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Greyson Lambert says he’s going down to Georgia

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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.

Mark Richt confirms UGA’s interest in ex-UVa. QB Greyson Lambert

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Late last week, multiple reports surfaced that Georgia, along with Florida, was interested in Virginia transfer quarterback Greyson Lambert.  One report went so far as to confirm that Lambert would be visiting Athens this past weekend, with a trip to Gainesville immediately thereafter.

While Mark Richt didn’t give many details, he did confirm an interest in the transferring signal-caller.

And, for those of you who’d like to catch Richt in an NCAA situation, you can likely stop.

As long as Lambert’s release from Virginia includes Georgia — and there’s no reason it shouldn’t — Richt is free to confirm that his football program is recruiting the player.  That, however, is as far as the public discourse can go.

Entering spring practice, Georgia’s quarterback competition to replace Hutson Mason was a three-player race: Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and Jacob Park.  Ramsey and Bauta exited the spring 1-2 — or 1a-1b, to be technically correct — on UGA’s unofficial depth chart.

There has been some chatter that either Bauta or Park could look to transfer, although Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald wrote on Twitter that “Richt says [all three] scholarship QBs… [are] expected to be enrolled for 1st session [of] summer school this week.”

Whether that remains the case if Lambert lands in Athens remains to be seen. Not only would Lambert come in with immediate eligibility as a grad transfer — and, unlike the other three, starting experience at the FBS level — he’d actually have two years of eligibility remaining.

That might be a tough situation to swallow for at least one of the quarterbacks currently on the Bulldogs’ depth chart, especially as this is the second Power Five transfer at the position UGA has pursued this offseason, which doesn’t exactly conjure up much confidence in the current stable of players by the coaching staff.

Ex-Virginia QB Greyson Lambert to visit Florida, Georgia

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Having fallen short in their respective pursuits of Everett Golson, it appears Georgia and Florida have their collective sights set on another transfer quarterback.

Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald is reporting that UGA has received permission to talk to transfer target Greyson Lambert.  247Sports.com, meanwhile, reports that Lambert will visit Athens this weekend, and will then follow up that with a visit to Florida Monday.

Nearly two weeks ago, it was announced that Lambert had received a release from his Virginia scholarship.

Entering spring practice, Georgia’s quarterback competition to replace Hutson Mason was a three-player race: Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and Jacob Park.  Ramsey and Bauta exited the spring 1-2 — or 1a-1b, to be technically correct — on UGA’s unofficial depth chart.

Florida’s quarterback situation is equally unsettled, with neither Treon Harris nor Will Grier able to grab the job by the throat this spring, although Grier will enter the summer as the slight favorite.

Lambert could immediately enter either the Bulldogs’ or Gators’ signal-calling fray as he will receive his degree from UVa. late next month and will be eligible immediately at any FBS school.  Colorado State, Fresno State and Purdue have also shown an interest in Lambert, who will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Last season, Lambert started nine of the Cavaliers’ 12 games.  He threw more interceptions (11) than touchdowns (10) while completing just under 60 percent of his 261 passes.  That performance, as well as their collective performances in the spring, allowed Matt Johns to wrest control of the starting job exiting those 15 sessions and contributed to Lambert pulling the trigger on a transfer.

UGA’s three-man QB battle whittled down to two?

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And then there were two — more than likely.

Entering spring practice, Georgia’s quarterback competition to replace Hutson Mason was a three-player race: Brice Ramsey (pictured), Faton Bauta and Jacob Park. According to Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald, however, the latter appears to be on the outside of the battle looking in as Ramsey and Bauta have rotated between the first- and second-team offenses while Park hasn’t taken a snap with the starters in two weeks.

As Mason’s primary backup in 2014, Ramsey has been viewed as the front-runner to start the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe Sept. 5. Back in late February, however, head coach Mark Richt said the competition “as wide-open as it’s ever been since I’ve been at Georgia probably.” While Park may be a footnote at the moment, Wesizer writes that “Bauta is making a push for the gig.”

Radi Nabulsi of UGASports.com noted on Twitter that, in two scrimmages thus far this spring, Ramsey has completed 33-of-60 passes for 451 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Bauta, meanwhile, has hit on 34-of-58 passes for 497 yards, four scoring tosses and a pair of picks. Park has completed just six of his 15 passes in that same time frame.

“He threw the ball well [Saturday],” Richt said of Bauta. “I think he’s got a real good understanding of what we’re trying to do.”

Richt and new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer are not expected to pull the trigger on a starter until some point during summer camp.

Richt: ‘QB as wide-open as it’s ever been since I’ve been at Georgia’

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Not only will Georgia enter spring practice for the first time in nearly a decade with an offensive coordinator other than Mike Bobo, the Bulldogs will also be searching for a new starting quarterback for the second time in as many years.

After Aaron Murray more than ably handled the job from 2010-13, the signal-calling baton was passed to Hutson Mason for the 2014 season.  With Mason’s eligibility expired, the new starter is expected to come from a group of three players: redshirt sophomore Brice Ramsey, redshirt freshman Jacob Park and redshirt junior Faton Bauta.

Ramsey served as Mason’s primary backup in 2014, completing 24 of 39 passes for 333 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Bauta completed four of his five pass attempts in 2014, while Park, a four-star member of UGA’s 2014 recruiting class, took a redshirt as a true freshman.

Based on experience alone, Ramsey will enter the spring as the favorite to win the job. The Bulldogs’ head coach, though, made it perfectly clear that, in the first year under the highly-paid coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, the job is available to anyone for the taking.

“It’s just a lot of work to be done between now and that first game and a lot of competition to happen,” Mark Richt said according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “You know, the quarterback position is as wide-open as it’s ever been since I’ve been at Georgia probably. It’s going to be an interesting battle I would say.”

It’s unknown if Richt will name a starter exiting a spring, or wait until the competition shakes itself out a little more during summer camp before pulling the trigger.

Regardless of who lands the job, they’ll be able to ease into the position as UGA will open the 2015 season at home against Louisiana-Monroe before traveling to Vanderbilt for the SEC opener the following weekend.  The next three games are at home, with a game against FCS-level Southern sandwiched between matchups with SEC East rival South Carolina and West heavyweight Alabama.