ATHENS — What has been suspected for awhile is now official: Brice Ramsey, once considered the heir apparent to be Georgia’s starting quarterback, is leaving the program.
The rising senior quarterback has decided to transfer to a team where he could compete for the starting quarterback job and potentially play this season. That’s according to a statement Ramsey provided to Dawgs247.com on Tuesday morning. His mother Yolanda, in a brief conversation, declined to elaborate.
Ramsey leaves without having ever started a game at Georgia, where he ended up having more impact as a punter than a quarterback.
The player’s statement, which is on Dawgs247.com:
“I have enjoyed my years at UGA, the bonds I have made with the coaching staffs as well as the numerous friendships with my teammates will last a lifetime and will continue to help guide me with decisions and future endeavors. I will never look back on my time at UGA with regrets, I have loved every minute of my time here. However I understand the meaning of living life with no regrets so after a talk with my family over spring break I have decided to try and play my last year at another institution. I thank Coach Kirby Smart for the advice he has given me and the way he guided me from the moment he arrived on campus. I wish him, the coaching staff and the players nothing but the best and will forever cheer for them. Go Dawgs!!”
That brings Georgia down to just two scholarship quarterbacks for this season: Sophomore Jacob Eason and freshman Jake Fromm. There are also returning walk-ons, including junior Sam Vaughn and senior Parker McLeod, and the team is due to get freshman walk-on Stetson Bennett IV.
Smart, speaking on his radio show Monday night, did not mention Ramsey when discussing the quarterback situations, but seemed to telegraph his concern about the scholarship depth, referring to it as being “very thin” at quarterback.
Ramsey is due to graduate in May, and would be eligible to play right away as a graduate transfer.
Two years ago, Ramsey was the favorite to win Georgia’s starting quarterback job. And he might have if Mike Bobo, who recruited him and groomed him for two seasons, had not left to become Colorado State’s head coach.
But after a change of coordinators and quarterbacks coach, and the arrival of Greyson Lambert (himself a grad transfer from Virginia), Ramsey lost the quarterback competition before the 2015 season. He did play in spurts, but never started.
Last year, with another change in coaches, Ramsey was relegated to third team after the arrival of freshman Jacob Eason. This year freshman Jake Fromm has already drawn raves from Smart.
Ramsey also punted at the end of the 2015 and 2016 seasons. But Georgia has Marshall Long back to do that this season, as well as several walk-ons.
Ramsey appeared in 24 games over his career, attempting 74 passes and completing 45, for 582 yards. He had four touchdowns and four interceptions. He punted 45 times for 1,741 yards, averaging 38.7 yards.
As for Ramsey’s next stop, a reunion with the two coaches who recruited him seems unlikely. Both Colorado State and Miami (where Mark Richt is entering his second year) are already pretty deep at quarterback.