Bulldogs Beat

Mark Richt: Naming Georgia's starting QB 'going to take a while'

HOOVER, Ala. -- It didn't take long for a reporter to ask Mark Richt about the opening at starting quarterback.

With that particular position being the Bulldogs' most glaring hole entering the 2015 season, the first question Richt was asked during his SEC Media Days main room appearance was whether he'd named a starter or not. As Richt has said recently, he hasn't made a decision.

"I have no idea who the starter is going to be," Richt said. "We are going to have a tremendous competition, continue that competition for that position. It's going to -- I think it's going to take a while. We have 29 practice opportunities before the first game, and we're going to get a rotation where we can see the guys that we want to see compete and then make a decision on who should be the starter. But right now, I don't know who that is. When we came out of spring, I think the guys made progress. I think the guys are able to function well in our system, but to say who's the man to lead the job, to win the job rightnow, I don't have that answer."

Richt will be choosing from redshirt sophomore Brice Ramsey, redshirt junior Faton Bauta and Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert. Ramsey has been seen as the favorite entering fall camp, though Bauta closed the gap during spring practices. Lambert, who has two years of eligibility after graduating from Virginia in three years, has the most experience, having competed in 16 games for the Cavaliers.

"That quarterback thing, it truly is a wide-open competition," Richt said. "We’ll get into camp, we’ll start practicing and find out who’s going to be the guy.

Though Lambert is only a recent arrival, senior offensive tackle John Theus said he's been impressed with all three quarterbacks

“They’re all talented guys and have the ability to play," Theus said. "They’re all confident leaders, a good group of guys. Whoever coach Richt and (offensive coordinator Brian) Schottenheimer put in there, I have the utmost confidence in him to execute and give us the best chance to win.”

Richt also touched on former Georgia quarterback Jacob Park and why he decided to leave the program. Park was previously reported to have decided to play the 2015 season at Navarro College, a junior college institution.

"As far as Jacob, things don't always work out for a kid for a lot of different reasons," Richt said. "The main thing with him is I want to wish him the very best. He's a great kid. He's a very good competitor, very talented guy. I'm just hoping that he lands in a spot where he can really thrive and finish out his college career."