ATHENS — Georgia’s quarterback race may indeed have finally narrowed down to two, and the gap between them appears to be very close.
Brice Ramsey was first in the pecking order during the media viewing period of Tuesday’s practice, while Greyson Lambert was second. That was a flip-flop from Monday’s viewing, when Lambert was first.
Faton Bauta was third on both days, a heavy indicator that the junior, while not necessarily out of the running, is definitely third.
Until this week the pecking order had rotated evenly each day. This is the first time that someone has been third team on consecutive days, at least as far as media viewing periods.
Georgia holds its final scrimmage on Thursday. That could end up deciding the race between Ramsey, a sophomore, and Lambert, the junior who transferred from Virginia. But based on the reps and all other indicators, the competition is close enough that both could play a week from Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe. In fact so could Bauta.
Lambert and Ramsey looked very similar during Tuesday’s viewing, which was mainly red-zone routes to receivers and tight ends. Both Lambert and Ramsey had good zip on their balls, and both were fairly accurate.
It’s easy to tell that the quarterback race has entered the nitty-gritty: Coach Mark Richt was watching the quarterbacks all three periods of the viewing period. The atmosphere around the group was quite intense, mirroring the level of competition, apparently.
After practice, players that were prodded for comment on the quarterback situation danced around it, as usual. Richt has put a clamp on that.
“All three of them are really talented, and they know the system really well, so I think whoever they put back there will be good for the offense and for the team,” junior receiver Reggie Davis said.
A few other practice observations:
– Justin Scott-Wesley was not out there, either in or out of uniform. He was at Monday’s practice in street clothes, and all indications are that the senior receiver is leaning towards not playing anymore due to his knee.
– Sony Michel continues to be the second tailback in the pecking order, after Nick Chubb. That’s been fairly consistent during camp, with Keith Marshall being the third guy. That doesn’t mean Michel is definitely ahead of Marshall, as the two remain a sort of second tier behind Chubb. But Michel has looked very good in camp, from all accounts.
– Nothing new apparently on the injury front. The only other notable players missing are freshman defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter (unknown injury) and sophomore fullback Christian Payne (cracked fibula.)