Can Ramsey give Georgia the spark they need on offense?
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Georgia’s inconsistent quarterback play reared its ugly head at the worst possible time against Alabama. The duo of Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey combined to throw for 106 yards and three interceptions without tossing one touchdown.
Ramsey threw two of the interceptions and only completed one pass, however he wasn’t inserted into the game until after half when the score was already out of hand with the Tide up 24-3.
Offensive coordinator Brian Schottneheimer confirmed Lambert would remain the team’s starting quarterback but Georgia’s plan of playing both quarterbacks will continue against Tennessee.
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“It’s been no secret that we plan on playing Brice every game,” Schottenheimer said. “Greyson doesn’t need to look over his shoulder because Brice is gonna play. When we decide to put him in depends on situations. We always want it to be meaningful snaps. That plan doesn’t really change.”
Despite his backup’s struggles against Alabama, his coordinator still sees the potential in Ramsey to be successful in the offense. However in the loss to the Tide, Ramsey may have been trying too hard to make a play considering the score of the game and his offense badly in need of a spark.
“The thing about Brice when he goes in there is make good decisions. The talent is there, obviously,” Schottenheimer said. “He didn’t get many plays in the first half so we came out in the second half. He made a really good throw on the pass that got intercepted for a touchdown. Brice’s big deal is that whenever he gets inserted, he wants to go out there and move the team."
Lambert bounced back from a similarly disappointing game against Vanderbilt to have the most accurate passing performance in NCAA history. If the junior has another rebound game against Tennessee, the Dawgs should win. However if both quarterbacks struggle on the road, Georgia could be in for a real dogfight in Neyland Stadium.