ATHENS — There were a couple of jokesters giving Mark Richt a hard time at Monday night’s UGA Day in Atlanta’s College Football Hall of Fame.
Yes, the jokes were in good fun. And naturally, they concerned the quarterback position.
In two separate instances — first with a group of local writers and second with broadcaster Chuck Dowdle on stage in front of the alumni in attendance — Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox was asked who should start at quarterback.
“Put Keith Marshall in the Wildcat and let him run,” Fox said.
Hey, Fox sure has a good idea in how to utilize Marshall’s speed.
UGA President Jere Morehead also got the question. His response drew a chorus of laughter from the audience.
“I did my part. We’ve admitted a man from the University of Virginia,” Morehead said.
Morehead, of course, was referring to Greyson Lambert, the graduate transfer who has immediate eligibility. Morehead followed his initial response by saying the decision is Richt's and that he'll make the right call.
While everyone wants to know who will start, no one knows the answer at this time. That includes Richt. If Richt did, he wouldn’t stage a competition. Richt doesn’t have an NFL coach’s mentality, where half of the job is to deceive the fans, public and opposition with misinformation about personnel.
That stated, there is that old football saying — if you have more than one quarterback, you have none. Richt and the Bulldogs will hope that’s not the case, that in fact one of Lambert, Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta will step up and take control of the job. It’s the one missing link, at least at this time, Georgia has on its roster. An incredibly important link, mind you.
Hitting the links
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Schottenheimer likely to coach from sideline
Though his answer didn’t indicate a final decision, Richt said offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will probably coach his group from the sideline.
“I got a feeling he’ll be down,” Richt said. "Most NFL guys stay down. Right now I believe he’s going to be down.”
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Hawkins expected to show soon
Incoming freshman DaQuan Hawkins hasn’t arrived to Georgia yet but is expected to by the start of preseason camp, Richt said. Hawkins is a three-star freshman out of Westlake High School.
Popular Dawg Night
Between the morning and evening sessions at Georgia’s recent Dawg Night event, Richt estimated 1,000 kids were in attendance.
“We managed it as well as we could considering the popularity of the event,” RIcht said. “We had a pretty good feeling it was going to be a large number. We just didn’t know how large.”
Song of the day
“Central Time” by Pokey LaFarge