RUTLEDGE — Georgia’s football team made one of its annual visits Wednesday to Camp Sunshine, the summer camp for kids with cancer. Among the dozens of Bulldogs on the trip was a familiar face: Brice Ramsey, back in his red number 12.
Ramsey, the senior quarterback, decided last month to return to Georgia rather than graduate transfer, as he had announced before spring practice.
Head coach Kirby Smart, speaking publicly for the first time since Ramsey’s decision, acknowledged where it helps the team most on the field – quarterback depth – while first and foremost saying he was just “excited” and how Ramsey’s decision spoke to his character.
“We’re where one injury doesn’t hurt us. We can still have good guys. He’s got good experience, he’s played,” Smart said. “He cares about Georgia. For him to be here today with these kids and interact, that’s showing he’s giving back, he’s all in. It means a lot to see him here.”
Sophomore Jacob Eason, the incumbent starting quarterback, and freshman Jake Fromm were also at Camp Sunshine on Wednesday. Fromm showed off his arm during dodgeball, while Eason signed numerous autographs and sat in for a radio session with campers.
When Ramsey was off the team, it seemed likely that Fromm would play this year, even as the backup, as the team only had two scholarship quarterbacks. Now with Ramsey back, Smart was asked if that changes the dynamics of the quarterback situation.
“I don’t think so. I think there’ll be good competition,” Smart said. “The good thing is the way we practice is all of them get reps. So he’ll continue to get reps, and all those guys will rotate. It was hard for us to have enough quarterbacks to get reps in the spring. So now we’ve got enough quarterbacks to get reps.”
Note: Check back later for a more lengthy write-up on the Bulldogs’ appearance at Camp Sunshine, including Smart’s personal experience with the camp, and more details on the dodgeball game.