“The situation (him transferring) is going well, but I don't want to speak on it. I have not visited Georgia. I've not visited anywhere, actually. I don't want there to be any fuss over anything. All that stuff is noise,” Lambert said.
Lambert started eight games in Charlottesville last fall and was one of four team captains. He ended 2014 going 154 of 261 for 1,632 yards with ten touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The Cavaliers ended last season with a 5-7 record and were 3-5 in the ACC.
The news of Lambert’s possible interest in Georgia comes a few weeks after former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson visited Athens before deciding to transfer to Florida State. Golson also visited Florida before deciding on the Seminoles.
Unlike Golson, Lambert still has two years of eligibility remaining as he redshirted in 2012 before playing in 2013 and 2014. Lambert is on track graduate this summer with a degree in anthropology and could enroll at Georgia and play immediately. Lambert would not be required to get approval from the SEC’s commissioner to transfer into a league school as Golson did because Lambert was not subjected to official university or athletics department disciplinary action during his time in Charlottesville.
Still, Virginia is preventing Lambert from transferring to any ACC institution, or any team the Cavaliers play in 2015 or 2016. That list includes UCLA, Notre Dame, William & Mary, Boise State, Richmond, Oregon, Central Michigan and UConn.
Lambert was listed as the No. 2 quarterback behind Matt Johns, who started three games last fall, at the conclusion of Virginia’s 2015 spring practices. With Lambert’s transfer, the Cavaliers are left with only two scholarship quarterbacks this fall.
That’s might be one reason the Bulldogs have shown interest in Lambert. Georgia currently has only three quarterbacks on scholarship - Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and Jacob Park. A slew of insiders have said that Georgia’s coaching staff is “very concerned” that any of those three might transfer out if they don’t win the starting job. Even if Ramsey, Bauta and Park all stay put, three scholarship quarterbacks is a low point in terms of number of signal callers for what the Bulldogs are used to using in a season.
Georgia did not release a post-spring a depth chart, and coach Mark Richt has told reporters that all three quarterback are capable of starting and doing well under center. Ramsey is considered the favorite to win the spot, but insiders don’t expect the Bulldogs to name a starter until as late as a week before the season opener vs. Louisiana-Monroe.