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3 reasons why Greyson Lambert will start against UNC

Greyson Lambert
(Photo: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports)

The buzz around Georgia’s football program ever since Kirby Smart stepped foot on the university campus has centered around the starting quarterback role.

The three competitors for the spot, Brice Ramsey, who figures to be Georgia’s backup punter, Greyson Lambert, and the hyped, five-star freshman Jacob Eason, have been fighting to be behind center on the first Saturday of September since spring practice back in March.

While the coaches say the starter is unnamed and up in the air, there are clear reasons as to why Lambert will earn the role for the Bulldogs over Eason or Ramsey come their opener against North Carolina on September 3.


The primary reason as to why Lambert will earn the starting role is the simple fact that he won’t do enough wrong to lose his team a game. While he may possess an average arm and an inability to successfully escape the pocket at times, he will rarely throw a senseless pass which may lose the game for Georgia. Last season, this was shown as Lambert only had two interceptions on the year, and was never the main culprit to any of the Bulldogs’ three losses last season.

The factor of experience also intertwines with that of Lambert’s dependability. In the case of Eason, it is very rare to see a freshman quarterback take the reigns immediately on a power-five conference team, who potentially could contend for a championship this season.

For Brice Ramsey, he has yet to start consistently in his first two seasons at Georgia, and when given the chance, he has impacted Georgia’s chance to win the game on multiple occurrences. Therefore, Lambert’s three seasons playing with two different power-five teams would pose an argument as to why he deserves the starting role.

Lastly, as this is said only somewhat jokingly, Lambert does hold the NCAA pass completion record at 96%.


Another reason why Greyson Lambert needs to start for Georgia in the season opener is because Jacob Eason needs to be eased into his role. Very rarely do you see a freshman quarterback take the reigns on a football team facing top competition, and that shouldn’t happen with Eason, even if he is expected to be Georgia’s program cornerstone for the coming years.

Georgia should play Eason intermittently, allowing him to have exposure in the season opener, but only in a situation that carries minimal pressure and gives him little chance to make a big mistake which may cost Georgia the game. The opportunity for Eason to take a majority of the reps lies in the home opener against Nicholls State the following weekend. The aspect of showing what he’s made of both against superior and inferior competition will create a clearer picture than practice reps for the UGA coaching staff on who deserves the role throughout conference play.


Lastly, Greyson Lambert deserves the role to open the season because he deserves the opportunity with a legitimate offensive core. Last season, his numbers were unimpressive, as he was rattled frequently and averaged only 7.7 yards per completion. The fans were in an uproar last season as they thought he wasn’t getting the job done effectively, and that may have been the case. However, he only had one true weapon to throw to in Malcolm Mitchell, and Brian Schottenheimer’s efforts were putrid as the offensive coordinator.

Lambert is now given a new core and a host of talent both on the field and on the sidelines. The year of experience under Terry Godwin’s belt, the addition of Javon Wims and Mecole Hardman Jr., in addition to proven offensive coordinator Jim Chaney should give Lambert a more legitimate chance to show what he’s made of.

All of these reasons should illustrate why Greyson Lambert should start off the season for Georgia, and some of his teammates seem to agree, including freshmen Isaac Nauta and Javon Wims. Although fans rave over what Jacob Eason brings to the field and rightfully so, expect the experience of Greyson Lambert to begin the all-important first season in the new era for Georgia.



  1. DawgByte

    Jun 15, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Point of correction. Lambert doesn’t deserve to start. If Lambert starts and that’s a big “IF”, it will be because he EARNED the starting job or Eason didn’t do enough to win the role. At the end of the day talent will win out and there’s no way Lambert can compete from a talent perspective. I do agree with you that Chaney should ease Eason into the role, but IMO that means getting snaps against UNC. If Jacob can move the chains against UNC and shows a command of the offense then hand him the ball and let him run the show from then on.

  2. Dave

    Jun 15, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I’m not a Lambert-basher, but the point that seems to be oversimplified is just how an interception becomes a game-losing interception (or other mistake). If Eason or Ramsey is moving the ball better and putting more points up, then Georgia might be winning by 2 or 3 scores later in the game. At that point, an interception or fumble with 4 minutes left might not be a big deal. Conversely, if you have a ‘game manager’ who’s got you in 1 point game, then you’re worse off, even if he doesn’t specifically make a huge mistake; the whole game is a series of minor shortcomings.

  3. Aubrey E. Walker

    Jun 15, 2016 at 10:56 am

    If Lambert starts we have bigger problems at Q. B.

  4. ClydeSmith

    Jun 15, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Lambert had his chance last year and blew it, let’s see what Eason has!!!!

    • Bobby Ferguson

      Aug 21, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Lambert was not the reason we lost any of those games. I do like Eason tho

  5. Ricky

    Jun 15, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Reading this just made me sick after spring there absolutely no reason not to start Eason of we so be it if we start Lambert and lose we just waste and opportunity for Eason to grow the future is now and the future is Eason Go Dawgs

    • Jerald Phillips

      Jun 15, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Fans have seen Eason for 1 day. Coaches who happen to be getting paid to make decisions have seen these players many more times than 1 day. They have a pretty good idea who gives us the best chance to win.

  6. dawgfan

    Jun 15, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Your analysis is on the money! Lambert didn’t look great last year but was it him or poor coaching? Eason is the future but he needs time develop. CKS will start whoever earns it and gives UGA the best chance to win.

    • latemodelray

      Jun 15, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      He did not look any better at Virginia …. is why he lost the starting job for the Cavs

  7. Alex Daise

    Jun 15, 2016 at 3:24 pm


  8. Justin

    Jun 15, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Lambert doesn’t deserve to start. To echo the sentiment of many – Whoever the coaches feel give the team the best chance of winning will earn the privilege to start. Lambert looked terrible by the end of the G-Day game. Eason looked awesome. As of right now, that’s what I have to go on. Eason is the future of the program. Lambert is not. Personally, I’d rather see Eason out of the gate. Even if the UNC game starts with Lambert, I’ll go ahead and make the prediction that it ends with Eason. That boy can do things with the football that Lambert only dreams about.

  9. itsdone

    Jun 15, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    No way. Lambert doesn’t throw picks because there usually is no DB lying on the ground two yards behind the line of scrimmage (where Lambert’s passes typically go). And I disagree with easing Eason in. He is either ready or he isn’t. Playing him intermittently only does more damage because he feels he has to be the hero every drive he gets. He must learn how to command all 4 quarters. Eason will also be a ‘rookie’ either this year or next. Might as well break him in the same year you are trying to build depth and talent in a program. Face it, Lambert is not a championship QB and there is no upside to playing him over Eason. I am in no way blinded to the fact that Eason will struggle as a true freshmen, but he also will struggle as a red-shirt freshmen.

  10. latemodelray

    Jun 15, 2016 at 8:55 pm

    All reasons you list are stupid. The team never looked right with him at QB last season. The guy just is not a very good QB thats why he had been benched at Virginia. If he starts then Kirby loses face with players when he claims he will play the best players and that you can come in and compete right away. Just watch the other players when asked about Eason how eyes light up every player already knows who the best QB is and it is not Lambert
    1. DEPENDABILITY AND EXPERIENCE ??? Experience maybe dependability nevr he missed open receivers time and time again electing not to throw down field and just dump the ball off ….. Goodness please not another year of him
    2. EASE EASON IN ? lol either he is ready to go or he is not and why not give him the confidence boost naming him the starter

    3. LAMBERT DESERVES A LEGITIMATE CHANCE??? He had that last season and he deserves no more or less a chance than all other players competing for the same position same as the RT NG or FS

  11. Thomas Brown UGA

    Jun 16, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Greyson Lambert was given every opportunity last season and at Virginia. He could not hold on to his job at either school because he is unwilling to try to throw the football down the field acting like if he doesn’t throw an interception that he won’t lose his job. His job is to throw the ball down the field.

    # 119 on 3rd Down Conversions Greyson Lambert here at Georgia

    # 104 Passing Offense Greyson Lambert here at Georgia

    7 fumbles by Greyson Lambert here at Georgia

    29 carries by Greyson Lambert here at Georgia for minus – 39 yards

    12 TD Passes all season long by Greyson Lambert here at Georgia

    Best win over 2-6 in The SEC Auburn

    3 fumbles and interception Alabama Greyson Lambert yanked from the game 10-38 despite Nick Chubb 150 yards rushing and a TD. And -0- TD passes. Why did Kirby beat Greyson Lambert ? Because he was one of those guys at QB who play to not lose game manager who categorically refuse to try to throw the ball downfield. 5 unanswered TD scored against us.

    Staked to a big early lead Greyson Lambert tried to take the air out of the ball against the vols and watched idly as the vols scored 4 unanswered TD against us again.

    Given these performances in the Big Games for us Mark Richt benched Greyson Lambert vs Florida our # 1 Rival and preferred to start INSTEAD a QB whom Mark Richt had not given 1 single snap at QB all season long.

    Mark Richt LOST HIS JOB over this.

    Despite being the starter 2015 for us Greyson Lambert threw for 12 TD passes all season long with his best win over 2-6 SEC Auburn. 12. That total against those cupcakes he beat could have been achieved in 2 or 3 games at the most.

    This his experience. This his dependability. This his chance. He is not Kirby’s Starter.

    No way.

    Did you bother reading your replies Brandon Sudge ?

    Because if you did you certainly FAILED to answer a single reply of the dozen disagreeing with you son.

    How much you want to bet Brandon Sudge ?

    This is our # 1 problem that our Quarterbacks have NOT gotten the job done last year or the year before. And you run blindly to the Internet to post how great he is instead by stark contrast without ANY of these FACTS.

  12. Stan Ryals

    Jun 16, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Lambert plays not to lose , Eason will play to win… I feel the team will have a little more “IT” in them with Eason on the field …. If the running game is sound which I think it will be, Georgia will find 15-20 plays he is very comfortable with and slowly build from there

  13. Jason

    Jun 16, 2016 at 10:41 am

    I generally agree with most of the posts here, for why Lambert should NOT start. I am surprised, though, that the writer never mentioned this thing that *should* be considered in Lambert’s favor: He has experience against UNC. He would possibly have knowledge and/or confidence against this one opponent, even if he was lacking against others. I don’t know if that is really worth all that much, but I would have made it Point #4 if I were writing the article.

  14. Joe

    Jun 16, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Everyone here make good points, however the fact of the matter is Lambert had not one but two situations where he came from that wasn’t the best coaching and the best situation. He now has Jim Cheney and could possibly look like an entirely different QB. That said he didn’t look that way in the spring and this ain’t your daddy’s Georgia Bulldogs. This team, this coach and this new QB will make the decision based off who is the best period. As much as I hate Florida they did something in 2007 that no team had come close to doing because Urban Meyer simply played the best players from day 1. They started 7 true freshman in the national title game and look how that turned out.

    Play the best player! Who cares about the experience stuff. Eason doesn’t appear to me like the type of guy that cares about the pressure anyway. He knows he’s being drafted high regardless of how UGA finishes in the next 3 seasons. No pressure from day one on the kid and he’s being told that as quoted by CKS for a reason. Kirby and Cheney ain’t stupid. He will start the first snap vs. UNC.

  15. Thomas Brown UGA

    Jun 17, 2016 at 4:14 am

    Sure he will Joe. This old regime held back Matthew Stafford. And we all saw how that worked out. Joe Tereshinski III and Joe Cox as BETTER quarterbacks Mark Richt and Mike Bobo told us all 2006. So THEY started and NOT Matthew Stafford in games like Vandie. Vandie mind you. Vandie beat us.

  16. Dbag

    Jun 21, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Lambert =COX&JTIII= 7yard gopher ball

  17. Perry

    Jun 24, 2016 at 6:58 am

    I don’t understand why the media keeps building up Lambert when he did a terrible job leading the dawgs last year. On several occasions he seemed to freeze up and was unsure what to do. Brice Ramsey performed much better than Lambert during the spring game, but yet I haven’t seen hardly any articles about Brice. I believe the only reason Lambert ever got a shot was because of Schottenheimer and you see how his career at UGA turned out. If Eason doesn’t start it should be Brice not Lambert

  18. Eason > Lambert

    Jun 25, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    The fans will be booing in the Dome if Lambert steps on the field against UNC. And I will be there too, booing with them. Close your eyes and listen. You can already hear the roar of the crowd the first time Eason steps on that field. Start Eason.

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