An intriguing spring storyline for Georgia has picked up this preseason where it left off.
Who will be the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Hutson Mason?
The question hasn‚Äôt been answered, at least publicly yet, by coaches.
Redshirt sophomore Faton Bauta and redshirt freshman Brice Ramsey get another chance to prove their worth for the job late Saturday afternoon when the Bulldogs hold their first August scrimmage at Sanford Stadium.
‚ÄúEvery day I‚Äôm out there, I‚Äôm the No. 1 guy,‚Äù Bauta said. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs my mindset. I‚Äôm out there to compete and get this offense going. That‚Äôs it.‚Äù
Neither Bauta nor Ramsey created separation this spring and they entered the preseason considered co-No. 2s.
‚ÄúI see them all going hard,‚Äù outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. ‚ÄúThey never take any play off.‚Äù
Ramsey had the statistical edge during spring scrimmages, but Bauta had his best practice of the spring on G-Day when he threw for 232 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 35.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre rotating every day, working hard and I have no idea,‚Äù Ramsey said of the battle for the No. 2 spot.
Coach Mark Richt said Friday: ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know if No. 2 is established right this minute.‚Äù
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said all four of his scholarship quarterbacks have improved from the spring, with early enrollee Jacob Park, who is expected to redshirt, showing the biggest improvement mentally.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve been pleased with Brice,‚Äù Bobo said early this week .‚ÄùHe‚Äôs been throwing the ball extremely well. Faton has a great command of the offense as well as Hutson.‚Äù
The 6-foot-3, 216-pound Ramsey is pleased with his progress, but is aiming for more consistency on a daily basis.
He said he‚Äôs more comfortable than he was in the spring and last fall.
‚ÄúI feel like it‚Äôs a day-to-day thing,‚Äù Rasmey said. ‚ÄúOne day I can be solid. A throw I might make yesterday I might not make the next day and I feel like that‚Äôs what he‚Äôs harping on just being consistent. Just getting my arm in the right slot, getting my elbow above my heart. Just the little things.‚Äù
Bobo, who coaches the quarterbacks, has different styles of quarterbacks to choose from for his top backup.
‚ÄúWhen Faton is back there, I know we‚Äôve got to watch our rushing lanes‚Äù Jenkins said. ‚Äúbecause Faton is going to take off and try and run somebody over. That‚Äôs his play style. He‚Äôs going to hit you in the mouth and run out and make a play on the stretch if he‚Äôs got to. Each quarterback is going to have their different play styles. Brice likes to sit in the pocket to me, and he‚Äôs kind of confident in what he does. And I feel like Jacob and Faton are both guys that like to sprint out a little bit.‚Äù
Bauta‚Äôs athleticism is something he‚Äôs wanted to show off during scrimmages.
The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder went ‚Äúlive‚Äù this spring in them instead of being off limits for hits like quarterbacks usually are.
He planned to ask coaches to let him do that again.
Richt said scrimmages help in making a determination of the quarterback pecking order to an extent.
‚ÄúIt comes down to when we start installing for Clemson, where we think we are,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúIt might be tight enough where it could be a week to week discussion. ‚Ä¶I‚Äôd have a hard time making that decision right now.‚Äù