It’s about time you gave us some tea leaves to read.

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.

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  1. The other Doug

    He doesn’t say anything even remotely negative about Bauta, It’s all gushing praise. It’s hard to see him not get a chance against ULM.

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    • It’s what he doesn’t say about Bauta that’s more important.

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    • Brandon (Version 1)

      Texas cost themselves a national championship one year by the coach insisting on playing the kid with the big arm and the famous dad (Chris Sims) over the hard working scrapper (Major Applewhite). I am not saying its the same exact situation here of course but playing the guy with the best physical gifts does not always make the most sense. If our defense is a legitimate championship caliber defense which for the first time since pre-season 2005 I actually have hope that it may be, and we can run the ball with success as we ought to be able to, we don’t necessarily need a future pro at QB, all we need is someone who does not make stupid mistakes and has the heart to lead the team.

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      • … all we need is someone who does not make stupid mistakes and has the heart to lead the team.

        If that were all it took, you’d think the coaches would have anointed Bauta as the starter already.

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        • Brandon (Version 1)

          What I am saying is the physical attributes aren’t everything. I don’t have a horse in this. Conventional wisdom has been that Ramsey has the highest upside and based on what little we have seen of Bauta and Ramsey I’d say that’s probably correct but if the team turns out to be as good as it appears they can be on defense and in the running game we don’t necessarily need the highest upside guy at QB to do what we need to do.

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  2. Huntindawg

    Richt is the master of damnation by faint praise. My interpretation of his comments:
    “Lambert is the best quarterback. He needs to learn the playbook.”
    “Ramsey doesn’t have his head in the game and needs to get it together.”
    “Bauta means well, but isn’t our guy.”

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    • “Of all the college quarterbacks in the world, we have three of them.”

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    • Snoop Dawgy Dawg

      based solely on parsing quotes that are third hand at best, which means I really have no idea and am projecting entirely onto the situation, I put it like this:

      Lambert – cerebral, clunky mechanics, starter if he had been at UGA the whole time
      Ramsey – most talented guy on the roster. Put Bauta or Murray’s prep work willingness on this guy and he’s the unquestioned starter. as is, can make all the throws, isn’t always sure which one to make. late on some throws because he hesitates to make the read
      Bauta – a more talented JTIII(I use JTIII as a great compliment). works his tail off to maximize every ounce of his ability, but just doesn’t quite have what is needed for the job.

      so, in true internet fashion… ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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  3. Biggus Rickus

    My least favorite part of preseason coverage is the parsing of quotes to try to divine what’s really going on with the team. The season can’t get here soon enough.

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  4. I have two (possibly competing) thoughts on what is going on with this competition:

    1) Surely the QBs are getting more information about their status than the fanbase is – right? I mean, these guys aren’t having to read the ABH to find out what Richt thinks of their game.

    2) If/when Ramsey comes out on top of this thing, isn’t he going to feel like he actually accomplished something rather than just having it handed to him? Seems like that confidence booster would be good for a guy that will probably be “the guy” for the next 2 years.

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  5. Dolly Llama

    The “fairly complex playbook” part of this scares me the most. Pleasepleaseplease don’t let Schott “Grantham” our offense.

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    • Dolly, this offense was complex before Schottenheimer showed up. Bobo wasn’t running a high school (or even a college) offense by the time he left for his promotion. It was an NFL offense. There’s a reason (other than the IPF) the coaches spent a lot of time in Flowery Branch.

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      • Brandon (Version 1)

        I don’t know that it was that complex. Grantham called it Mickey Mouse which is why I laughed so hard when Mickey Mouse whipped his ass so thoroughly in the bowl game.

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  6. Uglydawg

    Order of my hopes.
    Georgia gets a W against ULM
    Georgia gets a large enough lead to play at least two of these guys.
    They are all so good that Georgia can afford to sell one of them to Auburn, who needs a good QB because they get beat by 40 in their opener.

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    • Saxondawg

      My concern about ULM is that it’s G-Day 2. All the quarterbacks will do their thing against ULM. We’ll be right back where we started. Vandy @Nashville, even being Vandy, will be a much better barometer. So we’ll have to wait a little longer, and I don’t like that with SC on its way.

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      • ULM may be a SBC team, but within those confines they are touted to have a very competent defense. I recall what UAB threw at UGa in ’03 to the tune of 13-16.

        And that was a Georgia offense of Greene & Lumpkin & Watson & Gibson & Brown.

        Granted, the game was smack in the middle of the season just before UF, but I won’t be discounting the Warhawks.

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  7. Mr. Richt, as John Legend sings, I can say as well that ” I’m on your magical mystery ride”, enjoying it and can’t stop singing. LOL

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  8. Macallanlover

    Taking a positive side to this issue, we may be so close to being the complete package this season that CMR and CBS are looking for “perfection” for the QB position and we just don’t have that. I believe we have talent just above the good level, bit we have had so much better these guys fall a little short in one area.

    I get the Rudy comparison, understand how Ramsey could have trouble stepping into that “being the man” role coming from where he was in HS, and see Lambert as someone who needed to be coached up on fundamentals before he can use his physical talents and acquire comfort with the playbook in a new, complex offense.

    I just don’t think we have three 4 star QBs that can’t be pretty good. This will sort itself out and we have the perfect September schedule for easing our way into it. It is obviously a chance for Richt to get that SEC title this year with a team that looks the best in the SEC. And it is important for Schotty to prove the critics wrong about his offensive prowess and give recruits we are after the comfort that UGA is going to be the right place to be the next few years. I think they are just over thinking it and being cautious because we don’t have that spotlight on us to begin the season. I will take Door A, or B, or C and I don’t want them to make the wrong selection just because we felt compelled to put fans and media at ease.

    It isn’t like we don’t have the answer in-house, just being very thorough and cautious because a lot is at stake. I do think we see separation on at least one of those after today’s scrimmage and feel it is likely that we will enter week one with 2 contenders. We may know after that ULM game, but seeing both if them play on the road the next week wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

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    • Macallanlover

      Meant “best in the SEC East, although we could be the best in the SEC if a couple of question areas pop our way by the end of the season.

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  9. AusDawg85

    Forget the parsing of the quotes. Richt is trolling everyone because they don’t want to believe the obvious…he’s still not sure who “the guy” is going to be. That’s a concern and a distraction. As the Senator noted a couple of weeks ago, you’d like to have your #1 working full speed with all the other #1’s right now, particularly timing / feel / trust with the receivers. This is not an ideal situation, but not the end of the world either.

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    • charlottedawg

      This. The fact that we don’t have a guy by now is not a good thing, in any way shape or form. There’s a reason Richt stated in the spring he wanted to have a starter named by middle of fall camp. Because Richt wants to have his #1 getting acclimated to the offense with two weeks until the start of the season. The reason he hasn’t picked a guy is really simple: nobody on the roster has played at the level required of a starting qb at Georgia. that is the only reason Richt is letting this drag on for so long.

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      • Macallanlover

        Possible, no one on this forum can know for sure, but that seems unlikely. To say nobody has played at the level required to be a starting QB seems extreme to me. Each of these guys were 4 star QBs 3 years ago, where does a starting QB for UGA score? Lets say they have be in the 85th percentile to be good, and that one of these guys scores 85 on that evaluation, another 89, and the remaining candidate at 90. Now each has strengths and weaknesses, but are pretty darned good. The decision is close enough to justify a very fine tuned look that cannot be made on Day i, or Week 2. It doesn’t have to indicate they are all failing because we cannot differentiate with a degree of certainty between 2-3 acceptable guys. It is a big decision, especially for a first year OC, and a coach that knows the difference between winning or failing to win a title can be a handful of plays.

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  10. simpl_matter

    I think we should all be thankful for this situation. We have a game (maybe two) that would normally be mildly interesting after the first half, instead now we’ll all be avoiding bathroom breaks until the clock hits 00:00 in the 4th to watch whoever is in at QB. All the extra gristle we get to chew following an otherwise ho-hum 50+ point blow-out will also be nice (hope I didn’t just jinx us).

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  11. Otter

    Is Faton has done everything asked of him and still not start caliber why did we sign him? Did we think we could convince him to change positions? Fill a “place slot” to not scare of Ramsey from signing the next year?

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  12. Scorpio Jones, III

    “I don’t know we may not announce anything,” Richt said. “We may just say come to the game and we might get 100 more people to come to the game or something. Get a higher TV rating.”

    Is it my imagination or has the water person put something different in the kool aid.

    Maybe Schottenheimer has brought a taste of Spurrier to Athens.

    Mark Richt as a standup…who knew?

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  13. PTC DAWG

    All this talk or lack of it bothers me very little. They have 2 games to figure it out.

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    • dawgtired

      True. And if it really is this close between all of them, what difference does it make who takes the field first? You’re getting the perceived equal play. One will rise above at some point in front of thousands…or it doesn’t matter who plays. If one falters, the replacement is at least equal in practice. It could be that we are going to be the team we are going to be regardless of who is at QB. My hope is that we can win with any of them. That being said…I guess it is a little fun reading the meltdown while anticipating the naming of the starter.

      I do have one thought I haven’t heard yet…if the battle is between Lambert and Ramsey (to make sure we have arm strength in the game), then Bauta could end up with some plays especially for him, like red-zone stuff. He may get more playing time than the #2 big arm…just a thought mind you.

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  14. DawgPhan

    Seems like CMR’s statements reflect what I think about Ramsey, but obviously I want it to. Following Ramsey on twitter I totally get that he might like drinking silver bullets and hanging out a little more than he likes breaking down film. Not surprised that seems to be holding him back.

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  15. hassan

    Also of note, is how CMR highlights all the good qualities that each one brings to the table. Spurrier usually goes the other direction and tells the media ad nauseam all the faults of his QB’s.

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  16. Lakatos Intolerant

    To me, Richt is suggesting Ramsey may not have made the most of his first two years in the program, which is both somewhat expected (knew he was behind AM and HM) and concerning (work ethic). Sounds like he has matured and developed a work ethic but it took a legitimate shot at playing time to do so; otherwise, I don’t think we’d even be having this discussion.

    All that said, I don’t think the coaches will hold it against him if he has indeed come around in the preparation/maturity department…that process is different for everyone, some have it instilled at a young age and are able to hone it while others have to acquire/learn it.

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  17. Big Shock

    Didn’t UGA go through a very similar situation with Greene and Shockley? No clear favorite. Really late announcement on who would start. Seems like even when Greene was announced, Richt said that he would play first, but he wasn’t necessarily the starter or number 1. That worked out pretty well. I expect this to work out too.

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  18. Will Trane

    Ramsey will be the guy.
    Quick hands, quick feet, deep, deep vertical passing game [see current OC and former Ball Coach 2nd stringer]. Ramsey in the backfield is a runner. Did so at CHS.
    Will the current OC add pages to the playbook out of UF’s Spurrier passing game in 2015.
    My concern this year. Can the defense get off the field so the “whoever the QB will be” can play.

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  19. JT (the other one)

    One thing to remember is that Lambert’s learning curve probably isn’t as steep as a guy right out of HS. He has been in a D1 program (albeit a bad one) and played high level competition. He had his ups and downs obviously.
    At the end of the day this is a good problem to have. The one thing I thought by now was that Ramsey would have seized the job. Also -we recruited Lambert out of HS…

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  20. Maybe we don’t have a QB instead of having three. I think that what is happening is not a good thing and is not fair to anybody (the team, the other coaches; and especially the 3 QBs). Past time to make a decision & get ready for the season.

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  21. 69Dawg

    Uneducated Observation Alert. Based on Richt’s comments:
    Brice has the most upside but he has the most risk. He, like Stafford before him, thinks he can throw the ball through the defender. He will have more INTs than Hudson had all season in his first 3 games. Book it.
    Bauta has the most game ready knowledge but doesn’t have the physically gifted arm. If Bauta, with said knowledge, is not the starter it is because HC & OC know that the WR’s are not getting good separation and they need a gunslinger not a game manager.
    Lambert will be the early reliever when and if Brice pulls a Joe Cox and no brains an interception because he still doesn’t know his progressions and tries to put the ball through a keyhole into coverage.
    I predict we will lose to SC with the gunslingers before we finally get QB right. We are looking at a Stafford as freshman year. I hope Richt gets his Steven Orr Superior visor on and doesn’t treat this year as a QB training year. If it takes using 3 QB’s use them. Otherwise we will just get to do it all over again next year with Eason.

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  22. Spike

    To all you “Rudy” knuckleheads.. I’ve seen Rudy. I’ve seen Bauta throw, work out and have met him. He is no Rudy.

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  23. AusDawg85

    F it. Run the damn Wild Dawg with Sony, Marshall and Chubb in the backfield!

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  24. DugLite

    I think Richt and Schott are doing the right thing by not naming a starter yet. Sure it’s confusing and worrisome to us fans, but the lack of a tough game two weeks into the season allows more cross training. Don’t be surprised to see a different starter in game 2 versus game 1. And possibly a different starter in game 3.
    I have always thought the best way to handle a two QB situation is start either, but the other guy gets his turn if the possession ends without points. If the possession ends in points then the same QB plays.

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