I get a chuckle from those of you who think you have some insight into how the quarterback battle is unfolding, based on what you’ve “heard”. Let me give you an example of why I’m amused.
Here’s Logan Booker’s take on Faton Bauta from today’s practice:
If you’ve been reading my practice reports, you’ll like I’m being paid by the Bauta family to lobby for quarterback Faton Bauta to start. Today was no exception, as he continued to look like the best quarterback on the field. Particularly, on a rollout play, Bauta had two options downfield running right with him, and he threw to the deep option (20 yards or so) downfield on the run. He hit his receiver, freshman Shaquery Wilson, right in his extended hands with maybe a toe left in-bounds – a spot where only his receiver could have caught the ball. It was perhaps the most impressive throw I’ve seen from any quarterback this camp.
Speaking of me saying Bauta has looked the best, I am not the only one. While watching drills today, I was talking with two other very well known beat writers about the topic, and they both agree with me that in terms of hustle, work and doing the small things to keep a team from getting in trouble, Bauta has so far been the guy. So I am not crazy…. I don’t think.
Wow. Stop the fight now and give Bauta the rest of August’s reps. Boys, we gots us a quarterback!
Er, not so fast, according to Seth Emerson.
Throwing with wet footballs, Lambert and Ramsey had some good spirals, but Bauta struggled. It was a small sample size, and weather-induced, but it was what the media was allowed to see, so there you go.
Okay now, wait… that’s a tie. Surely
Marc Weiszer Connor Riley must have seen what got Booker so excited, right? Um, no.
Greyson Lambert took first team reps and looked pretty sharp as he made several impressive throws. Faton Bauta, who was with the twos today, struggled to generate any velocity on his throws. The ball took considerably longer to get the receiver as it was coming out of Bauta’s hand.
So much for an end to that.
My point with this isn’t to pick on Bauta or Booker. It’s that those of you who think you know something are merely hearing what you want to hear.