Backup QBs show off future of Georgia

After the Bulldogs put up a 38-3 lead in the first half, Brice Ramsey showed a glimpse of how the Georgia offense will look post-Hutson Mason.

Coming out of the locker room, Ramsey took over as the Bulldogs signal-caller, almost immediately connecting 20 yards with freshman receiver Jeb Blazevich to start the second half.

“I just went out there with the mindset that we need to execute and just drive the ball down the field however we could, put together plays, and get some points,” Ramsey said.

A snag from senior Jonathon Rumph gave Ramsey his only touchdown for the day, but Ramsey’s 92 yards over eight passes exceed his career-high 80 yards versus Kentucky.

“I definitely feel a lot more comfortable than I did at the beginning of the season. Getting in there, in the game, is a lot different than practice,” Ramsey said.

In his largest chunk of playing time as the Bulldogs’ signal caller, Ramsey did have one blemish: his first interception.

“I probably should’ve held onto the ball a little longer and let him get out of his break,” Ramsey said.

With just over eight minutes left in the 55-9 thumping, Georgia showed off yet another signal-caller option as redshirt sophomore Faton Bauta trotted out to take the snap.

Bauta took on the Georgia rushing identity and handed the ball off generously, only throwing the ball twice for 31 yards.

Rather than sharing half of a week-thirteen FCS matchup, next year Ramsey and Bauta will compete with each other for a starting position, and senior quarterback Hutson Mason has seen strengths in both backups.

“They both can make plays. Faton, definitely with his legs, and Brice with his arm. It’s been a cool battle to watch,” Mason said.

Rumph wasn’t short on acknowledging Saturday’s late-game quarterback, saying that while most only recognize the footpower of Bauta, his arm and football IQ make him a well-rounded candidate for the position.

Though both quarterbacks have seen game time and displayed their capability to be a starting Georgia quarterback, for now, Ramsey looks to have the 2015-2016 spot on lock. And this has a lot of people curiously waiting to see if he has all the tools that his teammates and coaches have mentioned.

“The sky is the limit for Brice,” Rumph said. “He has the arm, he has the knowledge, and he has the mobility too.”


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