Senior Greyson Lambert will start at quarterback for No. 18 Georgia in its season opener against No. 22 North Carolina, getting the nod over touted freshman Jacob Eason.

Georgia spokesman Claude Felton confirmed Thursday that Lambert had beaten out Eason for the starting job.

First-year coach Kirby Smart had declined earlier in the week to name a starter, only saying that junior Brice Ramsey was no longer in the running. Both Lambert and Eason had been working with the first team.

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While Smart says he has no problem going with a freshman at the most crucial position on the field, he opted for Lambert's experience - at least in the opener. Lambert started 12 games for the Bulldogs a year ago, throwing for 12 touchdowns with only two interceptions.