Georgia’s QB competition will go into August, Smart says

ATHENS — It looks like Georgia’s quarterback competition will once again carry into August.

Head coach Kirby Smart doesn’t plan on naming a starting quarterback immediately after spring practice, he said after Saturday’s second spring scrimmage.

“I think it’s going to go into August. I think it has to,” Smart said.

Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey once again split first-team snaps in Saturday scrimmage, with Jacob Eason mostly going with the third team, but going some with the second team. It’s not clear whether it will be that way on G-Day, but Smart said the reps have been split close to even among the three.

“I need to use this game (G-Day next Saturday) to judge, because this is hopefully going to be a real-game environment. I wouldn’t want to name anybody going into it,” Smart said. “We’ve got to figure out how we’re going to manage it. Because obviously there’s two teams and there’s three quarterbacks, so you do the math. Do you let two guys go with the ones, do you let Jacob go with the twos? I mean, we’ve got to talk about that as a staff. We may even roll those guys so they’re not on one team.

“We’ve got to get the evaluation we need. That’s the most important thing. It’s not who’s with what group. It’s how many reps we can get them.”

On Saturday, Smart made clear that the offense had a better scrimmage.

“We either have a long way to go on defense. Or we’re better than I think on offense,” Smart said in his opening comments. “I don’t know how to answer that, because the offense, I won’t say dominated, but they definitely won the scrimmage.”

Smart added that he was “disappointed altogether with the scrimmage, and I told the kids that. Frustrating. Some explosive plays we gave up.”

The passing wasn’t the strength of the scrimmage, according to Smart, saying the wind may have had something to do with that. Pass protection was good, and the pass rush was not.

The offense ran the ball much better than it did in the first scrimmage. But the defense also didn’t tackle as well, Smart said.

G-Day, Georgia’s annual spring football scrimmage, is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Sanford Stadium. Check back here daily for DawgNation’s G-Day coverage brought to you by Georgia United Credit Union.

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