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No rush for Georgia to name a starting quarterback

Brice Ramsey and Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert are the frontrunners for the starting QB job at Georgia. AP Photo/John Bazemore

I know, I know, Georgia fans, the announcements of all these other starting quarterbacks around the country has to be maddening. You just want your own continuing battle to end and for someone to take the job and run with it.

It's time for the Bulldogs to get to work and leave this semi-distraction in the past, right?

Well, pump the brakes. Mark Richt and Co. don't need to rush into naming a starter juuuuust yet. More than a week of practice is left, including what should be a crucial scrimmage on Thursday, before the season starts, and it's not like the Dawgs need a definitive guy under center against Louisiana-Monroe, or even against Vanderbilt in Week 2.

The ongoing competition among Brice Ramsey, Greyson Lambert and Faton Bauta has consumed all of fall camp, but that's fine. Tremendous tailback Nick Chubb is back, four starters on a stout offensive line return and a (finally) healthy Malcolm Mitchell leads a team of young yet talented receivers. Help is there.

And fans might be able to quiet some of that anxiety with reports surfacing that the battle is now down to just Ramsey and Lambert. None of that is shocking. Ramsey was the favorite before and after spring, while Lambert's experience at Virginia gave him a legitimate chance of taking the job.

So let this seemingly two-man battle continue for a few weeks if it has to. Georgia isn't worse off by not having a starter named right now because it might not benefit this team or position at all to have one at this point.

Ramsey, who threw for 333 yard and three touchdowns in eight appearances last year, might be the guy. But if he can get better thanks to a hotly-contested competition with Lambert, by all means let it happen. Lambert, who threw for 1,632 yards in nine games at Virginia last year, probably didn't transfer to Georgia to sit, so there's no point in hindering his focus before the season.

From everything coming out of Athens, it sounds like both guys have been pretty even during fall camp, so why not make sure they are pushing each other to the best of their abilities?

Maybe you kill the confidence of the younger Ramsey by naming Lambert the starter. Maybe you hurt the real competitive to push Ramsey needs if Lambert knows he isn't the guy.

Maybe -- just maybe -- you want to make sure you get the right guy under center for a team that has SEC and national championship aspirations.

It can be frustrating not knowing who your quarterback can be -- just ask about half of the league -- but Georgia's team isn't suffering from this battle.