CHARLOTTE - There was already going to be a healthy quarterback competition this spring at Georgia. That was the case before Mike Bobo left. And that's the case especially after Brice Ramsey's performance in the Belk Bowl.
Thrust into the game unexpectedly because of Hutson Mason's injury, Ramsey looked like a freshman. He threw an interception on his first attempt. He missed on some other throws, and generally looked like he has a lot to work on.
The upside is that Ramsey, a bit like Mason at the end of last year, got a feel for game action, even if the results weren't perfect.
"Real game experience," Ramsey said afterwards. "It's not like the fourth quarter mop-up duty. You're actually in there playing to win the game. It was exciting. Watch the film, improve on a lot of stuff. I know there's a lot of stuff I can do better."
Ramsey has the strongest arm on the team, probably the best the program has seen since Matt Stafford. But sometimes it gets away from him, and he also can make better decisions, as the interception showed. Richt chalked some of it up to nervousness.
"After the pick I was like, Whoa, I gotta slow down and get it together. I ended up doing it the next drive."
Considering the circumstances, head coach Mark Richt didn't chide Ramsey too much for the interception, and pointed to his ability to hold onto the ball after that.
"He didn't even have one shot to even warm up. We were assessing Hutson at the last moment," Richt said. "We were just like scrambling to put him in the game and probably shouldn't have put him in that position right there in that moment. But he did some good things. He made a couple nice throws that were big on third-down situations, kept some drives going. And he made some mistakes too."
Ramsey may head into spring ball as a slight favorite to win the quarterback job. But so much depends on who is hired to replace Bobo as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Faton Bauta, a redshirt sophomore, has been around the program awhile too and offers a running dimension. Richt has said they're going to keep Georgia's pro-style offense, but a new coach could always favor Bauta's mobility more.
Jacob Park, a freshman who redshirted this year, drew raves for his work on scout team. While Ramsey has the best arm of the three, and Bauta the best feet, Park appears second-best on both fronts.
Quarterback will be the big question on an offense that otherwise looks loaded: Nick Chubb leads the loaded tailback corps, four of the five offensive linemen are set to return, and receiver Malcolm Mitchell and tight ends Jeb Blazevich and Jay Rome also return.
Bobo's departure is the one that may loom the largest, as a new set of eyes will be on every player on offense.
"He was a huge reason that I came here," Ramsey said of Bobo. "But I understand you've gotta take advantages in life."