Faton Bauta to transfer from Georgia

Faton Bauta is transferring from Georgia.

The school announced the quarterback's departure in a Friday on release. Bauta started for the Bulldogs against Florida in 2015.

"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. I cannot thank Coach Richt, my coaches and my teammates enough for all they have done for me," Bauta said in a statement. "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 [Mark] Richt and the coach he has been to me."

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Bauta is a graduate transfer and would be eligible to play immediately. He won't be available for Georgia's bowl game. Richt was announced as the new coach at Miami on Friday.

The start he had against Florida did not go well. And that's being nice. He was 15-33 passing for 154 yards and four interceptions. He also had three carries for four yards. Georgia lost to the Gators 27-3.

It was Bauta's only start – and only time he recorded a statistic – in 2015. He was primarily Georgia's third string quarterback and the decision to start him in the Florida game seemed perplexing at the time. It was even more perplexing as the game went on and the Georgia staff stuck with him.

Backup quarterback Brice Ramsey was the team's punter during the game and starting quarterback Greyson Lambert didn't play.

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