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.