Richt choses Lambert to Start at QB

| September 1, 2015

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ATHENS — Georgia has made somewhat of a surprising move and named former Virginia starting quarterback and graduate transfer Greyson Lambert as the team’s starting quarterback. Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt announced the move following the team’s Monday practice.

“Lambert is going to start the game,” Richt said. “There may be others that get in the game, but he’s the starter. It’s been a very, very close competition and it’s still being contested. But at this point, we felt it was wise to name the starter and get him the reps with the No. 1 unit.”

The favorite for the job was thought to be redshirt sophomore Brice Ramsey, considering Lambert arrived just before the beginning of fall camp. Redshirt junior Faton Bauta was also involved in the competition but appeared to trail in the competition for the starting role last week.

Richt and new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer came to a consensus that Lambert was the right choice over the weekend.

“Coach Schottenheimer and I were pretty sure on Saturday. This morning, we talked about it one last time,” Richt said.

The Georgia coach spoke of the difficulty in making the decision, calling it one of the toughest of his career.

“It really has been,” Richt said. “It’s a big deal because it’s a big position, and it’s one where normally you don’t roll guys in and out. Every other position you do that, but quarterbacks tend not to do that. It was a tough decision because they’re all extremely hard workers, they’re smart and they’re talented. They’ve all done well in our opinion.”

The Bulldogs SEC and playoff chances now rest in the hands of Lambert, a player who left Virginia after being told he would not be the starter for a team coming off a 5-7 record. Lambert threw more interceptions (11) than touchdowns (10) last season.

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