Brice Ramsey's year of learning

semerson@macon.comDecember 27, 2013 

Quarterback Brice Ramsey (12) during the Bulldogs' Gator Bowl practice in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday, Dec. 27.

STEVEN COLQUITT — UGA

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Brice Ramsey put on the freshman 10. And then 10 more. And then another five for good measure.

Ramsey very well could be Georgia's quarterback of the future - 2015 is setting up to be a fierce competition between Ramsey and Faton Bauta. But while Bauta spent this season with a surprise ascension up the depth chart, Ramsey spent it quietly, redshirting and putting on weight.

Ramsey said he's now about 220 pounds, after coming in a year ago at 195. Georgia's nutrition and strength and conditioning programs are apparently to credit.

"I had trouble putting on weight in high school. I'd always been like 195 to the 205 area," Ramsey said. "I got up here (to college) and I finally started putting it on."

The simple explanation would seem to be that Ramsey, having played in a Wing-T offense in high school, was getting ready to be more of a pocket passer. But the opposite may be true.

"I feel even more mobile, to be honest with you," Ramsey said. "I feel like I'm running better than I ever have. I don't know, I guess I'm putting on weight in the right places, I guess. I don't feel too big, I don't feel too fat."

Ramsey was able to spend this year concentrating on his body and learning Georgia's complicated playbook, because he knew he wouldn't be playing. Georgia had four other scholarship quarterbacks who have all taken a redshirt year, plus senior walk-on Parker Welch.

So the object of 2013 for Ramsey, who enrolled for the spring, was to get ready for the future. Hutson Mason is the entrenched starter entering next season, but Ramsey and Bauta could have a pitched battle for the No. 2 job.

"It's been definitely a learning season," Ramsey said. "I've grown up a lot. I've gained plenty of weight. I've gotten stronger, and gotten smarter. I've just learned the system, and I'm really looking forward to how it pans out for next year."

Since he didn't showcase his arm much at Camden County High School - which is about a half hour from Jacksonville - Georgia coaches studied Ramsey at camps and workouts. They liked what they saw. Now it's just a matter of him learning the system.

"He throws the ball well, we saw that in camp. He's just learning what to do," said head coach Mark Richt, who then explained that Ramsey had gotten very few snaps this year with the first or second team in practice, but got to practice during scout team work.

"I think he's done well. But he's just learning, just trying to figure it out. There is a pretty strong learning curve here when you play quarterback here at Georgia, because we put a lot on those guys."

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