Richt No Closer to Naming Starting QB

Mark Fox has a favorite to win the starting quarterback job this fall - and it isn't who you expect.

SAVANNAH - Mark Fox had some news on the quarterbacks front on Tuesday.

“Yeah, y’all didn’t ask me, but I would have told you who the starting quarterback will be in the ball,” the basketball coach said. “Keith Marshall.”

Marshall is a backup running back for the Bulldogs. It was an unexpected answer to an important question.

“You never know,” Mark Richt said, responding to Fox’s assertion.

The slow time of the year is here - and with it a slew of guesses about the future. Some will be educated… most will not. But today here in coastal Georgia the biggest question remained unanswered.

Just who will be the starting quarterback in 2015? We still don’t know, and we likely won’t anytime soon.

Still, Richt touched on a slew of topics during the event. He said that John Theus and Kolton Houston, senior offensive linemen, were two of the top leaders on the offensive side of the ball this spring.

“They’ve been here a while and are playing an unselfish position,” Richt said. “They do a lot of the dirty work. When you have a strong group of offensive linemen you can have a good year.”

The Bulldogs return four of five starters from an offensive line that helped Georgia score a record amount of points in 2014.

Defensively, Richt said that senior Jordan Jenkins was the top leader. Richt also said “Leonard Floyd is a guy they all respect,” but noted that the junior missed spring because of surgery on his shoulder.

Richt praised the work of youngsters Nick Chubb, Dominick Sanders and Jeb Blazevich, who are “giving it up in practice.”

Richt also said the Bulldogs are entering an extensive recruiting evaluation period. The 15th-year head coach said that Georgia had recruiting meetings Monday and would have “another long one” on Wednesday as well.

“Guys have their regions, but they need to know what other guys want,” Richt said. “You need to know what Bryan McClendon wants from a player who is in your area.”

When asked about Jeremy Pruitt’s role in recruiting, Richt was specific about what the defensive coordinator is looking for.

“He’s going after a sleeker guy,” Richt said. “A more athletic guy with ball skills as good as the receivers have.”

Georgia is currently ranked No. 6 in Scout’s recruiting rankings.


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