ATHENS, Ga. — University of Georgia quarterback Faton Bauta has decided to transfer to another institution and will not play in the Bulldogs’ upcoming bowl game.

Bauta, a 6-3, 215-pound graduate student who has junior eligibility athletically, graduated with a degree in Sport Management in May 2015. Because he is now a graduate student, Bauta will be able to transfer to any school and be available to play immediately without sitting out a year.

“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.  “I cannot thank Coach 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. But I will always be thankful for my years in red and black, for Coach Richt and the coach he has been to me.”

Bauta has played in all 12 games this year, primarily as the holder on special teams. He started at quarterback against No. 11 Florida and finished 15-for-33 for 154 yards and four interceptions. Bauta also had three rushes for four yards against the Gators.

For his career, Bauta finished 19-for-38 for 202 yards passing. On the ground, he had 13 carries for 50 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bulldogs (9-3) will learn their bowl destination on Sunday following this Saturday’s games.