And then there were two — more than likely.
Entering spring practice, Georgia’s quarterback competition to replace Hutson Mason was a three-player race: Brice Ramsey (pictured), Faton Bauta and Jacob Park. According to Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald, however, the latter appears to be on the outside of the battle looking in as Ramsey and Bauta have rotated between the first- and second-team offenses while Park hasn’t taken a snap with the starters in two weeks.
As Mason’s primary backup in 2014, Ramsey has been viewed as the front-runner to start the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe Sept. 5. Back in late February, however, head coach Mark Richt said the competition “as wide-open as it’s ever been since I’ve been at Georgia probably.” While Park may be a footnote at the moment, Wesizer writes that “Bauta is making a push for the gig.”
Radi Nabulsi of UGASports.com noted on Twitter that, in two scrimmages thus far this spring, Ramsey has completed 33-of-60 passes for 451 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Bauta, meanwhile, has hit on 34-of-58 passes for 497 yards, four scoring tosses and a pair of picks. Park has completed just six of his 15 passes in that same time frame.
“He threw the ball well [Saturday],” Richt said of Bauta. “I think he’s got a real good understanding of what we’re trying to do.”
Richt and new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer are not expected to pull the trigger on a starter until some point during summer camp.