Richt promises open QB competition in spring drills
Published 11:00 am Thursday, March 5, 2015
ATHENS (AP) — Brice Ramsey’s edge in Georgia’s quarterback competition this spring may not be as big as some believed.
Coach Mark Richt said Wednesday he’ll give Ramsey, Faton Bauta and Jacob Park equal chances to win the job when spring practice begins March 17.
Ramsey was the top backup to 2014 senior Hutson Mason. Ramsey, a sophomore, has a strong arm but has had issues with accuracy. In the Bulldogs’ Belk Bowl win over Louisville, he completed only four of nine passes with an interception.
Bauta, a junior, played in only two games last season.
Park (6-4, 202) worked against Georgia’s first-team defense while on the scout team last season, when he was redshirted.
“Park is a shifty cat and he can sling that ball,” linebacker Jordan Jenkins said Wednesday.
“Oh, he’s quick,” Jenkins said. “I’d compare him with maybe a taller version of (Missouri quarterback) Maty Mauk. Trying to get him down on some plays when he stretches it out definitely can be difficult. He’s shaken quite a few of us.”
Park also made an impression with his leadership while on the scout team.
“He takes pride in what he does,” Jenkins said. “If one of the offensive linemen on the scout team wasn’t blocking, he doesn’t let it go. He takes it personally that they’re not blocking, and he holds them accountable for it.”
Park’s attitude also impressed Richt.
“You can go over there and pout or you can go over there and try to get better and also try to help your defense get better,” Richt said. “That’s what his attitude was and we were very pleased with that. I think it served him well and now it’s time to let him compete.”
Each of the three will have a fresh start with first-year offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Schottenheimer, who was hired after Mike Bobo was named Colorado State’s coach.
Richt ranked the quarterbacks 1-a, 1-b and 1-c.
“It’s a matter of giving all of those guys an opportunity to get reps and try to make it as equal as possible,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll be rotating who is No. 1 on a given day as far as who is getting reps with that unit. I think all QBs will get reps with the 1s and the 2s.”
Richt said most of the terminology and plays will remain unchanged under Schottenheimer, the former St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator. Even so, Richt said he won’t commit to naming a starting quarterback this spring, in part due to the transition.
“I’m not sitting here saying we have to name a starting quarterback by the end of spring,” Richt said.
“The big thing is to give these guys opportunities and see how they handle it and evaluate and try to make that determination.”