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Georgia to Start Third-String QB Faton Bauta vs Florida

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It’s being reported that the Georgia Bulldogs will head into their huge Week 9 clash against rival Florida (ranked No. 11 in the country) with junior Faton Bauta as the starting quarterback.

Bauta is the now former third string quarterback, and will be making his first career start this Saturday in what’s expected to be an extremely important game for the Bulldogs.

Mike Huguenin of Gridiron Now first reported the news, passing on that head coach Mark Richt had mentioned earlier in the week that he was planning on playing more than one quarterback. Huguenin also broke down a bit of what Bauta will be bringing to the table for the Bulldogs:

“His running ability is his biggest selling point, and he gives Georgia the ability to run the read-option. Florida had trouble with Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs, who rushed for 136 yards in the Vols’ 28-27 loss to the Gators. With Dobbs, there was the threat of the pass. Can Bauta provide that, too?”

Notably, Bauta is starting over Greyson Lambert, who has started the first seven games for the Bulldogs. So far, Lambert has thrown for 1,276 yards, nine touchdowns and just two interceptions, but Georgia is only 5-2 (3-2 in conference) heading into this pivotal matchup.

Per Huguenin, Bauta is a fourth year junior who has graduated. He’s played in six total games during his Georgia career, completing 8-of-10 passes for 48 total yards. He’s also rushed for 10 times for 46 yards and two touchdowns.

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