Kirby Smart on the state of the QB race: ‘Nobody’s jumped out’

Greyson Lambert (11) started all but one game last season, but has yet to earn back the job.

ATHENS — If there is clarity about Georgia’s quarterback race in the minds of the coaching staff, it’s not being shared publicly.

Head coach Kirby Smart had said after Saturday’s scrimmage that they would examine the film and look to pare the race down from three to two. But after Wednesday’s practice, Smart said the competition was “not really any clearer.”

“We’re going to eventually narrow it down to two. We haven’t done that yet,” Smart said. “We don’t have a timeline for doing it. And evaluate them day by day.”

Freshman Jacob Eason has been getting a lot of first-team reps, which Smart has said was an effort to catch him up to veterans Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey. Smart would only say Wednesday that “all three guys are continuing to rotate and work in there.”

Smart also didn’t say if he had a timetable on announcing a starter. Georgia’s opener is a week from Saturday against North Carolina.

“We’ll continue to work on it until we figure out. It’s going to hopefully rear itself out in the next couple days,” Smart said. “But nobody’s jumped out right now.”

Subterfuge could always be a reason for not announcing a starter. North Carolina would have plenty of film on Lambert, but much less on the other two. But Smart seemed to downplay that as a strategy, as none are dual-threat quarterbacks.

“I don’t know if that’s a big deal or not,” Smart said. “I think it’s different when you have truly distinct quarterbacks to get ready for.”

Georgia hasn’t begun full-tilt gameplanning for North Carolina yet; the coaches have been going over it, and will “slowly” begin installing it with the players on Thursday, Smart said, then “full throttle” on Friday.

That will allow the coaches to take another test of the quarterbacks. How they “handle a gameplan” remains the big thing left to discover, Smart said.



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