ATHENS -- One day won't decide the quarterback battle. It does at least give an indicator of where these players are at now that the preseason has begun.
Faton Bauta had the strongest first practice, though I'd still consider Brice Ramsey the favorite to win. There are some things you just can't teach -- such as Ramsey's arm strength, quick release and fast delivery. When Bauta and Ramsey dropped back for throws side by side, Ramsey's ball regularly came out quicker. Ramsey just looked the part of an SEC quarterback.
Bauta's was more accurate, however.
Neither quarterback faced a pass rush, which changes things considerably. Though Ramsey wasn't as accurate as Bauta, his attributes as a passer allow him to get the ball out quick when you're only working with a few seconds after the snap. Though Bauta showed off some precision on short and intermediate throws, how he reacts under fire will be big. He's only attempted five passes in his career and completed four.
Footwork will be a big thing. Bauta stepped into his throws and looked more like the fundamental quarterback. But with his arm strength not at the level of Ramsey's, he has to ensure he's doing everything right in this department to keep his throws on track.
The quarterback position is nowhere near being settled. The coaches will put these two, as well as Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert, into plenty of situations to evaluate them. It could be something that lasts all the way into the first game of the season.
Hitting the links
The AJC's Chip Towers writes that the Georgia defense is 'a lot further ahead' in year two under coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
The AJC'sCharles Kingsbury writes that Christian Tutt, one of the top prospects in the class of 2018, canceled his visit to Georgia after learning of his close friend's death.
The Athens Banner-Herald's Fletcher Page wrote that there appears to be a lot of optimism with the Bulldogs right now, considering Jeremy Pruitt volunteered to talk to the media on day one of preseason practice.
ClassicCityToday.com's Logan Booker gives his practice report from day one, and made mention of what looks to be a massive offensive line.
A fire has been lit under Georgia commit Julian Rochester, who saw his recruiting stock fall after The Opening, writes the AJC's Chris Kirschner.
Dawg Post's Dean Legge breaks down the quarterback battle after seeing all three perform on the first day of camp.
The Senator notes that it's possible the coaching staff does not share the same perception with the fan base about the kind of talent that's been there on the defensive side of the ball in recent years.
More on the QBs, from the QBs
All three quarterbacks were available to talk to the media on Tuesday, and both offered different perspectives on the how they're approaching the competition.
I couldn't get everything in there, so here are some additional quotes that didn't make the story:
Ramsey on accuracy issues, particularly with overthrows: “I realize it sometimes. I just have to recognize the personnel out there and take some off if I have to, put more on it if I have to.”
Lambert on if he's been noticed around campus now that he's at Georgia: “Not really. I just have been in my own little bubble. Going to the Butts-Mehre to my house, maybe to Chick-Fil-A. Just trying to stay in my own little spot.”
Bauta on if he's got Brian Schottenheimer's system down: “I definitely don’t think I’m there yet. Day after day, just learning, taking the details, because the playbook, I don’t see it as one concrete thing. It’s very flexible.”
Ramsey on earning Schottenheimer's trust: “I feel like Schotty has trust in all of us competing for the job. It was a fairly quick transition. He gets along well with all of us. He’s a players coach. He really just makes us feel comfortable out there. He doesn’t put us in bad situations. He makes it easier on all of us.”
Lambert on what kind of similarities or differences he's facing from Virginia to Georgia: “Conceptually it’s very similar. The verbiage is a little different, little more under center. It’s pretty similar to route concepts.”
Bauta on if perceptions on the quarterback competition are misconstrued: “We’re three college-aged student-athletes going out there, I’m sure we have our own goals and aspirations. We’re all trying to be the best for our team and just perform at our best.”
Watch out for Isaiah McKenzie
Though it was just the first day of preseason practice on Tuesday, Isaiah McKenzie seemed to be being treated as Georgia's No. 2 receiver. Justin Scott-Wesley, Reggie Davis, Terry Godwin and others will continue to compete and get a chance. But McKenzie was impressive in drills, and everyone knows what kind of player he is with the ball in space.
In addition, freshman Shaquery Wilson looked the part of a college-level receiver. He'll have every opportunity to get in the mix with the uncertainty at the position behind Malcolm Mitchell, and perhaps McKenzie.
Nick Chubb on the running game: “If all goes well, we’ll have a more balanced carrying load and a great passing game. I don’t know how many carries I’ll get but whatever I get will be best for the team and the coaches will be in charge of that so that’s up to them.”
Song of the day
"Salute Your Solution" by The Raconteurs