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Mark Richt says it's possible for Georgia to play two quarterbacks in season-opener

Jason Butt

jbutt@macon.com

Georgia quarterbacks Greyson Lambert (11) won the starting quarterback job, with Faton Bauta (10) and Brice Ramsey(12) backing him up.
Georgia quarterbacks Greyson Lambert (11) won the starting quarterback job, with Faton Bauta (10) and Brice Ramsey(12) backing him up.

Georgia's quarterback competition was expected to extend late into preseason practice. Head coach Mark Richt said Wednesday that it’s possible it could go even further.

On Wednesday, Richt said that it's possible that two quarterbacks, of Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and Greyson Lambert, could take snaps in Georgia's season-opener against Louisiana-Monroe.

“You’d like to say who the starter is however many days out, but when you start prepping for Louisiana-Monroe, you’d like to have a pecking order,” Richt said. “But I’m not set on saying we’ll have a first-teamer by then. There’s a chance we have a couple of guys getting reps in game one. I’m not sure. We’re getting closer.”

Bauta was with the first team on Wednesday, with Ramsey and Lambert running with the second and third teams, respectively. Each quarterback has taken its turn with the first team since Georgia's practices began.

On Wednesday, the quarterbacks took turns throwing the deep ball, with Ramsey looking the best of the bunch.

For Friday’s upcoming scrimmage, Richt said each quarterback will get an equal amount of reps with the first, second and third teams.

“(In the spring), sometimes it was whichever day that scrimmage would happen on it was that guy’s day with the ones,” Richt said. “But we’re going to divvy them up as equal as we can with the ones. They’ll get shots with the ones and the twos, and they all might get some shots with the threes as well so we can try to be as fair as we can, but also as thorough as we can.”

Richt said he’s been able to gain some quality evaluations from each quarterback when they’ve been with the second and third teams so far during preseason practice.

“A lot of times you only get some good looks with the ones,” Richt said. “But the two units have had their moments when they could pass protect. The three units, at times, have been able to pass protect. When you get a little bit of time in the pocket, it’s easier to gauge your quarterback’s ability to take care of business.”

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