ATHENS, Ga. — Greyson Lambert has been chosen as Georgia’s starting quarterback for the season opener later this week, according to an announcement Monday by Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt.
Lambert is a junior from Jesup, Ga., who appeared in 16 games for Virginia in 2013 and 2014. He had been battling junior Faton Bauta and sophomore Brice Ramsey for the starting job since enrolling at Georgia in July.
Following the Bulldogs’ 25th practice of preseason camp, Richt told the team and then the media.
“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.”
Richt said he continues to have faith in all three quarterbacks.
“They all can get us in the right plays, they all can get us in the right protections and they all can function well and help us win,” Richt said. “That’s what made it so tough.”
Asked what separated Lambert from the pack, Richt responded, “It was just a cumulative grade so to speak, a cumulative performance.”
Richt said offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer told the quarterbacks before Monday’s two-hour practice.
“Coach Schottenheimer and I were pretty sure on Saturday. This morning, we talked about it one last time,” Richt said.
Richt said this decision was one of the toughest, personnel-wise, 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 will kick off the 2015 season on Saturday at noon against ULM at Sanford Stadium. The game will be televised by the SEC Network.