Faton Bauta

Ex-UGA QB Faton Bauta transferring to Colorado State

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On December 23rd of last year, Mike Bobo left his job as Georgia’s offensive coordinator to take over as head coach at Colorado State.  Nearly a year to the day later, one of his former quarterbacks has decided to join him in Fort Collins for one final go at it.

With speculation swirling, Bobo confirmed on Twitter Friday night that Faton Bauta has joined his roster with the Rams. Bauta announced two weeks ago today that he would be transferring from the Bulldogs, saying in a statement “I feel that the best option for me is to explore a new opportunity.”

As Bauta has already graduated from Georgia, that new opportunity will be immediate as he will be eligible to play in 2016.

Bauta started one game during his four seasons in Athens, the Florida game this year in which he threw four interceptions in a loss. He was used primarily as the holder on field goal attempts this season, and rarely played prior to 2015.

For his career, Bauta finished 19-for-38 for 202 yards passing; 33 of those attempts came against the Gators. He also added 13 carries for 50 yards and two touchdowns.

The West Palm Beach, Fla., native was a three-star member of UGA’s 2012 recruiting class.

UGA QB Faton Bauta decides to transfer from Bulldogs

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On the heels of Mark Richt officially moving on to Miami, Georgia’s roster has seen a change as well.

In a press release, UGA announced that Faton Bauta has decided to transfer out of the football program. The decision is effective immediately, and the quarterback will not be on the roster for the Bulldogs’ bowl game.

No specific reason for the departure was given although it’s quite obvious his former coach meant a lot to him.

““In my four years at Georgia, this university and this football program have allowed me to grow as a man and as a football player,” Bauta said in his statement. “I cannot thank Coach Richt, my coaches and my teammates enough for all they have done for me. I will always be grateful for my time in Athens, my degree from this great university and each week I spent battling with my brothers on the field.

“At this time, I feel that the best option for me is to explore a new opportunity for my final year of eligibility. But I will always be thankful for my years in red and black, for Coach Richt and the coach he has been to me.”

Because Bauta graduated this past June, he can join another FBS program and use his final season of eligibility in 2016 without having to sit out a year. If Bauta’s decision to transfer is based on finding an opportunity for playing time, he likely won’t follow Richt to The U as sophomore Brad Kaaya is firmly entrenched as the Hurricanes’ starter.

Bauta started one game during his four seasons in Athens, the Florida game this season in which he threw four interceptions in a loss. He was used primarily as the holder on field goal attempts this season, and rarely played prior to 2015.

For his career, Bauta finished 19-for-38 for 202 yards passing; 33 of those attempts came against the Gators. He also added 13 carries for 50 yards and two touchdowns.

The West Palm Beach, Fla., native was a three-star member of UGA’s 2012 recruiting class.

Greyson Lambert gets start for Georgia vs. Kentucky, but QB shuffle will continue

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The Georgia Bulldogs have lost three of the last four games, seeing its preseason favorite status dwindle down to a possible third-place finish in the SEC East this season (remember, Tennessee has a head-to-head tiebreaker against the Bulldogs). Knowing there is little time to waste now, Georgia head coach Mark Richt says Greyson Lambert will get the start at quarterback today against Kentucky, but others should be expected to see some playing time as well.

This season, the transfer from Virginia has completed 64.1 percent of his pass attempts for 1,276 yards and nine touchdowns, with two interceptions thrown. In Lambert’s last start, against Missouri, he completed 71.9 percent of his passes for 178 yards, but the Bulldogs managed to score juts nine points in a tight 9-6 victory.

Lambert had been Georgia’s starter for the first seven games of the season, but he was replaced in the starting lineup by Faton Bauta last week in Jacksonville against the Florida Gators. Bauta completed 15 of his 33 pass attempts for 154 yards and he was picked off four times in the 27-3 loss.