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Saving a shirt: Brice Ramsey will return for his senior season

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NCAA Football: Alabama at Georgia John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

After announcing earlier this year that he planned to transfer for his senior season, QB and P Brice Ramsey appears to be sticking around Athens instead.

Ramsey came in highly hyped after excellence on the summer recruiting circuit as well as causing a former wing-t focused powerhouse in Camden County to sling the ball around. But the expected success never panned out at UGA as Mike Bobo became Brian Schottenheimer and now Jim Chaney.

Ramsey’s most substantial playing time came late in his redshirt freshman season as he took over provided a stronger armed alternative to starting QB Hutson Mason. Then came Bobo’s departure, and the arrivals of Schottenheimer and Greyson Lambert, leading to Ramsey continuing to sit when the offense was on the field. Of course, he did fill in admirably at punter that season.

Last season, he still punted some (although not as well), and fell to third string QB behind Lambert and stud recruit Jacob Eason. And with that all in mind, Ramsey had plans to leave town and look to get back throwing passes on fall Saturdays elsewhere in 2017. But Kirby Smart is a relentless recruiter, and he didn’t want the 6’3 signal caller going anywhere.

It’s not that Smart saw Ramsey beating out Eason this fall, or even Cameron Nizialek for punting duties. But what he does provide is experience, and depth. Should Nizialek struggle, we’ve got an option (and one that puts teams at concern for a fake punt too). Should Eason struggle or get injured for a short time, Ramsey can step in without causing five star recruit Jake Fromm to waste his redshirt season.

Either way, we’re glad Ramsey is sticking around.