You knew there was a problem at quarterback for the Bulldogs when heir apparent red shirt sophomore Bryce Ramsey was not named starter for the 2015-16 season. Instead Virginia back up QB Grayson Lambert (originally recruited by Mark Richt in high school) was brought in to ‘compete’ for the starting job. As the season drew near it appeared neither guy was playing their way into the starter’s role. Meanwhile there was a buzz forming about the 3rd stringer Faton Bauta. People were talking about his mobility, size and strength. But at the end Lambert, the classic drop back styled QB got the nod.
Richt and UGA coaches thought about moving Bauta to another position. This has become a troubling trend at Georgia. Either not recruiting a talented mobile QB who isn’t the drop back style or not taking advantage of skill sets that could win at the college. Remember they asked Cam Newton if he would play TE when they recruited him. Joshua Dobbs of Tenn, Blake Sims who led Alabama to Nat’l Championship game played HS in GA
Lambert looked impressive in some of the games. He even set an NCAA completion record (96%) vs South Carolina. In big game vs Alabama however he, and backup Bryce Ramsey had the ‘deer caught in the headlights’ look. Then a loss to underdog Tennessee, and vs Missouri the offense again looked lackluster in a 9-6 win.
The Florida game is here. They are the best team in the SEC now, not Georgia. So Mark Richt looking at the chance to keep an SEC East title a possibility, did what he probably should have done to start the season. He is going to play Faton Bauta. Bauta more mobile than the other 2 QBs will create a different challenge for the Gators. Georgia fans hope that he will be able to elude the rush from the pressure defense of Florida. Also fans hope he make some keys plays with his athleticism.
The Bulldogs and Mar Richt roll the dice. I think that they might have a winner in #10 Faton Bauta