I mentioned how relieved Richt sounded at the presser announcing that Greyson Lambert had won the starting quarterback job. He’s not the only one who’s relieved.
“I think we were happy to have a name, a face at quarterback here at Georgia,” Sophomore running back Nick Chubb said when asked for his reaction to the news. “When it happened I was excited, excited for him, excited for the program. We can start planning around him for the first game.”
The star tailback added that he believes getting Lambert settled into the starter’s role helps the team — that the process of preparing for three quarterbacks is tougher than what it takes to play with one.
As things played out, it became apparent that Richt and Schottenheimer were struggling over the decision to name a starter. Regardless of why you think the process played out the way it did, there’s little doubt the coaches were conflicted. So there was no reason to question Richt’s uncertainty in that regard.
But the idea that they might be willing to let the competition spill over into the opening game this Saturday – at least – well, I had a harder time buying that one. The offense needed a starter picked. Let the guy who probably has the second-most direct stake in that decision explain.
Brandon Kublanow, the Bulldogs starting center, agrees.
“I know I wanted someone. I know I wanted them to pick someone,” Kublanow said. “Just for reps. Just for continuity. It is what is. They had to pick somebody and it was Greyson. I’m excited.”
The relationship between quarterback and center is an important one. Whether it’s snap count, cadence, or the actual calls and checks made to change up blocking scheme and protections, the two need to work in unison.
Working with three different signal callers throughout camp helped Kublanow learn just how important it can be to settle on one guy at the position.
“Having the same guy back there definitely helps,” Kublanow said. “Not as much snapping wise but more verbal communications and make different calls and stuff. We need him on the same page.”
Not just him. It’s not fair to Lambert to leave him splitting reps at this point. Sure, he’s got more real game experience than Bauta or Ramsey. And with the change at offensive coordinator, there isn’t as much of a gap learning the offense as there might have been if Mike Bobo were still calling plays. But one area where Lambert is way behind the others is simply getting used to what his offensive teammates do. This is a huge week for his comfort factor.
And that’s why this is important, too.
It’s not certain how long Greyson Lambert will hold on to Georgia’s starting job. All that’s clear is the transfer from Virginia is the starter this week, and not part of a rotation.
“We’re not thinking a rotation,” coach Mark Richt said on Tuesday, adding: “Not game one anyway.”
A day after Lambert was revealed to be Georgia’s starter against Louisiana-Monroe, the decision remained the topic du jour around the program. Naming one guy as a starter was a surprise to many, as the competition seemed so close.
But it had star tailback Nick Chubb’s endorsement; Chubb said he preferred one guy to a rotation, and gave Lambert a thumbs up.
It’s not about making Lambert feel like somebody’s not constantly looking over his shoulder. (Hell, as I mentioned yesterday, he’s used to that.) It’s about letting him develop a rapport with guys he’s only had a month to work with. Timing ain’t easy. Every early play is precious. And that’s why I think you might expect Lambert to play longer on Saturday than you’d normally expect a Georgia starter to play in a cupcake game. Right now, it’s all about the reps.