Looking to add depth to the quarterback race in 2016, Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo announced the addition of Georgia graduate transfer Faton Bauta on Friday. Bobo made the announcement via his Twitter account.
— Coach Mike Bobo (@CoachBobo_CSU) December 19, 2015
Bauta, who was recruited to Georgia by Bobo during his time as offensive coordinator, graduates this month and will be immediately eligible for next season after four seasons in Athens. After redshirting during his first year with the program, Bauta played in six games over the next two seasons, completing four of five passes for 48 yards and rushing for 46 yards on 10 carries. In 2015, Bauta started one game, against the University of Florida and former CSU head coach Jim McElwain, but threw four interceptions in a blowout loss to the Gators.
He came to Georgia in 2012 as the 15th-rated dual-threat quarterback in the country, according to Rivals.com. Bauta held offers from Alabama, Louisville, Miami and Utah among other teams.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Bauta will join starting quarterback Nick Stevens, freshman J.C. Robles and walk-on Chandler Draschlin in the Rams’ quarterback competition this spring. CSU currently has a commitment from Spartanburg (SC) High School quarterback Collin Hill, who is able to sign his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 3. Backup quarterback Coleman Key announced this week that he will transfer after the Rams’ bowl game, leaving a spot open for Bauta.
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