ATHENS — Seventeen times in the past two games Georgia has lined up in the Wild Dog formation, with quarterback Greyson Lambert lining up out wide as a receiver. And seventeen times he has been covered by a defender, despite the improbability he will be thrown a pass.
“Nobody really expects it, or says anything,” Lambert said. “I’ll try to go and give them little shots sometime, and they’ll say ‘uh-huh’, or whatever they say. But I try to have a little fun out there.”
It would seem a waste of a defender to keep putting a man on Lambert. Or, perhaps, the defense has done its research.
While at Virginia, Lambert actually did catch a pass. It came on a reverse to a receiver who then passed to Lambert.
“Went for 23 (yards),” Lambert said, smiling. “That’s a big chunk.”
Maybe that’s why Kentucky and Auburn kept a cornerback on him.
“Exactly,” Lambert said. “I’m a triple threat.”
The self-aware Lambert was having some fun: He’s rushed for minus-10 yards this season, though that counts sacks. (He has gained 49 yards on 11 rushes this season, including a 13-yard scamper for a first down at Auburn.)
At 6-foot-5, Lambert could make an inviting target for Terry Godwin or whoever else might try to throw him a pass out of the Wild Dog. But when you’re not known for your athleticism at some point the defense is going to stop bothering tot defend him when he lines up out wide.
Is Lambert surprised they stay on him?
“A little bit,” he said, waiting a few moments to add with a smile: “Hopefully they don’t.”