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UGA Football Preseason: Faton Bauta's 'Franklin' Impersonation Proves Early Shot At Missouri

While the Georgia Bulldogs were prepping for their season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 1 in the team's annual "practice game" on Thursday, some early trash talk may have been sent the way of the Missouri Tigers, who the Bulldogs wont face until Sept. 8, but may be getting a bit more attention than the distance suggests.

Freshman Faton Bauta was installed Thursday at quarterback on the "practice game" team for "Buffalo," but when asked what Bauta's role was, Georgia coach Mark Richt told The Telegraph that Bauta was quite proficient at impersonating Missouri's quarterback instead.

"Faton is really good at simulating [Missouri quarterback James] Franklin," Richt told The Telegraph.

Bauta is expected to redshirt this season, according to the Telegraph, but his role prepping the defense for Missouri's offensive attack was appreciated on Thursday.

Missouri's spread offensive attack led by the dual-threat quarterback Franklin is more well suited to the quarterback Bauta, who was standing behind center during the practice game.

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