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.
A day after Georgia head coach Mark Richt confirmed his program’s interest in Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert, the graduate transfer took things one giant step further. Lambert is apparently heading to Georgia this fall.
Lambert told Joe Schad of ESPN he will be transferring to Georgia, where he will be eligible to compete for the starting job under center immediately. Lambert does not have to sit out a season due to being a graduate transfer. Richt had confirmed Georgia was actively recruiting Lambert’s services yesterday at an event in Macon, Georgia. This was all he could say without committing any NCAA violations. Once Lambert’s transfer is made official, Richt will be free to comment freely about the new addition to the Georgia offense.
Georgia is looking for a replacement to Hutson Mason this fall. Out of the spring it looked like a three-horse race between Brice Ramsey, Falton Bauta and Jacob Park. Despite transfer rumors after the spring practices concluded, Richt says he expects all three of those options to be a part of the program in the fall. Throw Lambert into the mix and the quarterback depth is padded. Lambert brings starting experience to the position and that likely bodes well for his chances of starting for the Bulldogs, but it is far from a given.
Lambert was Virginia’s leading passer in 2015 despite only playing in nine games. He passed for 1,632 yards and 10 touchdowns but was intercepted 11 times while completing 59.0 percent of his pass attempts. Lambert threw six red zone touchdowns while completing just 46.4 percent of his attempts inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Georgia was much more efficient in the passing game in red zone opportunities, completing 65.5 percent of pass attempts for 17 touchdowns and just one interception (Lambert was picked off twice inside the 20-yard line).
Of course, Lambert would figure to have a more reliable offense around him if he wins the starting job at Georgia. The Bulldogs have Nick Chubb running the football to take the pressure off the passing game, which can in turn lead to a more effective pass attack when called upon.