Georgia Football: Greyson Lambert Named Starting Quarterback


The Georgia football roller coaster ride came to a sudden stop when head coach Mark Richt named Greyson Lambert the starting quarterback for the season opener.

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It’s a mathematical certainty that only one quarterback can start a football game. And there is no doubt that Georgia will play with someone lining up at quarterback.

And so the inevitable finally happened. Georgia football head coach Mark Richt named a starter, and he is Greyson Lambert.

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Is this the end of the story or the first shoe to drop?

“There may be other or others who get in the game. But right now the thing that I know that he’ll start the game,” Seth Emerson of quoted Richt.

The drama continues. There will be a murmur in the crowd the first time a Lambert pass hits the ground before hitting a receiver’s hands. There will be a cheer of relief when his first pass is completed.

And Sanford Stadium will be replete with faux offensive coordinators surmising and critiquing when Lambert gives way to Brice Ramsey or Faton Bauta.

The decision was a surprise – not so much who, but when.

“If I was a betting man I would probably say I didn’t think there was gonna be one named up until the game,” Seth Emerson quoted senior offensive tackle John Theus.

Lambert came from behind to claim the opening game start. After starting nine games for Virginia, Lambert lost the starting quarterback job on a pedestrian Virginia Cavalier team this spring.

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But upon arrival in Athens, and before, Lambert applied himself to the task of overtaking the favorite Ramsey for the starting job.

“He came into Georgia and busted his butt,” Caitlyn Stroh quoted John Theus for “He got in the playbook, got a great understanding of Coach (Brian) Schottenheimer’s playbook. He put himself in the best position to be named the starter.”

While the assumption is more than one quarterback will plead his case between the lines on Saturday, the decision can only be viewed as a major setback for Brice Ramsey.

Despite enrolling early in 2014 and spending a red shirt year prepping and learning the Georgia playbook, the highly touted Ramsey never challenged Hutson Mason for the top quarterback spot after Aaron Murray’s departure to the NFL. Prepping weekly as Mason’s backup, Brice Ramsey was the most prepared to take charge of the Bulldog offense this spring. Now Ramsey will watch a fall transfer start the season as the top Dawg signal caller.

After missing on this opportunity, for Ramsey the question suddenly becomes, will he be passed over to give Faton Bauta a game opportunity as the second quarterback in?

The Bulldog Nation will keep both eyes on the field, and one eye on the sidelines, Saturday, watching to see if number 10 or number 12 begins warming up – probably will get a headache.

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