Report: Georgia names starting QB for Florida game
Faton Bauta has reportedly been named Georgia’s starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against Florida.
Various reports circulated on Thursday afternoon before it was confirmed in the evening by GridironNow.com.
Chip & Seth: Change is afoot at Georgia’s QB position https://t.co/1fBplIB9K9
— AJC UGA (@ChipTowersAJC) October 29, 2015
Gators may need to prepare for a running quarterback Saturday. There are rumors that Faton Bauta will see playing time Saturday.
— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) October 29, 2015
Every former player I spoke to this summer said Faton Bauta was the hardest worker on the team, without question. pic.twitter.com/cLWtNQnLkl
— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) October 28, 2015
The Bulldogs (5-2) battle archrival Florida (6-1) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla. The game will be shown on CBS.
On Wednesday, Georgia coach Mark Richt acknowledged that Bauta, Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey have all taken first-team reps this week in practice.
“All I can tell you is we’ve been repping just like last week, we’ve repped more than one guy with the ones,” Richt said. “We’re going to continue to do that. …They all got work with the ones.”
Tight end Jeb Blazevich admitted that the Bulldogs know who’s going to start on Saturday, but said that the team is not revealing who it will be. He said that they’re keeping it confidential because they don’t want their opponent to know who to prepare for.
“I’m comfortable with whoever they put in there,” Blazevich said. “They get paid the big bucks to make those decisions. I have confidence in each and every one of our guys.”
Bauta, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound redshirt junior, has not played this year. He attempted five passes last year, completing four of them, for 48 yards. He also ran for a couple of touchdowns. He played in three games as a redshirt freshman in 2013 and three more last year.
Rivals rated him the No. 15 dual threat quarterback in the country in the Class of 2012 coming out of Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Lambert has started Georgia’s first seven games. He has thrown for 1,276 yards and nine touchdowns. But he has only completed 54 percent of his passes over the team’s past three games. Ramsey has also seen action this season, throwing for 221 yards and one touchdown.