Leading up to Georgia’s 27-3 victory over Kentucky this past weekend, head coach Mark Richt said Greyson Lambert would get the start but others would see time at quarterback as well. Brice Ramsey was the other quarterback to see some playing time, and it looks like that will be the plan once again this week as the Bulldogs take on Auburn.
“We’ll go into this week thinking we’ll play Greyson (Lambert) and Brice (Ramsey) again,” Richt said Sunday night, according to a report from Athens Banner-Herald. “If we were having success we were just going to kind of keep with whoever was in there,” Richt said. “It wasn’t so much a hot hand, but just the continuity of how things were going. That was really the main thing.”
Against Kentucky, Lambert completed six of 13 pass attempts for 64 yards and a touchdown while starting and playing the entire second half. Ramsey, in his limited first-half action, completed four of six attempts for 26 yards. Georgia’s passing offense ranks 97th in the nation entering this week, with 193.4 passing yards per game. The days of having Aaron Murray or Matthew Stafford appear to be distant memories the way the Georgia passing game has been going lately. Georgia’s total passing yards has decreased each week since throwing for 279 against Tennessee on October 10 (178 yards vs. Missouri, 154 yards vs. Florida, 90 yards vs. Kentucky).
Auburn’s passing defense ranks 80th in the nation, allowing 239.3 yards per game through the air. That number dropped after giving up just 137 passing yards to Texas A&M in a 26-10 victory on Saturday. Auburn picked off three passes against the Aggies and two the previous week against Ole Miss.
Heisman hopeful Nick Chubb rushed for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns as No. 9 Georgia (1-0) powered its way past ULM (0-1) Saturday afternoon in Athens, 51-14. Not even a weather delay could slow down the momentum of the Georgia offense. Lightning in the area forced the game to be suspended for over an hour, but Georgia had long since had their way with the WarHawks.
Chubb opened the scoring with a 14-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter and Virginia transfer quarterback Greyson Lambert (who started for the Bulldogs) got in the score sheet with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jeb Blazevich just 20 seconds later. Aaron Davis intercepted a pass from ULM quarterback Garrett Smith on the first play of the ensuing drive after Chubb’s touchdown run.
The onslaught of Georgia offense continued in the second quarter with the Bulldogs adding three more touchdowns before ULM could get on the board just before halftime. Special teams got involved in the second half for Georgia with a blocked punt netting the team two more points midway through the third quarter. Lambert added his second touchdown of the game minutes later with a 28-yard pass to Malcolm Mitchell.
Chubb is going to continue to be the main cog in Georgia’s championship plans, but it must have been encouraging to see Lambert have himself a solid afternoon running the offense. Brice Ramsey did see some playing time as well, completing his only two pass attempts of the game for 51 yards and a touchdown, but Lambert proved why he was named the starter by Mark Richt. Now let’s see what he does in the next game.
Georgia will jump into SEC play in Week 2 with a road trip to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt. The Commodores are coming off a tough loss at home against Western Kentucky on Thursday night.
ULM gets a home game next week and should bounce back. The WarHawks will host Nicholls State, but they go to Alabama two weeks later after a bye week.
Louisiana-Monroe has a history of giving a scare to some SEC opponents. That will not be the case this afternoon, with the WarHawks already down 35-7 at the half in Athens against Georgia. Georgia running back Nick Chubb has started his season on a good foot, with 77 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Chubb’s touchdowns runs came from 14 yards in the first quarter and 23 yards in the second quarter, with the latter capping a 96-yard drive on just six plays. But Chubb’s start to a potential Heisman campaign is just one fo the stories this afternoon for the SEC East favorites. Virginia Transfer Greyson Lambert has been efficient in his debut with the Bulldogs. Lambert has started his afternoon completing six of eight pass attempts for 113 yards and a touchdown. Brice Ramsey has also stepped in to run the offense, completing his first two pass attempts for 51 yards and a touchdown as well.
ULM did get on the scoreboard just before the end of the first half when Garrett Smith completed a touchdown pass to Rashon Ceaser from 22 yards out. Down 28 though, mounting a comeback should be difficult for the visitors in this one.
With Georgia off to a huge start, it is likely we may not see much of Chubb the rest fo the afternoon, but the quarterbacks could be a different story before Mark Richt has seen enough.
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Following announcements at Texas, Florida State, Army and Ole Miss, Georgia head coach Mark Richt announced Monday Virginia graduate transfer Greyson Lambert will start for the Bulldogs on Saturday.
“There may be other or others who get in the game. But right now the thing that I know that he’ll start the game,” Richt said of Lambert, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Very, very close competition. Still being contested in my mind. But at this point we felt it would be wise to name a starter and get him ready to play in this ballgame. … We’ll start playing ball that way and see how it goes.”
Richt said he and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer were “pretty sure” on Saturday, but gave themselves a couple of nights to let the decision marinate. Lambert and fellow signal callers Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta were informed before Monday’s practice session. Richt, however, did not rule out letting either of the runners-up see action on Saturday. “So it was very close, but coach Schottenheimer and I have decided that it would be wise to decide on who it is right now so we could kind of get it over with, so to speak, and maybe within a day or two everybody can kind of settle down and play football, think about winning,” Richt said.
Lambert tossed 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as a sophomore at Virginia last season. In what could be the best “go to class, son” message ever, Lambert moved from Virginia’s backup quarterback to Georgia’s starter over the course of one offseason.
“We didn’t invite (Lambert) blindly,” Richt said. “We watched his film and felt like he could function and do the things that we’re going to ask the quarterback to do here at Georgia. But we didn’t say: ‘He’s gonna come in and be our starter’ by any means. We told him he would compete for that job and legitimately have a shot to compete for that job.”
Georgia hosts Louisiana-Monroe Saturday in a noon kickoff on SEC Network.
There was a nice little stretch of time in recent years when Georgia head coach Mark Richt did not have to worry about who his starting quarterback would be entering a season. Aaron Murray provided the Bulldogs head coach with a certain level of comfort most coaches can only dream of having every summer. But Murray has been gone for a couple of years now and once again Richt is one of many coaches around the nation trying to figure out which player will be best suited to be the starting quarterback of his offense. Time is starting to run thin.
“I’m a patient guy, but the clock is ticking,” Richt said Saturday when meeting with members of the media during fall practice. Richt appears to be no closer to naming a starting quarterback than he was when fall camp opened up.
Georgia’s quarterback competition was thrown under the spotlight in the spring game, knowing the running game should be just fine with Nick Chubb. The spring ended with Faton Bauta, Brice Ramsey and Jacob Park all vying for the job, which Richt expected to continue to play out over the summer anyway. Park has since left the program and Georgia has added Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert. Lambert would seem to be a likely candidate for the job, although Richt has not jumped to any such conclusions.
“I’d like to know and have peace,” Richt explained. “I mean I’m waiting for some peace.”
Here’s hoping Richt finds some peace soon enough.