Former UGA quarterback Faton Bauta left the Bulldogs at the conclusion of last season after throwing just 38 passes in three years with the team. The graduate transfer landed at Colorado State where former UGA offensive coordinator Mike Bobo is the coach.
Despite his short time with the team, Bauta exited the Rams’ spring game last Saturday as the co-leader for the starting job with junior Nick Stevens. Stevens started last season, but Bauta outperformed him in the spring game, completing 16-of-29 pass attempts for 203 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
“That was a big step for me,” Bauta told the Reporter Herald‘s Mike Brohard. “I think I took that step, but it’s all a work in progress. An offense is very rubbery. It’s kind of like what you put into it is what you get out of it, especially this system. The more you work with it, the easier it’s going to become.”
Thirty-three of Bauta’s 38 career passes with the Bulldogs came in an embarrassing 27-3 defeat last season at the hands of rival Florida, a game Georgia fans likely want to forget. It was Bauta’s only start of his career, as he finished 15 of 33 for 154 passing yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions.
Now on the other side of the country, Bauta is trying to redeem his college career with the man who originally recruited him. Bobo thinks his team will improve in his second year at the helm after a 7-6 finish in his inaugural season.
“Overall, I thought it was a really good spring,” Bobo said. “I thought we got better every day individually, I thought we got better as a football team — offensively, defensively and good work in the special teams.”