Report: Faton Bauta to start at QB for Georgia vs. Florida

Dr. Saturday

Is Georgia going with its preseason No. 3 quarterback against Florida?

According to, Faton Bauta will start for the Bulldogs against the Gators. Bauta began the season behind Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey on the Georgia depth chart.

Lambert has been Georgia's starting quarterback for the entire 2015 season. Ramsey has also gotten playing time.

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Georgia coach Mark Richt said Wednesday that the first-team reps were being split in practice. After practice, tight end Jeb Blazevich had this to say via

"I don't know how much I'm allowed to say, but they (coaches) are looking to put pressure on guys like that," Blazevich said. "But I'll just leave it at that. I don't want to get in trouble."

Why would Bauta start for Georgia? We'll let explain:

It's believed Bauta will enable Georgia to run more read option, much like Tennessee was able to do with its quarterback Joshua Dobbs, who rushed for 136 yards in the Vols' one-point loss to the Gators earlier this year.

Bauta could also allow the Bulldog to perhaps to employ more option-type runs with Sony Michel, and perhaps Isaiah McKenzie who is coming back from the hamstring injury that has caused him to miss the past four games.

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Lambert set an NCAA record for completion percentage against South Carolina (24-25 for 330 yards and three touchdowns) in the third game of the season. Since then he hasn't been spectacular. He was 10-24 for 86 yards and an interception against Alabama and 15-32 for 279 yards and two scores against Tennessee. Both of those games were losses for Georgia.

On the season, Lambert is 100-156 for 1,276 yards and nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Ramsey is 16-26 passing for 221 yards and a touchdown and two interceptions. Bauta hasn't recorded a rush or pass attempt in 2015. He was 4-5 passing for 48 yards and had 6 carries for 16 yards in 2014.

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