That Greyson Lambert enters his senior season as the only person with starting college football experience seems to at least indicate that he’s got a leg up on Brice Ramsey and Jacob Eason. That he didn’t leave spring football as the announced starter seems to indicate that he’s not locked the position down.
And that’s the problem if you are Lambert, you enter your final season of college football with your third head coach in three years - nothing is guaranteed to you. And considering the way he performed during much of the SEC season last year not much should be guaranteed to Lambert.
The tall product from Wayne County started 7 SEC games for the Bulldogs, but only twice eclipsed the 200-yard passing mark. Lambert had more sub-100-yard performances in SEC play (Alabama, Kentucky and Auburn) than he had 200-plus-yard games (South Carolina and Tennessee). That's pretty ineffective
Truth be told - Lambert just wasn’t consistent when he played last season. Against Vanderbilt, Lambert didn’t complete a pass in the first half. Seven days later he set an NCAA record for completions. He followed that up two weeks later with only 86 yards passing against Alabama.
Sure, Lambert’s completion percentage could be high at times (67% vs. ULM, 96% vs. USC, 90% vs. Southern, 72% vs. Missouri, 71% against Auburn and 72% vs. Georgia Tech), but those completions were side-to-side throws or screen passes.
Rarely did Lambert effectively challenge teams down the field. It just wasn’t the type of offense UGA fans had gotten used to during Mike Bobo’s tenure as offensive coordinator.
Lambert is going to have to make plays to win the job. He’s going to have to get better as a quarterback. If there was evidence of that during G Day it was difficult to notice. He’s not going to win the starting job by “protecting” the ball. Kirby Smart has been correct and quite repetitive when he said that is program must get the ball down the field.
Ramsey and Eason showed they have the ability to do that in April. Lambert is going to have to make plays. We heard all last season about Lambert’s ability to “get into the right play”, that he could “lead the program” and that he “wouldn’t turn the ball over.”
Those false arguments were proven toxic by the end of the season when Mark Richt was fired after back-to-back weeks of Georgia sputtering on offense against lowly Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern.
The Bulldogs had another 10-win season, but didn’t have anything to show for it. Don’t expect that sort of thinking to last very long in the new reality that is UGA football in 2016. This offense is going to have to score, and whoever the quarterback is will have to produce.
That’s Lambert’s challenge, and it is a significant one.