Kirby Smart ‘open’ to playing more than one quarterback to start season
UGA fans should prepare themselves for the possibility of seeing more than one quarterback in the season opener against North Carolina.
“I’d be open to that, but it’s not something that would be beneficial for the overall program,” Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said Monday during a break from the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge golf tournament, where he was playing.
“I think you make that judgement (based on) how guys are playing during the game and the 28 practices prior to that,” he added.
This spring offered little clarity in the ongoing three-way battle between last year’s starter, Greyson Lambert, junior Brice Ramsey, and true freshman Jacob Eason, who led all passers in the G-Day spring game with 244 yards and a touchdown.
Smart has been hesitant to claim one quarterback ahead of the others, even after Eason’s performance delighted the crowd of more than 93,000 on hand at Sanford Stadium to see his debut.
Smart told DawgNation in April that any answer about UGA’s starter is “probably coming sometime in September.”
Smart’s ultimate decision could apparently include an evaluation of how multiple quarterbacks perform against a Tar Heels team that won 11 games last season and was third in the ACC in passing yards allowed.
As Smart explained, “If one guy’s not playing well, you’ve got to do it.”