Schottenheimer: We are not Panicking

ATHENS - Brian Schottenheimer met the media that cover the team Wednesday night for the first time since Greyson Lambert emerged from the August quarterback competition to win the starting job.

It came against the backdrop of the rocky game Lambert had last Saturday against Vanderbilt when he completed 11 of 21 passes for 116 yards in a 31-14 Bulldogs win.

Lambert remains the starter for Saturday’s home game against South Carolina, Schottenheimer reiterated, ahead of top backup Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta

“He knows that we expect him to go in there and play well and move the team like he did against Louisiana-Monroe,” Schottenheimer said. “He also knows there’s a good chance we’re going to play Brice, maybe Faton along the way. …We don’t want anybody to look over their shoulder. Greyson doesn’t need to go out there and say, `Hey, I’ve got to play great or else they are going to (make a change)’ because whether he plays great or not, we’re probably going to play the other guys a little bit. We’re at that point right now where we’re not panicking.”

Ramsey has played one second quarter series in each of the first two games.

“Brice, his number of reps is kind of dependent on how the games goes,” Schottenheimer said.

Lambert was the most consistent quarterback in the preseason and the Virginia graduate transfer played “very well” in the 51-14 season-opening win against Louisiana-Monroe, he said, when he went 8 of 12 for 141 yards and two touchdowns.

As for Vanderbilt: “We didn’t get off to a really good start throwing the ball. Missed some throws. Had a drop or two here or there, a couple of calls I’d like to have back, I think.”

One of those calls, he said, was the first passing play when Vanderbilt played “split safety defense” and Lambert threw a checkdown to Nick Chubb and the ball was dropped.

“I should have had a better tool in there to handle that,” he said. “That ones on me.”

Lambert finished the game strong in the second half, he said, including to Isaiah McKenzie on a seam route against tight coverage.

“The other thing, not making excuses, he’s still working on some timing stuff with some of these guys,” he said. “I think we’ll see it just get better as we go. We think it was just one of those days where it wasn’t our best day throwing it, but certainly not what we think is the standard.”

The “biggest thing” for the quarterbacks, he said, is taking care of the ball. The Bulldogs haven’t thrown an interception yet.

The offense has had a “good week of practice” both in the running game and passing game, he said.

“I’m very confident the passing game will get going,” he said.


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