If you were seeking clarity on Georgia’s quarterback competition following Friday’s scrimmage, think again.
After Georgia wrapped up the live action at a closed practice inside Sanford Stadium, head coach Mark Richt said Brice Ramsey, Greyson Lambert and Faton Bauta remain in a “very tight race” for the starting spot. Continuing to keep the battle close to the vest, Richt did not reveal any statistics from the scrimmage, which he has done in the past.
“There’s a method to the madness here,” Richt said. “It’s important that we’re the ones who watch the film, we’re the ones who decide who the guy is. We don’t need anyone in the media telling us who should be the starter or that kind of thing. Right now, it’s been very equal as far as reps and there hasn’t been a huge landslide of one guy just running away with it.”
Richt said each quarterback threw the deep ball better than they have in previous practices, though they were aided with a solid performance from the receivers. Wideouts were able to create some space between defensive backs, which helped quarterbacks fit some passes in spaces they were unable to do before. However, the underneath passing game did not connect to Richt’s liking.
“I think all of them had bright moments,” Richt said. “We probably threw the deep ball today better than we have all camp. I think all of them had a deep ball thrown on the money that either scored or got a long gain. The short and intermediate passing and catching has still not been up to the standard it needs to be to move the ball on a consistent basis.”
Richt said the three quarterbacks should still be in a competition for the second preseason scrimmage. By the third, it’s possible it's cut down to two quarterbacks.
Sixth-year senior offensive lineman Kolton Houston said there were times when he didn’t realize which quarterback was lined up with the first team during the scrimmage. Houston added nothing awry happened from the quarterbacks from his vantage point.
“They’re all three good,” Houston said. “It’s not like all three are sucking.”
Sophomore outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter said the quarterbacks were just like any other position group in that some things looked great and others didn’t.
“They all had their moments that they shined. They had their moments they need work,” Carter said. “Other than that it’s just everybody still looking at the quarterback race. I trust the coaches will put the best one on the field.”
Regardless of what Georgia’s coaching staff decides, Houston said there is one area the Bulldogs can always lean on no matter who’s under center.
“Twenty-seven left and 27 right sounds pretty good to me,” said Houston, referring to sophomore running back Nick Chubb. “As long as we got that we’re going to be all right.”