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Don't Expect a Resolution to the Georgia QB Battle Anytime Soon

One of the hottest quarterback battles in the SEC is taking place this August in the Classic City of Athens, Georgia, as junior Faton Bauta, sophomore Brice Ramsey and Virginia graduate transfer Greyson Lambert are squaring off for the top spot on the depth chart.

Don't expect a resolution anytime soon, because this quarterback battle could last a long time.

With a week in the books during spring practice, head coach Mark Richt isn't dropping any hints, and it appears, according to Seth Emerson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that approach has trickled down to the players, including running back Keith Marshall.

Expect that to be the theme of fall camp for the Bulldogs, because this battle is going to last quite a while.

This has been an offseason of change for the Georgia offense, despite the relative stability of running back Nick Chubb and an offensive line that's one of the SEC's best. Gone is one of the best offensive coordinators in college football in Mike Bobo, gone are reliable wide receivers Chris Conley and Michael Bennett, gone is redshirt senior Hutson Mason—who, while inexperienced going into last year, was fully comfortable with the personnel and system.

On top of that, new coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has come in with an NFL-style install process that, while good for the players to prepare for the next level, still takes some getting used to.

"When he's teaching, he's rolling through. He's not taking five minutes to teach one play. It's like 10 seconds, and you better know it by tomorrow," wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell said following the spring game. "He's brought that in. Every time we install, it's quick. A 30-play install might take five minutes."

Considering where the quarterback battle stands right now, Schottenheiemer and Richt are best served to take their time.

Ramsey and Bauta went through spring, but Lambert just got to campus in late July after finishing up his degree in Charlottesville and has to play catchup early in fall camp. 

Shouldn't he deserve a fair shot at winning the job?

For that to happen, based on the new system and how it's being installed, a prolonged quarterback battle is necessary unless one of the contenders absolutely knocks the socks off of the staff over the next week or so.

Luckily for Georgia, the schedule sets up perfectly for the battle to linger into the season. 

The season opener vs. Louisiana-Monroe shouldn't be much of an issue and will give the staff a chance to judge whoever is still in the mix in a game setting. It's not so much the cupcake to open the season, though, that's important; it's Game No. 2 at Vanderbilt the following week.

It's not like Vandy is a tough place to play, but a road conference game is a fantastic place to separate the contender from the pretender prior to the Week 3 showdown with South Carolina. 

The scheme and the schedule are set up perfectly for this quarterback battle to shape up exactly like Alabama's did in 2011. Phillip Sims and AJ McCarron shared snaps in the opener vs. Kent State, and then McCarron took control on the road against a good Penn State team and never let it go.

Expect a similar script for the 2015 Georgia Bulldogs.


Quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports. Statistics courtesy of Barrett Sallee is the lead SEC college football writer and national college football video analyst for Bleacher Report as well as a host on Bleacher Report Radio on Sirius 93 XM 208.

Follow Barrett on Twitter @BarrettSallee.

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The Penn State Nittany Lions finished the 2014 season with a 7-6 record. But how will they fare in 2015?

Watch as Bleacher Report College Football Analysts Michael Felder, Barrett Sallee and Adam Kramer break down Penn State's biggest storylines on offense and defense heading into the 2015 season in the video above.

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15 Non-Power 5 College Football Players You Need to Know for the 2015 Season

Did you know that since 2000, 12 of the 32 quarterbacks who started in the Super Bowl didn’t play for a Power Five team in college?

That’s 38 percent of the field.

It proves an important point: You don’t have to play for Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma or USC to be a good football player.

It also means that you don’t have to play for a big-time program to become one of the greatest football players of all time. Think of Brett Favre of Southern Miss, Jack Lambert of Kent State and Walter Payton of Jackson State.

The following 15 athletes all have the right stuff for a big 2015 season; a lucky few may even go on to be a part of football history.

This is what will be referred to as their “humble beginnings."

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