Lambert to Georgia: What Does It Mean?

Georgia got a new quarterback on Wednesday - what does that mean?

ATHENS - And now Georgia has four quarterbacks, but for how long?

Former Virginia QB Greyson Lambert will arrive in Athens sometime next month and enter the quarterback scrum. The question I’ve got, and I think I speak for a lot of folks here, is simple: Is Georgia just swapping out one quarterback for another who will transfer sometime here soon. Will this only be a temporary four-man race?

If that’s the case Lambert’s move into Georgia still wouldn’t get the Bulldogs were they need to be in an ideal world (even though I’m starting to think that an ideal world is impossible after watching the tug-of-war of where to put Georgia’s new indoor practice facility).

You see, this is about numbers - not skill. Georgia doesn’t need someone to come in and start - they need to give the guy who is not starting a breather during practice. This is about the wear and tear on shoulders. This is about third-team reps. This is about having the ability to practice.

Georgia, with its three scholarship quarterbacks in the spring, was dangerously close to having one too few signal callers on its roster. Lambert’s commitment solves that problem… at least for a little while.

Now Georgia can enter fall camp with the ability to name a starter, a backup and two guys who can be scout team guys and make throws so that the starter’s arm doesn’t fall off. Remember that Joe Cox, Hutson Mason and Aaron Murray - the last three starters in Athens - all had issues with too much throwing.

That’s something that has to be taken seriously. And it is a major concern if only three men are on campus.

And, too, what if one of the backup quarterbacks was going to transfer anyway? What if whoever would have wound up No. 3 on the depth chart bolted Georgia in the fall? That would have left Georgia with two scholarship quarterbacks. Two. That’s three short of where they really need to be.

Yes, this is about competition. Every position has competition. Nick Chubb made Todd Gurley better. I don’t want to diminish that part of this move. Greyson Lambert, who had more interceptions (11) than touchdowns (10) last year and will have to learn everything Georgia does in about a month, will be given the chance to win the quarterback job. I’m not saying he can’t win the job, but I am saying that it is going to be very challenging.

Again, this is really, more than anything else, about numbers.

Georgia needs Greyson Lambert to come in and compete, but more than anything they need him to be a college-level quarterback who can come in and deliver… during practice.


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