Faton Bauta: On the Record

ATHENS - QB Faton Bauta speaks with media following Georgia's spring football practice on Tuesday.

Q: Is this spring different for you because you’re Georgia’s oldest quarterback now?

A: I guess it’s just the way it works. It’s a cycle. Sitting in there, do I act like I’m the oldest one? Not really, because I’m sitting there (and) I’m learning a new offense just like everyone else. I don’t think it matters at that point. If coach (Mike) Bobo were here it would probably be a little bit different because I was with him the whole time. I haven’t really looked at it that way. I just look at it as I’m a freshman learning a whole new playbook and that’s pretty much how I’m approaching it.

Q: How much has learning a new offense leveled the playing field for the starting QB competition?

A: I guess it has to an extent. In the end I guess the best guy’s going to play. I haven’t really looked at in that sense, but yeah, it has because we’re all starting from zero. It’s not like one of us knows the playbook more than the other. We all still help each other and teach each other things we don’t know.

We’ve got to make sure we don’t get away from that and try to separate ourselves in that sense because we all learn from each other and I think that’s the best way to do it.

Q: Has Brian Schottenheimer preserved as much terminology as he said he would in his introductory press conference?

A: I think he definitely took a different turn on that one, which honestly I think is better for everybody. It’s a new offensive coordinator and a fresh start so I think a start from zero for everybody is important because then you get to learn more of the fundamentals than maybe you would have focused on back in the day because when you’re so deep into an offense like we were with coach Bobo, we focused on so many things other than fundamentals sometime because everyone knew the playbook because it’s been here for so long.

Q: Did you welcome a fresh start?

A: I guess. My approach hasn’t changed at all since I’ve gotten here. I’m still chomping away at it.


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