University of Georgia

It’s not often that Georgia goes through quarterback battle in preseason practice

ATHENS -- During preseason practice, all eyes will be on the three quarterbacks competing for the Georgia starting job.

Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and Greyson Lambert will all have their shot at being Georgia’s starter, head coach Mark Richt said last week, with no one knowing which direction the Bulldogs will go.

Ramsey and Lambert are similar in style while Bauta offers a running capability. It stands that this quarterback competition is the most open in recent memory. In fact, not often has Georgia gone into the preseason not knowing who the quarterback will be. This is only the third time under Richt when a clear-cut quarterback hadn’t been established by the start of practice.

“No matter who Coach (Richt) puts in there ,they’ll be able to do the job,” senior offensive tackle John Theus said. “It’s up to Coach with what he wants to do.”

Here is a look back at the past three Georgia quarterback camp battles and what transpired after the job was won:

2006: Four quarterbacks competed for the job, and the most experienced, in terms of years with the program, won it. Joe Tereshinski III beat out Joe Cox, Matthew Stafford and Blake Barnes but didn’t have the kind of final season he hoped for. Tereshinski entered the preseason as the favorite, making it not too much of a surprise when he was named the starter. But in Week 2 against South Carolina, Tereshinski sustained an ankle injury, with Georgia turning to Stafford for the short term. Stafford struggled early, which led to Cox earning a start against Mississippi after leading the Bulldogs to a late comeback win over Colorado in relief. Tereshinski returned and started in losses against Tennessee and Vanderbilt before surrendering the starting job to Stafford for good. Stafford led Georgia to a 9-4 season, started the next two seasons and went on to become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft.

2001: In Richt’s inaugural season at the helm, he had a choice between Cory Phillips, David Greene and D.J. Shockley. Richt redshirted Shockley, a freshman then, with the job coming down to Phillips and Greene. In 2000, Phillips appeared in nine games and threw for 1,093 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions. But Greene was impressive from the spring through August and made Richt’s first quarterback call difficult. Both saw time in the 2001 season opener, with Greene earning the nod. Greene backed up Richt’s decision as a four-year starter and became one of the most prolific passers in program history. Greene’s collegiate career ended with 11,528 yards, 72 total touchdowns, 42 wins and an SEC championship in 2002. Shockley pushed Greene throughout their time at Georgia, with Greene holding him off. Shockley would go on to start the 2005 season and help lead his team to an SEC championship.

1998: Following a sport change from baseball to football, Quincy Carter arrived at Georgia as a highly touted recruit. Carter battled against Nate Hybl, Jon England and Mike Usry, ultimately winning the position and starting as a 21-year-old freshman. The competition lasted all the way through the beginning of September, with former head coach Jim Donnan giving Carter the nod. Carter had a solid freshman season and a decent sophomore campaign before an injury-plagued junior year that saw him sidelined throughout. In his final year at Georgia in 2000, Carter threw only six touchdowns to 10 interceptions in seven games played. Carter declared for the draft after his junior season and was selected in the second round of the 2001 NFL draft by the Dallas Cowboys.