ATHENS -- He didn't go deep, but he didn't miss much.
Junior Faton Bauta, in 10 open periods of practice in front of the local media on Tuesday, did his part to show why he should be Georgia's starting quarterback this fall. Bauta was mostly asked to make short and intermediate passes in position drills and seven-on-seven work and was on the money with most of his throws. Bauta saw quite a bit of time as Georgia's first-team quarterback, though don't read into that too much at this time. Just because he did well on day one with the ones won't mean he'll end the preseason with the ones.
Bauta is competing with redshirt sophomore Brice Ramsey and Virginia transfer Greyson Lambert for the starting quarterback job. All were able to get plenty of throws to first-team receivers. Bauta was the most accurate of the bunch but didn't throw the deep ball. Fifteen- to 20-yard outs were about as long as passes got for each quarterback. Players were also in shorts and helmets, and there was never a pass rush.
Though Bauta had the most precision, Ramsey displayed his arm strength and quick release. Ramsey did miss high on a few throws but flashed his potential at times. For Ramsey, getting the job will come down to reigning in the overthrows and fixing the accuracy issues. The talent is there. It's a matter of putting the package together.
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Lambert, however, was a distant third on the first day. He missed on a lot of throws and couldn't get into a rhythm. Keep in mind that it's the first day of practice and that this is the first time Lambert has been in a coaches-led Georgia football practice. He was sure to have timing issues as the new guy.
By no means should this be a sign Bauta has surpassed Ramsey or anything of the like. But ihis performance proves Bauta came ready to compete.
Marshall, Mitchell and Michel
Running back Keith Marshall, receiver Malcolm Mitchell and running back Sony Michel all looked healthy as advertised on the football field. Marshall wasn't wearing a brace on his knee and was moving without limitation.
Mitchell looked fast but slipped a couple of times on some routes. Perhaps some new cleats were needed.
Though it wasn't necessarily full speed, Michel showed that first-step explosiveness that made him such an intriguing recruit to begin with. If he can avoid the injury bug this year, he'll be a great compliment to Nick Chubb in the backfield.
Kublanow looks the part of a center
Prior to practice, Richt said center Brandon Kublanow has approached his new position seriously.
Listed at 6-2, 282 pounds, Kublanow looked the part of the position. He didn't have any issues snapping the ball and seemed fine at his new spot. Then again, it's early with the Bulldogs in an extremely early installation period. A lot could change once tasked with the day-to-day responsibilities at the position.
Corners and safeties everywhere
Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt wants his DBs to cross-train.
Therefore, multiple guys were playing more than one position during Tuesday's first preseason practice. Two young players that stood out were freshman early-enrollee Jarvis Wilson and freshman Juwuan Briscoe. Both showed off some athletic traits that could put them in the mix. Before practice, Pruitt said eight to 15 players will compete for playing time in the secondary.
Still, Dominick Sanders, Aaron Davis, Quincy Mauger and Malkom Parrish will be tough to unseat in the back end.
Handling the heat
At least one freshman let the heat get to him.
The temperature was in the mid-90s and some of the true freshmen may not have been ready for it. In between periods, one freshmen lineman walked briskly to the fence at Georgia's practice field to throw up.
Welcome to college football.