The Athens Banner-Herald takes a look at backup quarterback Logan Gray, who last year returned punts as a way to get on the field. If Gray locks down the No. 2 QB spot behind Joe Cox, as it currently appears he will, chances are his punt-returning days will be over. “Logan wants to play,” Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo says. “It’s still up in the air as to what might happen there. You’ve got a lot of guys like that who are competitors and they want to get on the field. But right now he’s more focused on becoming the best quarterback he can be.”
Bobo also drops another hint that Gray might get into the game in some sort of “wildcat” formation. “He’s got the ability for us to do some different things offensively,” Bobo says. “He can do some of the quarterback run stuff that you see so many teams doing now. He makes them commit an extra defender and have an extra hat to account for. Sometimes you don’t see defenses accounting for that extra hat like that.”
Meanwhile, the Macon Telegraph notes that Gray still has the edge over Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger, the two true freshmen competing with him for the No. 2 QB job.
“Until they can step into that huddle with some confidence and really convince their teammates and their coaches they’re ready, they may be still be potential guys rather than guys who are ready to move up on the chart,” Mark Richt says of the freshmen.
“That’s the biggest thing,” Murray says. “Before you can lead a team, you have to know what you’re going to do and what everyone else is doing. I feel like I know it pretty well, but I don’t know everything 100 percent. I don’t have that complete confidence to get in there. So I just need to keep studying every day and learn as much as possible, and we’ll see what happens.”
Richt has indicated there’s a possibility whoever winds up No. 3 at QB might play some and escape a redshirt, but the head coach said he’d be reluctant to do that.
Athens landmark’s auction offers UGA items
Hodgson’s Pharmacy, a longtime mainstay in Athens’ Five Points district near campus, recently moved into smaller digs next door and is holding an auction Saturday morning of stuff that was left behind, including some Georgia Bulldogs-related items.
While the Coach Mike’s Corner shrine to Georgia’s cheerleaders made the move to the new Hodgson’s, auctioneer Sam Williamson says, duplicates of some of the items from it will be available, plus a signed portrait of Mark Richt by famed cartoonist Jack Davis, who attended UGA and is a longtime Dogs supporter. Williamson, a Classic City native, also plans to offer some of his own Athens/UGA memorabilia at the auction.
And if you’re in need of shelving, soda fountain equipment, office furniture and so on, that will be for sale as well. One more incentive: Williamson says if you attend the auction he’ll buy you an ice cream cone at the new Hodgson’s. The sale is set to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the old Hodgson’s, 1220 S. Milledge Ave. in Athens.
Two Dogs make ESPN.com All-SEC team
ESPN.com’s Chris Low has posted his preseason All-SEC team, and two Georgia Bulldogs made the list: wide receiver A.J. Green and offensive lineman Clint Boling. No defensive or specialist Dogs were included.
Soccer star Patterson All-SEC again
Senior forward Carrie Patterson is on the preseason All-SEC team chosen by the conference’s soccer coaches, Georgiadogs.com reports.
The Atlanta native is the only player in Bulldogs soccer history to be named to the first team All-SEC squad three times, and will be going for four straight in this season. She already is the school record holder in goals (33) and points (84). Patterson was the only unanimous selection to the preseason All-SEC squad.