Who would have thought the SEC would house so many ACC leftovers?
OK, maybe that's a bit harsh. But it is pretty interesting that, since 2014, the nation's premier conference has taken in three quarterbacks who lost out on starting jobs at their ACC schools.
Greyson Lambert's announced transfer this week from Virginia to Georgia was the latest such move in the past 18 months, joining Jacob Coker (Florida State to Alabama) and Chad Kelly (Clemson to juco to Ole Miss). All are now vying for starting jobs in the SEC.
The Lambert situation definitely is one worth watching. The redshirt junior has two years of eligibility remaining (immediately), and he is entering a QB situation in Athens that is far from settled.
Georgia coach Mark Richt alluded to as much during a teleconference last month, when he was peppered with questions about Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson, who was still on the market before deciding to go to Florida State. Richt said that Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta and Jacob Park all could start this fall, but he left the door open for another body.
"I think we've got guys who are capable of getting the job done," Richt said May 13. "We've got three on scholarship, which is a number that's not -- I'd always feel better with four or five on scholarship, quite frankly, just as a normal practice. But we're just in a year where we have three. So we hope that everybody stays healthy and I think we've got some outstanding ballplayers."
New UGA offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer echoed those sentiments this week.
Lambert brings a ton of experience, relatively speaking, having started nine games for the Cavaliers last season. Ramsey has taken the most meaningful snaps of any of the Dawgs' three QBs, playing the second half of the 2014 Belk Bowl, but he has yet to start a game.
Lambert, however, lost his starting job this spring to Matt Johns, with coach Mike London stating that the race wasn't close. That's telling, especially considering London's recent history with the position.
As colleague Jared Shanker pointed out recently, London's job security is essentially tied to Johns now that he's the UVa starter. And as colleague Andrea Adelson noted, the QB spot has been among the biggest reasons London's program has struggled the past three seasons, with three different signal-callers leaving Charlottesville for other destinations.
None of those are FBS programs, let alone SEC programs, which makes the Lambert experiment in Athens all the more intriguing.