If there’s been a more unabashed supporter of Brice Ramsey’s likelihood of being Georgia’s starting quarterback in 2015 than Dawg Post’s Dean Legge, I’ve missed it. So for Legge to acknowledge this…
At this point I don’t expect Georgia to name a starter until before the week the season starts – and probably only then because they have to.
… speaks volumes. And not in a comforting way, if you’re someone like me who would prefer to see an offense breaking in a new starter at the position, a new offensive coordinator and dealing with significant turnover at the wide receiver position (as well as a new position coach there) have an opportunity to start settling in as soon as possible. I get that some of you are enamored with the benefits of endless competition in August and keeping people guessing about Georgia’s tactics, but to me there’s a real downside the longer the situation remains unsettled.
A new quarterback and his (new, too, by the way) center need reps. A new quarterback and his receivers need reps. The more you shift those from preseason practice to real game time, the greater the risk you run from timing issues that cost you offensive efficiency. Add to that the pressure on whoever is named the first starter of feeling like he’s one mistake away from being benched in favor of the next guy in line, and you’re going to wind up with quarterbacks playing so tight you won’t be able to insert a straight pin up their asses.
And this isn’t about picking a particular horse in this race. I don’t care who starts this season, as long as he’s a competent SEC quarterback – and, remember I mentioned in my G-Day observations I felt like there is somebody at the position whom Richt and Schottenheimer can develop to that level. Along those lines, it’s worth considering that any uncertainty now doesn’t simply reflect on Ramsey, although it may be the case that it reflects upon him the most. None of the three has separated himself from the pack at this point, and if Richt feels this way,
“There is a chance we have a couple guys taking reps in game one,” Richt added. “I’m not sure.”
… that may continue for an uncomfortable time.
Now I get that Richt has been developing quarterbacks for a very long time and has a solid track record in that regard. So there’s that. But just because I acknowledge it doesn’t mean I have to like where things appear to stand. Because the question that’s starting to bubble in the back of my mind – what happens if Georgia’s 2015 starting quarterback isn’t as effective as Hutson Mason was last season? – isn’t something I’m ready to ponder quite yet.