ATHENS — A lot of people are eager to hear what Georgia’s Greyson Lambert has to say about Saturday’s game against Alabama. But they will all just have to be disappointed.
Bulldogs coach Mark Richt confirmed Tuesday that he’s not making the junior quarterback available to the media this week.
“I don’t think so,” he said when asked if Lambert would be available for interviews.
Asked if it was his call or Lambert’s, Richt grinned. “It’s mine,” he said.
Lambert has generally been available each week since being named the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback the week before Georgia’s opener. However, he did not speak with media the week after the Vanderbilt game.
Georgia played South Carolina that following Saturday and Lambert set an NCAA record for completion percentage (96 percent) in a single game with more than 20 attempts. He was 24-for-25 for 330 yards and three touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 52-20 victory over the Gamecocks.
“Remember that game where he didn’t talk to anybody?” Richt said. “He, like, did something no one else had done in the history of the world. Well, we’re going to keep going with that.”
Lambert, a first-year transfer from Virginia, grew up as an Alabama fan (he was born in Mobile) and was recruited by the Crimson Tide. They’re still talking in Jesup about the day Nick Saban flew into Wayne County Airport in Alabama’s jet.
While he held offers from Alabama and Georgia, both schools ultimately went in different directions on quarterbacks and Lambert signed with Virginia out of Wayne County High School.
After redshirting and starting for nine games last season, Lambert lost his starting job at Virginia and decided to take advantage of the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule. After choosing Georgia over Florida, he beat out Brice Ramsey for the Bulldogs’ starting assignment.
In four games, Lambert has completed 76.5 percent of his passes for 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions and an SEC-best pass efficiency rating of 201.0.
Coming into Saturday’s game, he has the full confidence of his new teammates.
“He’s done a great job of coming in, not knowing anyone and pretty much taking over the spot,” tailback Nick Chubb said. “He’s one of our top leaders and he’s our quarterback. That’s a big role on any team. … My impression of him is he’s doing a great job of everything we’re asking him to do.”