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Richt Fully Behind Schottenheimer

ATHENS - Georgia’s first-year starting quarterback and its first-year offensive coordinator have faced their share of criticism during the team’s sometimes bumpy season.

Even after a two-game losing skid and not scoring a touchdown in a 9-6 win in the last game against Missouri, the Bulldogs are still in position to win the SEC East by defeating Florida, Kentucky and Auburn to close its league slate.

Georgia coach Mark Richt still faced several questions at his Florida news conference Tuesday about Virginia graduate transfer quarterback Greyson Lambert and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

“I think Coach Schottenheimer is a great coach,” Richt said. “I think he knows what he’s doing. I think he knows how to coach QBs extremely well. I’ve got a lot of faith in that. We’ve had some ups and downs but the season’s not over yet. I’m in that room most of the time and I listen to what’s being taught, what’s being coached and how it’s being coached. I’ve got full faith and confidence that he’s doing an outstanding job. We’ve just got to continue to get better as we go and I think we will.”

Georgia is sixth in the SEC in scoring offense (33.1 points per game) and fifth in total offense (429.4) after finishing last season first in the league in scoring offense (41.3) and fourth in total offense (457.8) under Mike Bobo, now head coach at Colorado State.

Richt said of the quarterbacks that “we’ve definitely had some up and down performances at that position. …Part of that is just growing into that position in our league.”

Lambert, who beat out Brice Ramsey in the preseason, is ninth in the SEC in passing yards per game (182.3) and fifth in passing efficiency (149.3).

Asked if recruiting or development were issues in the current quarterback situation, Richt said: “I’ll just say this: We are this deep into the season and we’re playing Florida and we’re in a very meaningful game. We know if we win the next three games we’re in. …To me, there’s still a lot to be written this season. It’s just a little bit past halfway. I’m not ready to say what kind of year it was for quarterbacks yet or not.”

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