Seth Emerson has a good piece on what’s changed for Greyson Lambert. Lambert, not too surprisingly, says not much.
People in Virginia are still keeping an eye on Lambert too. Last Saturday, as his historic game was unfolding, the reaction among Virginia and ACC watchers could be summed up thusly: Where was this last year?
“It’s not like these types of performances weren’t in me last year. It’s just a lot has to happen,” Lambert said. “Like coach (Mark) Richt’s been saying, for the O-line to do their job the way they did it and kind of dominate the line of scrimmage. And for there not to be just a drop. A lot of stuff has to happen. It’s not like I did something spectacular. The whole offense did something spectacular that game, that doesn’t just really always happen. It was a full offensive effort to get that stat.”
However, even he acknowledges there has been some adjusting.
Regarding his mechanics, Lambert said there were only “little tweaks here and there” since his Virginia days. Mostly, he had to work on taking snaps under center, since Virginia was so shotgun-oriented. So Lambert has put in a lot of work refining his drops, footwork and ball-handling that comes with taking snaps under center.
Schottenheimer also worked with him on getting more legs into his throws. Lambert described it as “a little more bounce with my hitches.”
But it’s the next thing he says that’s most telling: “I guess it just comes from experience and trust what I see,” Lambert said.
The mental aspect of trusting the system and the talent had to be a hard thing for Lambert to accept, given his surrounding cast last season. But he appears to have done so, with bells on. That wasn’t merely a big jump in his mindset from year one of starting to year two. It was a big jump from week two to week three. Good on Lambert to absorb that so quickly… and great on Georgia’s coaches to bring him along so well. Now, keep grinding, y’all.