ATHENS - It's uncertain whether Faton Bauta will win Georgia's quarterback competition. Whatever happens, Bauta is leaving school with his degree.
Bauta is graduating this week with a degree in sports management, just three-and-a-half years after coming to campus. Bauta is entering his redshirt junior season this fall, when presumably he will be enrolled in graduate classes.
Bauta's teammates and coaches have pointed to him as a hard worker in the film room. Evidently the Brooklyn, N.Y., native has also spent a considerable amount of time in the classroom.
Four other current Georgia players are also graduating this week: Defensive lineman Sterling Bailey (history degree), receiver Justin Scott-Wesley (history), tight end Jay Rome (history) and long snapper Nate Thues (human development and family science).
Three former Georgia football players are also graduating: Tailback Danny Ware (housing), tight end Leonard Pope (housing), linebacker Mike Gilliard (communication studies) and defensive end Garrison Smith (history).
Meanwhile, two members of last season's men's basketball team are also graduating: Forwards Nemanja Djurisic (international affairs) and Cameron Forte (sociology). The team's other scholarship senior, forward Marcus Thornton, already received his degree and played last season as a graduate student.
That means that every four-year player under head coach Mark Fox has left campus with his degree.