ATHENS - There was finally an answer on the identity of Georgia’s No. 2 quarterback.
But only for one week, according to head coach Mark Richt.
Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta have been in competition for the top backup role since the beginning of spring practice, and the coaches have yet to divulge whether either was in the lead. There was finally the chance on Saturday, as Georgia ran away from Troy, as Ramsey trotted into the game late in the first half. After the game Richt admitted that Ramsey was the No. 2, adding: “It was this week. I don’t know if you can put too much on that.”
Bauta also got in the game later, and both did well, playing to their strengths:
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Ramsey, who may have the strongest arm at Georgia since Matt Stafford, was 4-for-8 for 66 yards and a touchdown. Bauta, the more mobile threat, rushed for two touchdowns.
Richt said Ramsey made some good and bad throws on Saturday, with even the touchdown pass being a questionable decision. But lucky, as it turned out.
“I thought I did pretty well,” Ramsey said. “A little antsy at the beginning then calmed down.”
Bauta was basically running the Wildcat formation, according to Richt, with the option to pass that Sony Michel didn’t have when he ran it. But Bauta also completed two of three passes for 17 yards.
“Faton has a pretty good arm too,” Ramsey said.
Terry’s (different) number is called
Tramel Terry had a surprise waiting for him when he arrived at his locker Saturday morning: A new number. He was switched from No. 1 to No. 28, for reasons he wasn’t sure.
“I was kind of upset about it earlier, but I got over it after the first kickoff,” Terry said. “That’s why I didn’t play the first half, I had an attitude. That was childish on my part. But coach Pruitt said, ‘You make the number, don’t let the number make you.’ That’s what I tried to do.”
The result was his first action as a college player, along with his first big moment.
Terry’s interception in the end zone early in the third quarter preserved the shutout for Georgia. It harkened back to his days as a receiver, the position he signed to play at Georgia before he was moved to safety late last year.
“I wish I could have stayed in bounds, because I would have tried to take it to the house,” Terry said. “So I got my moves back. I’m just glad I made the play. I feel like as soon as I got the catch I got all my confidence back. It was an amazing feeling.”
Swann sits as precaution
Senior cornerback Damian Swann had started 29 straight games, a streak that was snapped on Saturday.
In fact Swann didn’t play at all, because of a minor head injury incurred in pass drills, according to Richt.
“It was considered a contact headache and not a concussion,” Richt said. “We didn’t want to take any chances. It was not considered a concussion, but it was a headache that lingered a little longer than normal and so we didn’t play him.”
Green’s ejection for targeting
Sophomore J.J. Green finally got his chance to play defense, and it lasted all of one play on Saturday.
Green, entering on the opening drive of the game, was called for targeting when he leveled a Troy receiver near the sideline. The penalty was upheld on review, leading to his ejection.
Green ran towards the locker room, waving at the crowd, which cheered him on.
But Richt said it appeared to be the correct call.
“There’s a good case to call it there, and I do think he had part of his shoulder there and all that, bu the helmets did hit,” Richt said. “The biggest issue in my opinion is we didn’t try to wrap (up the receiver). I think if you make that same hit and you wrap up that doesn’t look like you’re launching. It looked enough like a launch. I don’t have a big beef with that one.”
A game of debuts
There were nine different Bulldogs who made their college debut on Saturday.
Two were true freshmen: Receiver Shakenneth Williams (who had a 35-yard catch) and cornerback and Shaq Jones. Veteran walk-ons Tristan Askew and A.J. McDonald also saw their first action.
The rest were redshirt freshman: Ramsey, Terry, safety Reggie Wilkerson, outside linebacker Davin Bellamy and tight end Jordan Davis.
Bellamy probably would have played during the first two games, but was suspended because of his offseason DUI arrest. He ended up tied for second with four tackles, including a tackle-for-loss.