ATHENS — Greyson Lambert and Jacob Eason will remain in competition for the starting quarterback job for at least one more game.
Georgia’s (slightly) updated depth chart has Lambert first string, followed by Eason. Last week there was the dreaded “or” between them. But that was apparently based on Lambert starting against North Carolina.
Coach Kirby Smart didn’t name a starter Monday, and said it would be handled similarly to last week.
“We’re going to continue to rep both of those guys, give those guys a lot of work, and make a decision as to what we’re going to do, whether it’s later in the week, or game time,” Smart said. “Both those guys will continue to work, and that’s the most important thing that they can continue to grow and get better and develop so that our offense can grow and develop and get better.”
Georgia hosts Nicholls State, an FCS program, at noon Saturday.
Lambert started Saturday and played the first three series, then Eason came in for two series. Lambert started the second half, but then Eason came in and led the team into the lead, completing a 51-yard pass along the way, the program’s longest pass completion since the 2013 season.
But Lambert, still regarded as the better game manager, came back in with about four minutes left, and Georgia leading 26-24. Nick Chubb ran for a 55-yard touchdown on the very first play.
Eason finished the game with better stats (8-for-12 for 131 yards, 1 TD), while Lambert was 5-for-8 for 54 yards. But Eason’s stats were helped by two jet sweeps to Isaiah McKenzie that essentially were forward handoffs, and Lambert had a good slant pass dropped by freshman tight end Isaac Nauta.
A two-quarterback rotation, at least early in the season, isn’t very unusual. Alabama was among the many teams that did it on opening weekend, and apparently will again. But Smart was non-committal on how long Georgia would go with its rotation.
“Every situation is different. Everybody’s got their own quarterback situation,” Smart said. “A lot of quarterbacks are different on these teams I see play from time to time. In our case right now we’re growing. We’re trying to get the best unit we can get out there. We’re trying to do what each one of these quarterbacks can do. It’ll be based on exactly that – what they can do and what’s going to be good for the people around them. It won’t be based on what’s going on in college football, it’ll be based on what’s best for us.”