ATHENS — Hey, remember when that was the major story around the Georgia football team?
It’s been overshadowed this week by seemingly bigger questions. And fans and media are by now weary of the subject. Still there are plans for Georgia to play Kentucky on Saturday, and the home team has yet the say who will be it’s quarterback.
Faton Bauta, the sentimental choice of many current and former teammates, volunteered to run scout-team safety this week in practice, and Mark Richt has said Bauta was getting the third-most snaps with the first-team offense. So if you take all that on face value, that would appear to rule out a second straight start for the junior.
So that leaves Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey, and Richt continues to insist it’s been close all year between the two.
Bearing that in mind, here’s something to remember: It’s supposed to rain on Saturday. And after the Alabama game, Richt said Ramsey throws a better wet ball.
“That was part of the thinking,” Richt said on putting Ramsey in for the second half.
Of course neither quarterback looked adequate against Alabama. But that was Alabama, and whoever plays quarterback down the stretch has a chance to put up better numbers down the stretch. The opponents:
- Kentucky: 82nd nationally in total defense, 74th in pass defense
- Auburn: 108th; 93rd
- Georgia Southern: 42nd; 51st
- Georgia Tech: 49th; 31st
Of course if Ramsey does start, and does play well down the stretch everyone will wonder why Richt and Brian Schottenheimer didn’t start Ramsey from the beginning. But it’s not like those two coaches aren’t under fire already this season.
Lambert also put up good numbers against lower-ranked defenses (South Carolina and Tennessee). And Lambert was preparing for the rain during Wednesday’s practice, wearing gloves on both hands.
The last time a Georgia quarterback wore gloves in a game was Aaron Murray in the 2010 Liberty Bowl, and we know how that turned out: Zero touchdowns. But again, it’s not like that would be a first for the Bulldogs this season either.