Georgia adds Lambert to quarterback mix

Georgia adds Lambert to quarterback mix

June 4th, 2015 by David Paschall in Sports - College

Virginia quarterback Greyson Lambert (11) throws a pass against Georgia Tech during their game in Atlanta in this 2014, file photo.

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

Georgia's quarterback competition received a fourth contestant Wednesday when Greyson Lambert announced he was transferring from Virginia to join the Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder started nine games for the Cavaliers last season, missing three due to an ankle injury he sustained at Brigham Young. He completed 154 of 261 passes (59.0 percent) for 1,632 yards with 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2014.

New Bulldogs offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer held a news conference Wednesday and was asked about Lambert joining a mix that already has redshirt sophomore Brice Ramsey, redshirt junior Faton Bauta and redshirt freshman Jacob Park.

"Obviously it speaks to the fact that we're trying to create competition," Schottenheimer said. "You're talking to a guy who's coached the last two years in the NFC West, with two or three different quarterbacks a year. Unfortunately, injuries are part of the process."

Lambert, who is scheduled to graduate later this month, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. He signed with Virginia out of Wayne County High in Jesup, Ga., where he was rated the No. 12 pro-style quarterback nationally by Scout.com in the 2012 signing class and No. 22 by Rivals.com.

After redshirting in 2012, Lambert played in seven games in 2013, completing 33 of 75 passes (44.0 percent) for 340 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Lambert helped guide Virginia to a 23-21 upset of Louisville early last season but later in the year was intercepted twice in a 35-10 loss at Georgia Tech. He visited Georgia this past weekend and on Wednesday posted "Go Dawgs" on his Twitter account.

Ramsey had the most first-team reps in the G-Day spring game and is believed to have the slight lead over Bauta, with Park in third. At least that was the perceived pecking order before Lambert's decision.

"We expect that somebody will come out of this deal as a winner," Schottenheimer said. "Coach Richt and I believe that having one guy gives you the best chance. Now, we've just got to make sure we find the right guy."

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.


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