- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia’s first preseason scrimmage Saturday could provide separation in the three-way battle for the starting job at quarterback.

Coach Kirby Smart said Wednesday returning starter Greyson Lambert, junior Brice Ramsey and freshman Jacob Eason are still even in the competition. The coaches are eager to see one of the three emerge, and Smart says being tested Saturday under more game-like conditions could be revealing.

Smart said the scrimmage “is going to be a big indicator of who is going to continue to get more reps after that.”

Smart says he was disappointed players were “dragging” in Wednesday’s practice in hot and humid conditions.

“I don’t think anything is as frustrating as a coach, because you want to see leaders rise and take over the practice,” said Smart, beginning his first season as Georgia’s coach. “I really felt like there were a lot of guys trying to get through the day today and we can’t have that to get where we want to go.”

Smart said tailback Nick Chubb “has done everything we’ve done” as he continues his comeback from his left knee injury midway through the 2015 season.

Asked if Chubb would be exposed to being tackled to the ground in the scrimmage, Smart said “Nick has been to the ground in several drills we’ve had. That’s not a major concern of mine.”

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