What’s intriguing to me about the contest to see who becomes Georgia’s next starting quarterback is the mental approach taken by the three candidates. They really couldn’t be more different.
Park is confident, almost to the point of being devil-may-care about it.
“People tend to follow people that get excited and want to play. I just came to scout team and told them, ‘We’re playing back-yard football, why not have fun over here?’ ” Park said. “So we came out every day and had fun.”
Park, who moved to South Carolina in middle school, brought his fun attitude to the media room earlier this week.
“I don’t think anybody talks about the competition but you guys,” Park said Tuesday, during a media session in which the 20-year-old also referred to a 38-year-old reporter as “bro.”
Ramsey feels the pressure of being the anointed leader, whether he is or not at this point.
“Obviously I know I’ve got two or three other guys gunning for my position,” Ramsey said. “Everybody’s trying to get it. You’ve just gotta come to work every day, you’ve just gotta prepare, and just try to win the day.”
And Bauta? Perhaps he’s the most interesting, because he’s the philosophical one.
Bauta was asked this week how he keeps from letting the competition consume him. He took a deep breath.
“The way I go about it personally is understanding that this job is not for everybody, and this kind of job that we have open here, a quarterback’s job disturbs his mind, body and soul and disturbs his peace all the time. And how you handle that is up to the quarterback as an individual,” he said. “So I don’t care who you are, this is your life, this is what you do. If you want to live the quarterback life then you’ll live the quarterback life.
“It keeps you uneasy at all times. If you show it, I don’t think it’s good for you. But the guys who don’t show it, more power to you.”
I don’t know who eventually comes out ahead. I don’t even have a personal favorite at this point. But whoever it winds up being, I hope a little of Bauta’s uneasiness rubs off on him. Because I think that’ll help keep the winner grounded in the job.