ATHENS — If what Mark Richt said on Wednesday’s SEC coaches’ teleconference call is to be believed at face value, then that whole Faton Bauta thing Georgia pulled against Florida was an experiment to see if anybody could keep a secret.
Richt was asked just one question during his allotted 10-minute window on the weekly call and it was about whether the Bulldogs had settled yet on a starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against Kentucky. He said that Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey are “repping most” with the No. 1 offense. He said that Bauta, who started against the Gators’ last week, “has gotten some work as well. We haven’t ruled that out.”
Then he offered this intriguing aside without prompting:
“Part of last week (here he pauses to laugh) was just the fact that some of the guys, I was just curious, if there was any secrets anymore, you know? And guys, somehow things always slip out through social media or whatever it is. So I was just curious if everybody could keep it under their hat.”
They couldn’t. News of Bauta starting began eking out early in the week and fully broke Thursday night before the Saturday game.
In any case, Richt’s assertion on Wednesday was that Bauta, who threw four interceptions and no touchdowns in last Saturday’s 27-3 loss, is once again relegated to third team. He said “more than likely” the Bulldogs would announce a starter before the noon game against the Wildcats (SEC Network).
“When you’re talking between Greyson and Brice, I don’t think there’s a big difference,” he said of the two quarterbacks. “Quite frankly, even with Faton it wasn’t like there was going to be a huge game-plan change and shift and all that kind of thing.”
For what it’s worth, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said earlier on the call he expected Georgia “to go back to Lambert.”
Richt then talked proudly about how Ramsey taking over as the punter went “under the radar” before the Florida game. The junior quarterback handled all the punting duties against the Gators, averaging 43.4 yards on five punts.
“Whether that was a big deal or not, I don’t know,” he said. “We weren’t necessarily trying to hide it. But he’s left-footed and that might have made some kind of structural change if everybody had known you’ve got a left-footed punter.”
Richt also offered in his opening remarks that the Bulldogs have had a good week of practice even though it has been conducted mostly in the rain.
“We’ve had a great couple of days of practice so far in preparation for Kentucky,” he said. “A little wet, but we’re probably going to get wet Saturday so it’s probably a good thing that we’re working out in the mist and getting used to handling a wet ball. I think the guys have really stepped it up.”