February 25, 2013

Ramsey ready to learn



As one of five scholarship quarterbacks who Georgia will have for the start of spring practice Saturday, freshman Brice Ramsey knows he's the proverbial low man on the totem pole.

Not that he's got a problem with that.

As the new kid on the block as one of the Bulldogs' 13 early enrollees, Ramsey joins Aaron Murray, Hutson Mason, Christian LeMay and Faton Bauta for the upcoming football campaign, players he hopes to take a few cues from while he waits for his turn under center.

There's also the not so small factor of learning the Bulldogs' intricate offense, particularly since the one he played in high school was anything but Pro Style.

But Ramsey says he's ready for the challenges that await.

"No doubt about it. Obviously, this is out of the ordinary coming out of the Wing-T or whatever, but I can adapt to situations," Ramsey said recently. "I went to a lot of camps when I was younger. I feel as far as along as anyone else (new) in the same system. I've just got to learn the playbook and everything else."

Knowing Ramsey, that won't be a problem.

A four-star performer according to Rivals.com, Ramsey's smarts and ability as a quick learner is something that's always set him apart.

"Learning a new system is tough for anyone. You're coming out of high school so obviously you're going to be in a totally different system. Everything is different, all the words, all the terminology," Ramsey said. "Something you may have called like '988' in high school is something else in college."

The fact he's getting an early start is something Ramsey is not taking for granted.

Although Ramsey knows his opportunity could not come for another couple of years, getting to Athens now is something that's only going to help.

"I just wanted to get in here and adapt to school, get used to everything before the fall rolls around," Ramsey said. "You want be too overwhelmed when things start happening."

Ramsey has already been hard at work.

The former Camden County standout who threw for 1,396 yards and 19 touchdowns last year for the Wildcats has been out throwing on Tuesday and Thursday with the rest of the Bulldog quarterbacks.

Of course, there's the not-so-small issue of mat drills, which Ramsey and the rest of the early enrollees were introduced to for the first time a few weeks ago.

"The mat drills are pretty difficult," Ramsey said before the workouts began. "But luckily my high school coach (Jeff Herron) took them from Coach Van (Dave VanHalanger), so I've done them for a while in high school. It wasn't totally new."