The quarterback who started for the Bulldogs on the team’s last trip there on Oct. 31 is back together with Mike Bobo.
Faton Bauta is transferring to Colorado State to play for the former Bulldogs offensive coordinator. Former Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend is Bobo’s offensive coordinator.
“For coach Bobo and coach Friend to get a guy like that, that’s exciting,” said senior Nathan Theus, who snapped to Bauta on field goals and extra points. “I’m going to be cheering on Faton out there at Colorado State. I’ve always been a fan of Coach Bobo and Coach Friend as well. I’m happy they’re all out there together.”
Bobo is wrapping up his first season as Colorado State head coach in the Arizona Bowl against Nevada.
“He was a great coach to me; he was always a great coach to my teammates at Georgia, and we all respected and liked him," Bauta told the Loveland (Colo.) Reporter-Herald.
Bauta will be immediately eligible to play in 2016 as a graduate transfer. He earned his degree in sports management in May. In his only college start, Bauta was 15 of 33 for 154 yards and four interceptions in the 27-3 loss to Florida.
"Sometimes change is inevitable, and I felt I had to make a change in my life for my career," Bauta said. "It's exciting to go meet people on a new team. I kind of feel like a freshman again, and I feel younger than I am actually in college years. I'm excited. There's nothing like having great people and a great team to be around, and that's why I chose Colorado State."
Bowl practices among 'most competitive'
Georgia hasn’t let up in bowl practices with a skeleton staff after head coach Mark Richt, coordinators Brian Schottenheimer and Jeremy Pruitt and inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler departed, according to nose guard Chris Mayes.
“These have probably been some of the most competitive practices this year I feel,” he said. “Everybody is playing with a lot of energy. Guys are jumping around and competing at a high level each day. The offense and defense are constantly going at it. I feel like it’s definitely the highest energy we’ve had all year.”
Added fullback Christian Payne: “It’s definitely competing. I would say it’s more of a camp-style practice. …We’re trying to get better by competing a lot of good on good, even getting back to fundamentals. We’ve also been getting ready for Penn State in there as well.”
This and that
Unlike practices Wednesday through Friday, new Georgia offensive assistant coaches Jim Chaney and Sam Pittman were not at practice on Saturday. …Theus said Collin Barber and Thomas Pritchard have worked as holders in place of Bauta with Barber getting most of the work. …Mayes on defensive line coach Tracy Rocker at practice with his future at Georgia uncertain: “Nothing’s changed. More running, more drills.”