Huston Mason (Sr), Faton Bauta (So), Brice Ramsey (rsFR), Jacob Park (Fr)
Park, who is already enrolled and taking classes this spring, comes from Stratford High School in Goose Creek, SC, and enrolled early with a bit of an eye towards winning the starting job next fall. Of course, that was back when we felt there wouldn't be anyone with starting experience returning, and a late season injury to Aaron Murray changed that.
Mason, out of Lassiter High School in Marietta, now has 2 starts under his belt having taken over against Kentucky and finished out the season with a win over Georgia Tech and the disappointing Gator Bowl vs. Nebraska. Combine those 3 games, with his work against Appalachian St, and the rising senior finished with 968 yards passing, 5 TDs and 3 interceptions as well as a 60.9% completion rate (67 of 110).
His performance in those games, and a mid career redshirt in 2012 makes most think the job is all but Mason's to lose in 2014, and they're probably right. As a senior, he knows the offense comfortably and completely. Mason has shown a desire to pick up the pace, but we'll likely never go full speed no-huddle like Auburn, Clemson, and Oregon, among others do it. He showed an accurate arm, ease in making his progressions, and the command of the huddle we could use replacing arguably the best QB we've ever had in Athens. But his arm strength led to some doubters, and Mason has stout competition for the role from the other 3 scholarshipped signal callers.
Those 3, Bauta, Ramsey, and Park, are no slouches. Originally out of Brooklyn before finishing his high school career in Florida, the thickly built Bauta is probably the most mobile of the four QBs, and emerged last season as the clear #3 behind Murray and Mason, taking snaps vs. App St, Kentucky, and Nebraska. It's his mobility and experience that gives him a leg up on the promising freshman.
Brice Ramsey enrolled early last year, having gathered a big reputation on the summer circuit and forcing a strong running, wing T attack at Camden County to air it out more than legendary coach Jeff Herron usually wanted. Ramsey's size, as well as his arm strength and accuracy, has led some (myself included) to assume he poses a strong challenge to Mason for the starting job, and could well get the majority of snaps in 2014 and going forward.
So while the senior certainly looks poised to lead the Dawgs in 2014, there will be competition for the job throughout the spring and summer. Who do you expect to start for Mark Richt this fall?