Mark Richt has admitted that using Logan Gray on special teams last year slowed his development as a quarterback. After spring practice, Gray is the leading candidate to be Joe Cox’s backup, and Richt has said that his staff might prepare a special package of plays to take advantage of Gray’s running ability at quarterback (which would fit in with No. 7 on my list yesterday of things I’d like to see this season: Gray inserted some of the time in the Red Zone).
But the coach apparently can’t quite let go of the idea that he needs to get Gray on the field even if he’s not behind center. Richt is quoted in the Athens Banner-Herald as saying, “We also think Logan is athlete enough to play a little bit of receiver, too, so that’s a possibility.”
As long as this doesn’t take away from Gray’s needed reps at quarterback in practice (and getting him some real game experience), it sounds like an intriguing idea. Sort of a Hines Ward type role. And who knows, if Aaron Murray comes on strong and challenges Gray for the backup spot this season, receiver might be Gray’s best shot at playing in the long run.
What do you think? Should Richt try to get Gray on the field, wherever, or should they just concentrate on developing Gray at QB?
Bulldog Bites: Sportsillustrated.com has come up with its post-spring practice Top 25, which makes about as much sense as any other pre-season ranking. They have the Florida Gators at No. 1, followed in the Top 10 by Texas, Oklahoma, USC, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State (UGA’s opener), Ole Miss (apparently a rising media darling), Oregon, Ohio State and Alabama. Then TCU, Boise State and LSU. The Dogs are ranked 15th, one spot behind the Trade School. Encouraging summary, though: “After a year marred by season-ending injuries to key players (DT Jeff Owens, OT Trinton Sturdivant, among many others), the Bulldogs could be much better than expected in 2009.” You can check out the listing here. …
After stumbling in another midweek game against Jacksonville State, the Diamond Dogs are beginning to look like they might have peaked too early this season. But they still lead Florida by a game in the SEC East and face the Gators in a sold-out three-game series in Athens beginning Friday night. The mandate from coach David Perno is clear: “There is an urgency to win this weekend.”