Hey, with a week or so to go in preseason practice, Mark Richt finally uttered more than two sentences about the quarterback competition. Here’s how he assessed the three yesterday:
On Lambert: “Day one, I got a little nervous for a minute there because he struggled. But I think he was a little nervous, had a little nervous energy and all. But he’s settled in now and he’s throwing the ball well as far as fundamentally. For the amount of time he’s been here and been in the system, he’s done a good job of learning what to do and gotten himself in the competition.”
On Ramsey: “Brice has really improved his preparation skills. Starting in the spring I saw a difference in him. I think it had a lot to do with him thinking ‘I’m in this thing.’ I don’t know if he was mature enough before to really be preparing for the moment.’ … I saw a big change in the spring in how he was preparing.”
On Bauta: “Faton is a preparation machine. I mean, the guy works. He may be the hardest-working guy I’ve ever seen. And he really cares about his team and teammates and making others better around him. He’s probably made the least amount of mistakes than anybody out there. He’s been very good about having a purpose every time he throws the ball, which I appreciate.”
I think we just got confirmation about why Ramsey hasn’t been able to lock down the starting slot and how Bauta’s managed to stay in the mix. (Not to mention that it again makes me wonder how different things might be right now if Mike Bobo were still in Athens.)
I can’t figure out where Lambert fits in, though. I’ve heard the rumors out there about how he’s Schottenheimer’s guy, but that doesn’t make a lot of sense, to be honest. Richt makes it sound like they’ve made progress cleaning up his fundamentals, which, considering where he came from, has probably taken some real effort both by Lambert and the coaches. And by all accounts, Lambert’s a smart kid. But I’m truly skeptical that a month in the program is enough time to grasp what is known to be a fairly complex playbook, even if it involves handing off to Nick Chubb half the time.
Bottom line, it sounds to me like there’s still a whole lot of motivating going on. And that’s not something we’ve seen a need for at that position in a while.