Richt is tricksy, Precious.

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…”


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30 responses to “Richt is tricksy, Precious.

  1. Merk

    I think Richt basically just said in that last blurb, that the crappier the D, the better the O is.


  2. JT (the other one)

    Robinson HS! Right down the street from me. Good school, good football program. Unfortunately they live in the shadow of Plant HS.


  3. Billy Mumphrey

    I commented here weeks ago that Richt was saving Bauta and the triple option attack for Jville and no one believed me.


    • TennesseeDawg

      It’ll probably work as well as the “Wild Dawg” did


    • JasonC

      My cousin’s co-worker’s boyfriend is very well connected and he said they brought in Navy’s coach to help install the wishbone this past week and a half for Bauta.


      • Billy Mumphrey

        Your cousin’s co-worker’s boyfriend is almost right. They have actually brought Willie Fritz in as double-secret coach-in-waiting and will be transitioning to the triple option full time next year. Eason’s financial aid papers are just a rouse until they steal all of Tech’s recruits behind Fish Fry’s back. I have an excellent source since a worker at my son’s daycare is dating the assistant to Greg McGarity’s pool boy.


        • Cojones

          I heard that it was a former Navy coach who is now in Atlanta who comes over to moonlight teaching the triple option. Heard that he was also working with the punt blocking unit.

          My source is the regular boyfriend of a girl who’s mistress to someone in the B-M bldg. so this is hot off the .. … .. .


          • Mayor

            Nah. That’s not it. They installed the spread in the off week. My brother-in-law’s cousin works at the Athens airport and she saw a Lear come into town last Sunday. Tim Tebow got off and was picked up in a University of Georgia plated car by…….Mark Richt. He stayed until Friday night when he left to do broadcasting for the SEC Network also leaving on the same Lear. He then returned Sunday night on the same Lear and was picked up again by Mark Richt. He hasn’t left yet. He’s there, in Athens, inside the football complex. She said he was wearing a beard and a funny hairdo–traveling incognito. Here’s a picture she got while he was eating at the airport before leaving with Mark Richt. He’s staying at the Holiday Inn–her best friend Tilda knows the night clerk there and Tebow goes in and out the side entrance/exit only and only when it’s dark–before 7:00 AM and after 7:00 PM–and always gets out of that same car driven by…Mark Richt. They had to pay $1 Mil to Tebow to get him to do it, FU alum and all, but he’s strapped for cash. That SEC Network gig doesn’t pay as much as he needs. Tebow also gave Pruitt a bunch of inside info on the FU D that he learned from secret interviews with FU players. We’re a lock to win now.


        • Dog in Fla

          Is she hot?


  4. Chadwick

    I’ll have a large fake juice.


  5. Aladawg

    Ain’t any fish taking this bait……….


  6. Careful Brad

    I thought Richt spent the bye week flying coach down to Miami.


  7. DB

    How about we run a simple play like this


  8. Go Dawgs!

    Greyson will start and he will get the majority of the snaps. If Bauta gets into the game it will be to run a small package of gadget plays. If anybody besides Lambert gets the majority of the snaps, we’re toast. Not that Lambert is the second coming of Johnny Unitas, but if this coaching staff thinks that putting a guy like Bauta into a game to get his first snaps of live action (at least, at a time when it matters) against the Florida defense is a good idea, then I really need to re-think my objections to the people who say they’re idiots.


    • DB

      I get what you are saying. However it seems that every year there are several examples of QB changes i.e. Driskell to Harris last year – Nunez at South Carolina this year – where it actually improves the situation. I find it hard to believe that they couldn’t find a way to at least make the UF defense think differently by putting Bauta in there at some point in the game(not for gadget plays which is what they would most likely be expecting him to do).


      • DawgPhan

        exactly…how many years have we gone down to florida with them having a bye week only to see a completely new offense. seems like more times than not.


        • Will (The Other One)

          I remember Urban scrapping his spread offense to use a fullback vs us in ’05 (plus we’d lost Shockley). I think they also made some scheme changes in 2010. Plus not starting Driskel last year.


    • Fetch

      Per “Inside College Football” tonight, reports coming from Richt is Bauta has been named the starter.


  9. Bright Idea

    Bauta in the red zone or short yardage for a QB run threat on the zone read is likely all this is. It seems to work for everybody else and has worked for UGA with Stafford, Murray and even Mason. Stafford was damn good at it. The defense has to defend 11 instead of 10. Didn’t Lambert score down close against Vandy?


  10. Bobby Bowden Syndrome

    Lambert starts. CMR is coaching not to lose. He can’t afford to toss the keys to Bauta and get boat raced in the process by the up and coming soon to be SEC east champs. Just my psyops perspective which means nothing to anyone, really.


  11. Will Trane.

    Just use the black helmets.


  12. Will Trane.

    Expect half of the UGA fans to leave at half time.


  13. Will Trane.

    Auburn and UGA offensive coaching mirror each other.


  14. raintdog

    I said weeks ago that a zone read with Bauta is our best option right now.


  15. Bulldog Joe

    If true, we Bauta get our asses kicked.


  16. steve

    Tricky, how about a fake punt? Yes, Richt has done that ONCE before.


  17. Mike

    I think Richt looked at the game where Florida gave up the most yardage; it’s game against Tennessee @ 419. Why? The ability of the QB to run the ball. Dobbs ran for 136 yards that game, the highest of this season and second highest of his career. And….might he be lured into thinking a half back pass back to the QB might be in order. Dobbs was both UT’s leading rusher and leading receiver in the game against Florida.