Greyson Lambert has social media. He can be found on Twitter.
But Lambert doesn’t let that get to him. He doesn’t even keep the apps on his phone. But after Saturday’s game, he didn’t need any social media to hear the critics.
“He just wanted to bury it; I was kind of proud of him,” said senior center Hunter Long, who is Lambert’s roommate. “All the fans kind of getting after him a little bit, obviously it’s going to get a 21-year-old kid down, but he bounced back.”
Lambert’s 10-for-24, 86-yard performance was one of the worst of his career.
Of course, Lambert wasn’t alone. The receivers didn’t get separation. The running backs, outside of Nick Chubb’s 83-yard touchdown, didn’t find many holes to hit. Alabama’s defense just had the Georgia offense covered up.
But none of that mattered to Lambert. He expected better.
“Maybe that’s the nature of the position, as well,” Lambert said. “As a quarterback, I’m a leader on this team. When things don’t go well, I feel responsible.”
After the game Lambert joked he just wanted to watch Tennessee tape that night. While he didn’t, it highlights the fact that Lambert just wanted to move on.
But that isn’t easy for Lambert, who said people have called him his own worst critic.
“When you want to play well and you want things to go well and you prepare for things to go well, that’s kind of how you are,” Lambert said.
Lambert could have chosen to sulk in defeat, but as he put it, it’s not his first loss as a college quarterback. And as he and his teammates know, there isn’t much of a benefit to that.
“When things happen, you talk about it for a few minutes, you’ve got to let it go,” junior receiver Reggie Davis said. “If you keep talking about it, then you’ll just keep getting down on yourself. Basically you’re just sitting around in your misery. You’ve got to move past that.”
Lambert chose to move past it, with a little help from his teammates. The recovery was a two-part process. The first step was a small pity party with the team.
“Yeah, we just kind of get a bunch of snacks and go to somebody’s house and eat,” Long said.
The next day, the offensive linemen got together and watched the game film, a day earlier than they usually do. Lambert too went and watched the game film, so he can turn around Monday and try to move past it.
“There’s plenty of things, especially a team of that caliber, when you lose to them, it can be a total loss or you can learn from the things you did wrong and take it to the next week,” Long said. “Because there’s going to be tough teams the rest of the season. There’s a lot of lessons we can learn from Saturday.”