Sources tell gridironnow.com that Bulldogs junior Faton Bauta, who has been the third-stringer for much of the season, will start against the Gators in a game that seems likely to determine the SEC East title. Greyson Lambert had started Georgia’s first seven games.
Lambert has struggled in the month of October. He bombed against Alabama, didn't complete even half his passes against Tennessee, and failed to lead a touchdown drive against Missouri. His backup has been Brice Ramsey, but Ramsey has not fared even as well as Lambert has in his limited duty this season.
All throughout the spring and summer, Mark Richt said that Bauta was neck-and-neck with Ramsey in the quarterback race. Lambert's arrival ended up pushing him down to third string, but he at least does have a different skill set than the other two signal callers do. While Lambert and Ramsey are strong armed pocket passers, Bauta's strength comes from his ability to scramble and run rather than throw lasers.
It is unclear whether is a panic move or one that will spark a struggling offense. While it's commendable that Richt and Brian Schottenheimer aren't simply doing the thing that hasn't worked well again, Bauta also was unable to beat out either Lambert or Ramsey in practice until now.