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Georgia’s Quarterback Problem

Mark Richt and Jacob Eason watch Faton Bauta
Mark Richt and Jacob Eason watch Faton Bauta
Photo: Greg Poole/Bulldawg Illustrated

 
 
Jacob Eason is enrolled at UGA and all of Georgia’s quarterback problems are solved, right? Perhaps the current roster of quarterbacks are adequate to secure the position but Patrick Garbin recently did a little research and found that during the Richt era quaterback recruiting was substantially different than under previous Georgia coaches.
 
 
First, Richt didn’t sign many in-state quarterbacks:
 
 
[su_quote style=”modern-light” cite=”” url=””] Comparatively speaking, I found the out-of-state trend regarding Bulldog signal callers has indeed been rather unusual (the percent of QB signees being from out of state is followed by the Georgia head coach and his measured seasons):
 
25 percent (10 of 40)—Vince Dooley, 1977-1988
15 percent (2 of 13)—Ray Goff, 1989-1995
22 percent (2 of 9)—Jim Donnan, 1996-2000
62 percent (8 of 13)—Mark Richt, 2001-2015
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Mark Richt, the former quarterback, did not sign many quarterbacks regardless of home address:
 
 
[su_quote style=”modern-light” cite=”” url=””] Never mind their hometowns—again, comparatively speaking—why did Coach Richt sign so few quarterbacks? (the annual average number of QB signees followed by the Georgia head coach):
 
3.33 (40 QB signees in 12 seasons)—Dooley
1.86 (13 QB signees in 7 seasons)—Goff
1.80 (9 QB signees in 5 seasons)—Donnan
0.87 (13 QB signees in 15 seasons)—Richt
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Even when comparing Georgia’s quarterback recruiting to other schools the number of signees is telling:
 
 
[su_quote style=”modern-light” cite=”” url=””] Knowing Georgia had ranked sixth among current big-5 conference schools in overall winning percentage during the Richt era, for a sampling, I looked up the number of quarterback signees from 2001 through 2015 of the five schools which ranked ahead of the Bulldogs in winning percentage: 1) Ohio State, 2) Oklahoma, 3) LSU, 4) TCU, and 5) Oregon.
 
Compared to Georgia’s total of 13 QB signees the previous 15 years, or 0.87 annually, the five other programs averaged exactly 17 QB signees from 2001 to 2015, or 1.21 annually. The difference isn’t necessarily significant like when compared to Georgia’s previous coaching regimes; still, it’s inconsistent enough to mention.
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Read Patrick’s article here:
 
 

Curious Moves from the Past

Looking through an overload of historical data while preparing for the upcoming National Signing Day, something regarding Georgia’s quarterback signees from the last decade or so really grabbed my attention: Beginning with Blake Barnes (Baldwyn, MS) in 2004 and including Jacob Eason (Lake Stevens, WA) this year, nine of the Bulldogs’ 12 quarterback signees the last 13 years hailed from outside the state of Georgia.


 
 
 
 
 
 

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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.