ATHENS — Greyson Lambert will be Georgia’s starting quarterback — at least for the first spring practice.
There is an open competition this spring, and possibly beyond, to determine the starter. Lambert, who started all but one game last year, faces competition from five-star enrollee Jacob Eason and junior Brice Ramsey.
“There’s no timetable,” Georgia head coach Kirby Smart said when asked about having a starter named.
Smart was at Alabama last year when the competition lasted into the season, but Jacob Coker ended up starting all but one game.
Lambert will be the first-team quarterback for Tuesday’s first practice, Ramsey will be second team and Eason third team.
“From there we’re going to decide each day how we do the reps,” Smart said. “We have a lot of reps in practice the way we structure the practice. So each guy will get to throw with all the receivers, the way practice is structured. But we have to obviously have a guy go on with each practice. We’re gonna evaluate those guys each day. We’re going to encourage them to worry about each day getting better, not worry about the results each day. But (offensive coordinator Jim) Chaney and I have in-depth conversations about how we’re going to practice.
“I think the biggest thing you can do at that position is structure the practice so that you get to see each guy the right amount of times. And y’all are concerned more with who’s going with what group, where that’s not as important to us, it’s what each guy is doing within this group that’s a lot more important. We’ll structure it so we can see them progress as they go along.”
Ramsey will also continue to work with the punters this spring, Smart said. Ramsey finished last season as the punter, but Georgia signed a punter, Marshall Long, in February.
Smart said they’ll see what they have at punter this spring, including Ramsey, then give them a chance to compete with Long.