ATHENS -- Greyson Lambert stands out in a crowd.
His Georgia teammates recently got a first-hand look at the Virginia transfer, who will be competing for the starting quarterback job, shortly after his arrival to campus this summer. After spending three years with the Cavaliers and starting 16 games, Lambert will have two years of eligibility with his home-state program. A Jesup native who recently graduated from Virginia, Lambert will be able to participate immediately as a graduate student at Georgia.
When his teammates got a first look at him, receiver Malcolm Mitchell said Lambert’s stature was the first thing to stand out.
“He is tall,” Mitchell said. “I didn’t realize he was so tall until I met him in person.”
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Lambert is 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, making him one of the tallest quarterbacks Georgia has had in recent memory. Hutson Mason and Matthew Stafford stood in Georgia’s pocket at 6-3 while Joe Cox and Aaron Murray each stand 6-1. Lambert’s teammates Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta, competing with Lambert for the position, are both 6-3, which is still an ideal size at quarterback.
But Lambert’s size, arm strength and experience make him a serious contender when it comes to the competition.
“He seems like a hard worker out there and that he really cares about it,” senior offensive tackle John Theus said. “He wants to be good, wants to be great. He’s out there working with the other quarterbacks, and they’ve all been out there competing and working hard.”
Lambert’s addition might shake the competition up given his attributes. Following the spring, Ramsey appeared to have a slight edge over Bauta, although the gap did close some. Lambert’s arrival could open up the battle pretty wide in August.
“He’s working out with the team as I catch passes from all the quarterbacks,” Mitchell said. “I think it will be a good competition for them all.”
One of Virginia’s four captains in 2014, Lambert started nine games and completed 154-of-261 passes for 1,632 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
His live arm never has been a question, although his accuracy has been a concern. During his time at Virginia, Lambert completed only 56 percent of his throws. But the argument can be made that Lambert didn’t have the kind of offensive line stability or depth at running back that he’ll enjoy at Georgia.
“He’s a great guy, just beyond the football field,” Mitchell said. “We’re just looking forward to him coming in.”
Georgia head coach Mark Richt hasn’t seen Lambert in action yet since the coaching staff isn’t allowed to watch or participate in any activities the players engage in on their own time. But from what Richt does know, Lambert should very much be in the mix once preseason practice opens.
“Through the recruiting process I’ve seen he’s a very mature guy,” Richt said. “Graduated in three years; he’s already been a starter; he’s already been hit in the mouth a bunch and gotten back up. He’s been through a lot of things you wonder how a guy would react to. I think he’s a mature guy that will come in and compete well for us.”