Bauta, a redshirt junior who has already earned a degree in Sport Management from Georgia, made his only appearance of the season in a start against the Florida Gators.
In the 27–3 loss on Oct. 31, Bauta finished 15 of 33 passing for 154 yards, no touchdowns and four interceptions. Bauta served as the holder on field goals and extra points in every game this season.
“In my four years at Georgia, this university and this football program have allowed me to grow as a man and as a football player,” Bauta said in a statement. “I cannot thank Coach (Mark) Richt, my coaches and my teammates enough for all they have done for me. I will always be grateful for my time in Athens, my degree from this great university and each week I spent battling with my brothers on the field.”
“At this time, I feel that the best option for me is to explore a new opportunity for my final year of eligibility,” Bauta said. “But I will always be thankful for my years in red and black, for Coach Richt and the coach he has been to me.”