Mark Richt: We’ve Changed the Rotation on QBs

ATHENS - Georgia’s competition for the starting quarterback isn’t trimmed to three just yet, according to coach Mark Richt.

“No, not really,” he said after Wednesday’s practice. “We’ve changed the rotation a little bit but we’re still evaluating all three of those guys on a daily basis.”

Brice Ramsey and Greyson Lambert seemed to have been the top two this week. Ramsey and Lambert were 1-2 on Tuesday in practice and it was Lambert and Ramsey 1-2 on Monday. Faton Bauta was No. 3 both days.

Georgia closed practice to the media on Wednesday because it was said the session was shortened in preparation for Thursday’s third and final preseason scrimmage.

Richt said he had not huddled with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer yet to pin down a rotation for the scrimmage.

Georgia opens Sept. 5 against Louisiana-Monroe, which named redshirt freshman Garrett Smith this week as its starting quarterback.

Richt has said nobody has pulled away in the race for the Bulldogs.

Then, of course, there is the matter of keeping information from getting out to the opponent.

“I hate to be evasive to everyone and be a pain in the rear, but the bottom line is the less people know about what we’re doing the better off we’ll be, especially on personnel and especially on scheme considering we’ve got a new offensive coordinator now,” Richt said.

Richt offered a thumbnail sketch on the three quarterbacks:

Lambert, the graduate transfer from Virginia: “A lot of y’all might have been out there when he first started throwing it day one. And I got a little nervous for a minute there because he struggled. But I think he was a little nervous, a little nervous energy. He’s settled in and he’s throwing the ball well as far as just fundamentally. I’d say for the amount of time that he’s been here and been in the system, he’s really done a good job of learning what to do and gotten himself in the competition. If he was a slow processing guy and high rep guy to figure things out, it would have been hard for him to even be in the race.”

Ramsey, the redshirt sophomore: “Brice’s got a live arm, got good athleticism. Brice has really improved his preparation skills. Starting in the spring, I saw a difference in him. I think it had a lot to do with him thinking, ‘Hey I’m in this thing where I don’t know if he was mature enough before to really be preparing for the moment.’ Because he was like, `Well, it’s Hutson (Mason’s) job. At least I saw that. I saw a big difference in the spring in how he’s prepared.”

Bauta, the redshirt junior: “Faton, he’s a preparation machine. The guy works. He may be the hardest working guy I’ve ever seen. He really cares about his team, his teammates and making other people better around him. He’s probably made the least amount of mistakes than anybody out there. He’s been very good with having a good purpose with every time he throws the ball, which I appreciate about him.”

Richt left open the possibility a starter may not be named publicly.

“I don’t know we may not announce anything,” Richt said. “We may just say come to the game and we might get 100 more people to come to the game or something. Get a higher TV rating.”


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