Smart says the Bulldogs have ‘depth issues’ at quarterback this spring

Kirby Smart addressed the media Tuesday in a spring practice press conference, and one of the main topics was Georgia’s depth at the quarterback position.

Coming off an 8-5 2016 season, including a Liberty Bowl win over TCU, the Bulldogs hope to be in good position to compete for an SEC East title, but their head coach is worried about depth at a key position.

On Tuesday, Kirby Smart said his team lacks depth at the quarterback position through spring practice. “We’ve got three quarterbacks in the spring. Biggest concern there.. yeah, we have depth issues,” Smart told members of the media.

The recent decision from rising senior Brice Ramsey to transfer away from UGA didn’t help matters any, but he was on hand to help toss footballs around Tuesday.

I’m a little concerned about being able to get functionality in practice when you’ve got three quarterbacks,” Smart said. “We don’t really have a person to move over there. We’ve got a couple of guys who have played high school quarterback, but they play other positions for us.”

Georgia’s three designated quarterbacks for spring are sophomore Jacob Eason, freshman Jake Fromm and junior Sam Vaughn.

On the bright side, Smart said the three quarterbacks on his spring depth chart will get plenty of reps. “We’ll continue to work with those three guys. They’ll get a lot of work, that’s the good thing,” Smart said.

Smart said the depth issue is something to be addressed with walk on players in the fall, and in this year’s recruiting class.

“We’ve got some really good proffered-type walk on guys coming in in the fall,” Smart said. “We don’t have another signee, obviously, coming in.  That’s something we’ll have to address in the upcoming year’s recruiting class.”


See the full spring press conference in the two videos below:



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Blake Silvers is an editor at the Rome News-Tribune, and a contributor at Fansided. His work frequently appears on, and he has also written for Bleacher Report in the past.