Greyson Lambert, Georgia’s No. 1 QB prospect in 2012, is making a push to win the starting QB job at Virginia.
Lambert had a strong spring and was the first QB to play in the Cavaliers’ spring game. He threw for 220 yards and two TD passes to go with two interceptions, but his leadership abilities might push him ahead of returning starter David Watford.
Lambert, a sophomore from Wayne County in Jesup, was voted one of Virginia’s four team captains for the 2014 season and earned a spot on coach Mike London’s leadership council. All this despite playing only four games last year.
“I’ve tried to be a little more vocal,” Lambert told the Charlottesville (Va.) Daily Progress. “I’ve tried to have 1-on-1 conversations with the guys, having to talk in front of the whole team, just wanting them to know that I’m here for them. That whole sense of togetherness is what we’ve tried to have the entire spring.”
He’s stepping into a void that’s missing on a team that went 2-10, was winless in the ACC and ended last season on a nine-game losing streak.
“I guess the quarterback spot was open,” WR Kyle Dockins told The Washington Post. “And he took it.”
Lambert played sparingly last year, going 33-for-75 for 340 yards, a TD and two interceptions in seven games as Watford’s backup, but gained experience and became more comfortable at the position.
“I don’t know if I would’ve done anything differently than what I did last year,” Lambert told the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press. “It’s just that the experience that I was able to get last year throughout the whole year of college football — that’s really helped me.”
London isn’t ready to name a starter, but it could come quickly.
“We’ll make that decision early,” he said. “We’ll make that decision soon. We’ll make that decision when all the opportunities to evaluate these guys present (themselves).”
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