If you’re wondering what Georgia coaches have done with the bye week, it sounds like they’ve introduced a hint of quarterback controversy into the mix.
The intrigue is back at Georgia’s quarterback spot, setting up three days of mystery – at least to the public, and Florida.
Greyson Lambert has started each of Georgia’s first seven games at quarterback. But coach Mark Richt, when asked after Wednesday if there was a chance someone else would start on Saturday, played it coy.
“All I can tell you is we’ve been repping more than one guy with the ones, and we’re going to continue to do that,” Richt said.
In the past Richt and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer have said outright that Lambert is the starter. But on Wednesday Richt had several opportunities to re-affirm that and didn’t.
“I think we evaluate that every week at every position,” Richt said. “That’s just how football is. That’s the type of environment that we’re in. Everybody’s job is up for grabs.”
Lambert was still working with the first team during the media viewing period of Wednesday’s practice, followed by Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta. That’s the same order the quarterbacks have been in basically all season, and Lambert has started every game.
But Bauta, the fourth-year junior who was No. 3 on the depth chart most of the season, has been seeing increased snaps in practice this week, according to multiple sources. It’s not clear whether that’s simply because he has surpassed Ramsey on the depth chart, or whether Bauta is being prepared to see significant action against Florida.
Uh huh. Whatevs.
Jeb Blazevich knows. But if he told you, he’d have to kill you… or something.
Tight end Jeb Blazevich, speaking to the media later, was asked if the team knew what was going to happen.
“Yes,” he said.
So this is about keeping Florida in the dark. Thus, Blazevich knew he wasn’t supposed to divulge much information.
“I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say,” Blazevich said, laughing nervously. “But they’re definitely focusing on putting the pressure on guys, and everything like that. I’ll just kind of leave that open-ended. I don’t want to get in trouble.”
This strikes me as much ado about… well, if not nothing, then nothing much. Even if they bring Bauta in for a change of pace, are we supposed to believe that Florida will be totally unprepared to defend a quarterback option?
Then again, if they bring Bauta in to pull off a play like this, I’ll say Schottenheimer is a damned genius.
In the meantime, this strikes me as the more important road to improvement in the passing game:
“I said that he played inconsistent, but I think I also said that the better we block, the bigger the pocket, the better it is for the quarterback to throw the ball,” Richt said. “The better the routes, the easier it is to hit a guy who has a little more separation, maybe. So really the inconsistency has been as a team, as a unit…”