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“But he got the nod.”

So, Dawgnation, your new starting quarterback is Greyson Lambert.

Georgia’s starting quarterback competition has a winner, and it’s an unexpected one: Greyson Lambert, the transfer from Virginia.

Lambert will start in Saturday’s season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, coach Mark Richt announced after Monday’s practice.

Brice Ramsey, who had been the presumed favorite since he finished last year as the No. 2 quarterback, will share second-team snaps with Faton Bauta this week in practice.

“There may be other or others who get in the game. But right now the thing that I know that he’ll start the game,” Richt said of Lambert. “Very, very close competition. Still being contested in my mind. But at this point we felt it would be wise to name a starter and get him ready to play in this ballgame. …  We’ll start playing ball that way and see how it goes.”

The quarterbacks were notified prior to Monday’s practice. Richt said he and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer were “pretty sure” on Saturday, then gave it a couple days before finalizing it.

Am I a little surprised?  Well, yeah.  A quarterback with less than a month in the program as the man?

Am I a little nervous?  Well, yeah.  I watched Lambert play a good bit last season.  And I definitely get where Mark Schlabach is coming from with this:

“Either Mark Richt knows something Mike London didn’t, or UGA might be in trouble at quarterback,” Schlabach said. “Lambert is a really bright kid and he’s UGA’s tallest QB in a while. But I can’t believe Ramsey didn’t win the job. Clearly, Richt & Schottenheimer went with the more experienced option.

“If he doesn’t make mistakes, UGA offense should be fine.”

That being said, when it comes to coaching quarterbacks, I don’t think it takes a big leap of faith to assume Richt knows more than London.  So there’s that.

What I do appreciate about the decision is that Richt and Schottenheimer knew they had to get to a point with a starter this week.  It’s time to get one kid focused on first team reps.  Taking a chance with Lambert beats continuing to equivocate.

But, man, this sure is an interesting decision.

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Convergence

The last minute tweaking in place, both ESPN’s FPI and Bill Connelly’s S&P+ projections slot the Dawgs fifth in the country, with ESPN showing Georgia as one of only four teams hitting double digits in wins before the postseason.

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Boom Time

If you want something a little more detailed than today’s “Not your regular preseason picks” post – okay, a lot more detailed – David Wunderlich has taken it upon himself to game out the wins and losses for every SEC team’s regular season.  Whew.

You’ll love his conclusion, which has Georgia losing to Alabama in the regular season on its way to a CFP appearance, but that’s not the part of his post I want to applaud.  This is:

As I said in my Auburn preview post, though, Muschamp struggles against Georgia.

If there’s one thing I haven’t gotten from what many pundits in the preseason expect, it’s chalking up the Auburn game as an almost given loss for Georgia.  For one thing, over the past ten years, the Dawgs have been competitive at the least on the Plains.  For another, as David states, Muschamp’s had his ups and down defending Georgia’s offenses.  And it’s not as if Auburn is going to roll out Florida-like talent on the defensive side of the ball this season.

I’m not saying this to prove a win’s in the bank for the Dawgs.  I just don’t understand the confidence so many have in the possibility that it’s an automatic loss.

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Welcome aboard.

Of Seth Emerson’s list of eleven newcomers who are sure to see the field for Georgia, eight are on defense.

And while this may not be a shock…

DL Trent Thompson: He will play. Oh, he will play a lot.

… it’s certainly reassuring to hear.

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“Greeney, more quarterbacks lose games for their teams than win games.”

If there’s something comforting about Georgia playing two quarterbacks in the opener (besides the opponent being a Sun Belt school) it’s that Richt has been there before.

“I know the first thing Coach Richt said to me when he pulled me up into his office and told me I was going to start he said, ‘Greeney, more quarterbacks lose games for their teams than win games. You’ve got a lot of good players around you. You don’t need to try to be superman. Go through your reads, distribute the ball where it needs to go and do that.’ ”

The more things change…

“That was sort of our philosophy to win games,” he said. “Do that, play good defense, don’t turn the ball over and take what they give you. The game has certainly changed a little bit now where you’ve got to score 30, 40 points a game to win whereas before it wasn’t quite like that. We would line up in the I-formation and try to run it off tackle. I think the same principles for what he’s looking for in a quarterback haven’t changed. Be solid, play disciplined ball because there’s nothing that’s going to scare a coach more than making a boneheaded type throw, a screen that hits the defensive tackle in the belly button. That kind of stuff keeps you on the sidelines.”

… yadda, yadda, yadda.

And it’ll work just fine if the defense holds up its share of the bargain.

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“Here’s the plain and simple of it: Georgia will not look much different from an offensive standpoint.”

In my G-Day post, I noted that what I found most striking about the offense under Schottenheimer was how little it seemed things had changed from when Bobo was directing traffic.  So I totally get what Cory Brinson is seeing when he digs a little into Schottenheimer’s philosophy as a playcaller.

That being said, how much would I love it if Schottenheimer used some of Spurrier’s tendencies against the OBC to beat South Carolina?  Yeah, pretty much.

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UPDATE:  More Schottenheimer from Groo here.

You know, it occurs to me if defensive coordinators are having to spend much time combing through Schottenheimer’s NFL offenses to glean enough information to put together a game plan, maybe Richt doesn’t need to worry so much about hiding the identity of his starting quarterback.  It’s not like they don’t already have plenty of guessing to do as it is.

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Talent isn’t everything.

At least not if you’re comparing Georgia to Michigan State.

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