Ramsey will play behind Bauta, Lambert, & then Eason for the next three years If he does not transfer with 3 years of eligibility left.
    Therefore the coaches keep giving the Dawg a Bone to keep him at UGA.

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