Schottenheimer says Georgia won't rush quarterback decision

Schottenheimer says Georgia won't rush quarterback decision

August 18th, 2015 by David Paschall in Sports - College

New Georgia offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer works with quarterbacks during Monday's practice.

Photo by Steven Colquitt

Another preseason football practice at Georgia.

Another coach describing the close quarterback competition.

Bulldogs first-year offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was made available to the media following Monday's two-hour practice in full pads. Schottenheimer echoed head coach Mark Richt, offering few specifics and no timetable in tabbing a starter among redshirt junior Faton Bauta, redshirt sophomore Brice Ramsey and Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert.

"All three guys are flashing at times," Schottenheimer said in his first news conference this month. "I think we'll make the decision when we feel like it's the right time to make the decision. Whether it's before the first game or whenever it is, what we're trying to emphasize with these guys is to make the most of your opportunities."

Bauta, Ramsey and Lambert have been rotating among the first, second and third teams. Schottenheimer said Lambert, who started nine games for the Cavaliers last season but lost the starting job in Charlottesville this spring, has done a great job in picking up the system.

The Bulldogs are 18 days away from their season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, and the plan for the foreseeable future is to continue giving all three a chance.

"That's something we'll take day by day, but right now we're comfortable giving all three guys reps," Schottenheimer said. "There is still a long time before we play and a lot of work to be done. We're not going to rush this decision.

"We're going to make the right decision, and once that decision is made, then I think we'll feel good moving forward."

Fifth-year senior receiver Justin Scott-Wesley slipped in the portion of Monday's practice that was open to the media and was helped off the field with an apparent knee injury. Schottenheimer was asked about Scott-Wesley and said he would let Richt discuss such matters.

Richt is not scheduled to address the media until after Thursday's practice.

Riding with five

New Georgia offensive line coach Rob Sale also held a news conference Monday and said he plans to ride the starting five of left tackle John Theus, left guard Isaiah Wynn, center Brandon Kublanow, right guard Greg Pyke and right tackle Kolton Houston as far as they will go.

"I'll keep that group out there and let them play together," Sale said. "I won't just sub a guy in there. I like the conditioning, the tempo and the way we practice."

When asked who would replace Theus if he got hurt, Sale said he would move Wynn to left tackle and then look for options at left guard.

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