Dogs’ backup QB doubling at receiver?

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.”

166 comments Add your comment

theTruth

April 30th, 2009
10:01 am

“There is an urgency to win this weekend.” Ya think?

dawgbone

April 30th, 2009
10:20 am

if cox doent light it up next fsll, gray will be behind center anyway, last fall he moved up behind stafford at one point.

WTF???

April 30th, 2009
10:23 am

Maybe Tebow will come to the ball game & somebody will pull one foul & knock his teeth out.

Todd

April 30th, 2009
10:29 am

Wow Bill, Logan Gray at wideout, in the slot on the goal line, what an advantage we have in the SEC. What a freak of an athlete, Logan Gray.
With Logan Gray, we have a weapon that will finally have us sweep the East and get in the title game w/o some help.
Man, we’re on our way in Athens.

Smyrnadude

April 30th, 2009
10:35 am

Todd, a bit sarcastic?

WalkerMuhDawg

April 30th, 2009
10:39 am

USC loses half their starters to the NFL, so how are they rated #5? Answer: media-love, man. Pure media-love!

Dave In Tampa

April 30th, 2009
10:41 am

I have yet to see Logan. What’s the census with you Dawg folks? Should he be starting over Cox? I heard that Logan looks better. I’d like to hear some feedback. Thanks.

Dorsey Hill

April 30th, 2009
10:44 am

What this may be about, especially if we sign a top-qb this year, is that Richt sees Aaron Murray as being the guy in 2010, so we might as well try to find Gray a role. He may see Aaron backing up Cox this year as well. Whether that is CMR’s thinking or not I do think that Murray beats out Gray next spring.

Blindog

April 30th, 2009
10:45 am

Starting the season playing a top ten team, on the road, will tell us a lot about the Dawgs. Having Joe Cox and Logan Grey on the field together in the redzone sounds exciting as hell and I bet strikes fear in the teams we will play.Great job Bill, keep it up.

1eyedJack

April 30th, 2009
10:53 am

Let’s just put the best 11 on the field that gives us a chance to score. If Logan is one of those he should get his chance to compete whether it is as a QB, WR, Punt returner, wildhog, third down specialist or redzone specialist.

JB

April 30th, 2009
11:00 am

Something about this does not smell right. All we hear out of Athens is what a great athlete Logan is and we’ve got to get him on the field. He looked pretty dang good in the spring game. I say Richt made his mind up about Cox JUST BECAUSE HE’S A SENIOR. aka Joe T III. Will the Dawgs have the best QB staring this year ?

TopDawg

April 30th, 2009
11:01 am

I think Logan Gray is the best qb we have on the team! So not only should he NOT b at wideout, I fully believe by the 4th or 5th game he’ll be the starter anyway. I do like Cox’s leadership, and there’s not doubt about his loyalty but at some point talent has GOT to win out! I’m not there everyday like those coaches are, and clearly they’ve forgotten more than I’ll ever know about the sport of football but as a open mided college football fan Logan Gray was the best qb on the field at the G-Day game. That was ’nuff said n my book, Gray’s the top dawg until somebody can unseat him.

richtfan

April 30th, 2009
11:03 am

score early and score often. i think logan is too good of an athlete to be left out of the offensive equation somewhere. I don’t know if that’ll included more snaps at qb or elsewhere, but the guy can play football. just gotta make sure he’s not riding the bench waiting on joe cox to get injured or screw up.

LSU

April 30th, 2009
11:04 am

Your baseball team peaked WAY TOO EARLY!!!

Frank Lane

April 30th, 2009
11:07 am

I think Logan Grey is a Tebow type athlete with a better arm. I would use him in spread formations inside the red zone as well as at receiver. I still remember Hines Ward and how he could do a little of anything. And look how he turned out in the NFL.

Andrew Miller

April 30th, 2009
11:08 am

Dave in Tampa, Here is a blog I wrote about Logan Gray prior to spring practice: http://www.bulldawgillustrated.com/blog/213/Logan-Gray-and-the-WildDawg-formation

Bill, good blog topic. Your comparison to Hines Ward is fun to think about.

1eyedJack

April 30th, 2009
11:12 am

I too liked Logan better than Cox in the spring game, but let’s remember that it was the “spring game”. We don’t know what the coaches’ agenda was for that game. Did they call the better plays for Logan? Did they want to get a look at Logan or Cox in certain formations or with certain personnel groupings? Did they hold Cox back so as not to show their hand? I don’t think we can take too much from the results of that game.

Dannyboy

April 30th, 2009
11:16 am

WalkerMuhDawg….USC is ranked high every year because they have proven time and time again that when their stars leave, they have 3 other stars to take their place and the coaches to take advantage of that talent. That’s why UGA is ranked #15 even though they’ve lost their starting QB and starting RB in the 1st round of the NFL draft and had a bunch of others drafted. Programs like USC, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, and to a certain extent UGA (and I’m saying this as a GaTech fan) remind me of a shark’s mouth. They may lose a tooth, but there’s another row of sharp ones to take its place.

murfdawg

April 30th, 2009
11:16 am

Gray was one of the top five qbs coming out of high school. He has paid his dues and deserves a chance to play qb. In the red zone or what ever you want to call it now, I think he gives us more options than Cox.Of course, I would put Munz,Chapas and two tight ends in, and dare anybody to stop us.

My big question is, will the team rally behind Cox or will they wait for one of the new guys(Gray or Murray) to take control. Some of you think this season will be like Shockley taking over and some think it will be like Tereshinski.Bill, give us some insight.

uga_b

April 30th, 2009
11:20 am

I would like some of our WR to double as receivers. Logan will play because he is too talented not too. It just won’t be as starting QB this year.

Johnny DangerDawg

April 30th, 2009
11:22 am

Houston Nutt walked into a good situation; he arrived just as Orgeron’s recruits were ready to blossom. Their record was not a fluke, and they can be a good team this year. However, all these “experts” are looking at how much improvement Ole Miss showed between 2007 and 2008, and they’re expecting the momentum to carry into this year. In reality, I don’t see why Ole Miss should show more improvement this year than half of the other SEC teams.

Cuz

April 30th, 2009
11:23 am

Could be a Jeff Pyburn-Buck Belue duel in the making.

navairmike

April 30th, 2009
11:23 am

Gray on the field other than at quarterback? I will believe it when I see it. After all, CMR had another “all world” player and he only allowed him to play at the quarterback position, when this player most likely could have played well at any of the offensive skill positions. That player was DJ Shockley. What a waste of an outstanding college football player.

Otto

April 30th, 2009
11:28 am

Gray has been looking very good. IMO he should be the starter in ‘10 and Murray should be redshirted. I am not yet sold on Murray he strikes me as one of the many FSU QBs that were highly hyped, coaches think can do it but never lives up to it. Hopefully I am wrong. Gray is a team player and should have every shot of being the starting QB. You could do some really interesting trick plaays with him as a WR and you could take Durham’s roll as long as it does not eat into his development as QB.

Otto

April 30th, 2009
11:31 am

Mike, I think CMR may feel bad for how little Shockley was on the field. Thus Gray getting to play special teams and now maybe other things.

Fools Gold

April 30th, 2009
11:39 am

I believe Mr. David Perno needs to embrace that overrated Fools Gold baseball team! Mark Richt needs to grow a pair to keep up with the Meyers, Sabans and Miles of the football world. If not. it just another year of disillusioned mumbo jumbo for dawgie nation.

big dawg

April 30th, 2009
11:45 am

cox is and will be the guy in 09. gray will be the back-up, but with a little shortage at WR with durham going down, he may get a look. don’t forget about mettenberger. he’s a really good qb. murray has one glaring downside, he’s too short. listed at 6-1,but actually 5-11. i do agree with several of y’all, get the best 11 on the field that gives us a chance to win!!!

Herschel Talker

April 30th, 2009
11:46 am

That is a scary looking picture, Bill. You may want to consider another one. It looks like I’m looking through a walleye at you.

Voice of Reason

April 30th, 2009
11:46 am

dawgbone– just when did gray move ahead of cox last year? I have never heard such. Cox will be just fine at QB and Gray will certainly be getting snaps at both positions.

uga_b– why do you want some of our WR doubling as recievers? Isn’t that their primary job? What else would they play so as to “double” as recievers?

jeff

April 30th, 2009
11:47 am

I’m not sure what you guys saw…but I thought Logan Gray BLEW away Joe Cox…Logan should get atleast 50% of the snaps during the first game…then start soon after that…

Voice of Reason

April 30th, 2009
11:49 am

Richt has a better record than the Meyers, Sabans and Miles of the world Fool, we just havent had things fall our way to win the MNC.

The reason USC is still ranked high is because the people who rank the teams want their rankings to be similar at the end of the year as the beginning. Since USC plays a cupcake conference, the chances of them having a good record and still being ranked highly at the end o the year are good.

Alabamadawg

April 30th, 2009
11:52 am

I thought Gray, coming out of highschool would make a great receiver, but now I’m thinking we should leave him at QB and maybe use him at that position with plays designed to make the most of his many talents…

Voice of Reason

April 30th, 2009
11:53 am

It was a SPRING game. Gray made alot more good looking plays because he was in the game more and was given more opportunity. Cox ran a very vanilla offense except the flea-flicker and the HB pass to him, all of which he did very well. You guys act as if Cox was missing targets and getting sacked and dropping the snaps or something. He simply didn’t show out because he wasn’t given the opportunity. A running QB is more exciting to watch as well which only makes Gray stand out in everyone’s mind more.

Tallcarl

April 30th, 2009
12:06 pm

Bill, first of all good job as I now live in Madrid, Spain and have a dire need for college football and my beloved Dawgs. Second I understand what the coach is trying to do, I could not see the practices but CMR must honor the commitment he made to Joe Cox to give him a chance to play. If he does not do that, recruiting Blue Chip Quarterbacks when we have a very good one will become impossible. We need the Shockleys and Coxes between the Greens and Staffords.

gtforever

April 30th, 2009
12:10 pm

I look forward to the best teams Georgia has had in a long time next year. I think UGA will be much better than last years team. Hopefully, the Jackets can bring up the competition level next year…. It would be sweet if both teams arrived undefeated to do battle! Good Luck all you dawg fans….

Preston

April 30th, 2009
12:11 pm

Dave in Tampa, UGA has a very good problem to have. Too many very good qb’s. I have all the faith in the world in all of em’ but I believe Gray is a little better. The only reason Cox is no.1 right now is because he’s a senior. Richt rewards loyalty and Cox could have transferred to another big time program, but he didn’t. If he makes too many mistakes though, Gray will be the man quickly with a dose or two of Murray to get his feet wet.

billdawgdodo

April 30th, 2009
12:25 pm

Mark Richt vasselates too much….. he can not make up his mind, why would he ruin a QB playing him on special teams… same coach that redshirted K Moreno…. who only played two years at GA.. UGA can not coach up talent, much less know where to play guys… uga is number 15 team and always will be Richt will never win a NC at uga… it has been written, just by the remarks of this article …… Paul Johnson at Tech will win or play for one before Richt ever does… get use to it Dawggssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

Reebok

April 30th, 2009
12:34 pm

Tech fan here…always enjoy seeing what the loyal opposition is talking about…One man’s opinion: Logan Grey will be your starter by game 5…Joe Cox is getting the Tereshinski treatment, he’s being tapped as the starter because he’s been a good, loyal backup and it’s his turn. Grey will give your team the best chance to win, and that’s who I expect my Jackets will be facing on the Flats in November…IMHO of course as always.

Dave In Tampa

April 30th, 2009
12:40 pm

Andrew, Preston: thanks for the feedback. Good Article on Logan. From what I’m gathering it does sound that Logan would give us the best chance to open up the offense. If he can really be mentioned in the same sentence as Tebow, that’s a good thing.

I just think we are better off without Stafford & Morreno. I liked them both, but neither displayed any leadership skills. I read a post earlier that I agree with 100%. The opener in Stillwater could set the tone for the season. At worst, we win 9 games. To win more than that the focus must be there like no other year. I look forward to the season getting here. Go Dawgs!

Voice of Reason

April 30th, 2009
12:41 pm

billdawgdodo– first of all vasselates is not a word. Maybe you meant vacillates. If you are going to try and use big words, at least spell them correctly. Secondly, I have never heard of a QB being “ruined” by playing special teams for one season when he had no chance of playing QB. Also, who knows whether or not Knowshown would have been as good without that redshirt year, don’t speculate. Uga can’t coach up talent? How about coaching up the number 1 and 12 picks in this years draft. How about 10 wins seasons every year? How about top 10 rankings virtually every year under Richt? UGA is the preseason number 15 (which means nothing) and that is the first time they have been that low in years, don’t speculate and if you do, base it on facts and common sense. Richt will not win a NC at UGA because you wrote it huh? I’m sorry that I can’t put much faith in that (based on your other ignorant nonsense). If Paul Johnson plays for or wins a NC before Richt, then good for him. I highly doubt that will happen coming from an ACC team, but anything is possible so I won’t make any bold predictions. Yet, I will say that by your post it is safe to bet that you are an uneducated moron and I hope that people like yourself go the path of the last “dodo”

uuugh.

April 30th, 2009
12:41 pm

Voice of Reason is…well…the voice of reason here. If I remember correctly, the G-Day game was nationally televised. If the game plan for Cox could be considered vanilla, I was hoping for no flavor at all. Why show what you’ve got? Throw out a bunch of formations out there and let Gray run and make plays with his feet all the while letting Cox do nothing. The most exciting plays in the G-day game were Gray’s and that tiny running back running around. Hopefully not plays that other teams (who were watching) could schematically plan to defend. Were you clowns expecting the coaches to show the whole playbook, score loads of points, and ruin the defense’s shaky confidence…all to impress a could-be recruit for the 2015 class that lives in Wyoming?

I don’t care who they line up at receiver as long as they catch the balls thrown their way. That would be a nice change of pace.

vaVOLfan

April 30th, 2009
12:43 pm

This is off the topic, but I wanted to let you guys know that I watched Jordon Love run the last leg of a 4×100 relay (he goes to the same high school as my daughter). He is a big boy for DB. He didn’t appear to have superior speed but, he looks almost like a small linebacker. I think you guys got a good one. Good luck dawgs!

Voice of Reason

April 30th, 2009
12:43 pm

oh yeah, and its “get USED to it.”

HH

April 30th, 2009
12:44 pm

If Richt and/or Bozo does not give Grey an even chance this season, then, my advice to Grey would be to transfer and to not waste any more time hanging around that crowd. He probably wouldn’t learn much anyway.

Voice of Reason

April 30th, 2009
12:46 pm

uuugh– thanks! I believe, in all the time I have been posting on AJC, that is the first time I have gotten a response where someone agrees! Usually I just get the “voice of insanity” treatment. lol!

William West

April 30th, 2009
12:48 pm

I still think that Murray will be the starting QB before the season ends, he is too good to sit,and Gray will be the backup

DawginLex

April 30th, 2009
12:53 pm

Joe cox is a college QB who has backed up the #1 pick in the NFL draft for 3 years. Joe T was a fraternity QB who got to play because the other option was to play a freshman. The freshman ended up playing and ended up the #1 pick in the NFL draft.

Joe Cox went to elite QB camps.
Joe T begged to get into UGA as a legacy.
Joe Cox used to win accuracy throwing competitions at elite camps in the summer.
Joe T was deciding on walking on at UGA or going to furman.

Nothing against Joe T. I was proud of him vs Florida in 2005 when DJ got hurt. Joe Cox has more ability than Joe T.

Put Logan in wherever he fits in the offense. He is a good athlete and can help get points.

uuugh.

April 30th, 2009
12:59 pm

DawginLex…I thought that Joe T turned down a scholly to Harvard to continue a 3 generation tradition to play for the Dawgs. I agree that Cox is a better QB…but Joe T’s commitment to Georgia (along with his dad’s and his dad’s dad) and the effort he put in should have earned him at the very least a pass from a faceless $hit talker on this blog. I am glad Joe T played for the dawgs. Go easy fella.

DawginLex

April 30th, 2009
1:03 pm

Did you read my post?

“NOTHING AGAINST JOE T. I WAS PROUD OF HIM AGAINST FLORIDA IN 2005 WHEN DJ GOT HURT”

uuugh.

April 30th, 2009
1:09 pm

Sure did:

Joe Cox went to elite QB camps.
Joe T begged to get into UGA as a legacy.
Joe Cox used to win accuracy throwing competitions at elite camps in the summer.
Joe T was deciding on walking on at UGA or going to furman.

This is way overstated…and insulting to one of my all-time favorite bulldogs. He didn’t beg to get in any place. Clown.