Bulldog Bites: Gray has edge at No. 2

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. 

 

Mark Richt by Jack Davis (Sam Williamson)

Mark Richt by Jack Davis (Sam Williamson)

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.

43 comments Add your comment

Saint Simons

August 14th, 2009
2:00 pm

((((( 45 42 ))))) hahahahahaha

Burdell

August 14th, 2009
2:14 pm

No wonder the Dogs don’t play tough…instead of the first practice of a two-a-day Saint Richt takes the boys swimming. Weee!! Splash, splash!!

Otto

August 14th, 2009
2:21 pm

Good for Gray. Hope he is the starter next year.

L-Dawg

August 14th, 2009
2:23 pm

GLORY GLORY TO OLE’ GEORGIA!!!!

GREAT TO LOVE MY TEAM AS OPPOSED TO HATING ANOTHER

GO DAWGS!!!!

22 DAYS MY FRIENDS!!!

G2Rhett (Colorado Springs)

August 14th, 2009
2:49 pm

With Joe and Logan at the helm of the offense, Georgia is sitting pretty. That’s a hell of a one two punch at the quarterback position. It’ll be a nice change of pace and a total different look that defensive coordinators will have to game plan for when Joe’s in the game verses Logan. After all and I quote myself, “Joe can throw and Logan can go!” This combination is a defensive nightmare for coordinators.

GeoffDawg

August 14th, 2009
2:51 pm

How could Rennie Curran get left off that All-SEC list? He’s going to be one of the top LBs in the country this year.

realist

August 14th, 2009
2:54 pm

just being honest I do not know how logan Gray is the number 2 qb? In my opinion he gives UGA the best chance to win…period. In this day in age I am glad that loyalty counts for something but if UGA wants to wiin early and often Gray is the man to do it. I am not a Cox hater I wish him well and hope that I am wrong. I do not think that he is another Joe TIII but no where near a Shockley either. Get this kid on the field. He is a competitior.

Joe Cox

August 14th, 2009
2:58 pm

“The Big 12 plays defense? Well, if last year was any indication of the type of defense they play in that conference, then I’m going to have a Colt McCoy kind of day on offense!”

Hungry Dawg

August 14th, 2009
3:00 pm

Tough enough to beat Tech the last 7 out of 8 games!!!

Saint Simons

August 14th, 2009
3:04 pm

Maybe UGA should apply for membership in the Big 12!!!!!!!!!!!!! 38 or more points given up 5 times last year!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahaha

Logan Gray

August 14th, 2009
3:06 pm

“Yeah, I have to agree on the take that Joe has on the Big 12 defenses. With that said, I’ll gash the Cowboys for a 100 or so on the ground and Joe will get us around 400 through the air. I’m thinking the game will be over by half.”

third quarter fan

August 14th, 2009
3:07 pm

Will LG be the QB at the end of the season? If so, Cox received an education for being a backup…good job if you can get it…

Class of '98

August 14th, 2009
3:09 pm

Realist, I respect your opinion, but what makes you think Gray is better than Cox? Have you seen he play much? I haven’t. I’ve never seen him take a snap.

Something tells me that Richt and the staff, who eat, sleep and breathe this team 365 days a year might have a more worthwhile opinion.

Is it because Gray is a better athlete? Shoot, if thats all it takes, they should just make AJ Green the starting QB, huh?

1-800-TECH-TIX

August 14th, 2009
3:10 pm

Free Tech Tickets!!!! Please!!! Anyone???

Buford Pusser

August 14th, 2009
3:12 pm

Splish splash I as taken a bath…. Burdell, it’s MR Saint Richt to you dip stick.

Burdell

August 14th, 2009
3:18 pm

Okay Buford—

Mark Richt Saint Richt….better?

Go Jackets! Go Dogs! Y’all take care of the SEC, we’ll take care of the ACC. See you on The Flats in November….

realist

August 14th, 2009
3:19 pm

it has nothing to do with him being a better athlete, and honestly i have been around football enough for you not to make a mockery of my comment. Cox is dependable and studious, but like i said in my opinion he does not possess everything that Gray does. And yes Richts job depends on it, but like we know he is and extreme loyalist (see DC Martinez) which is not a bad thing and is admireable. I would just hate for it to cost us a few games and finish strong and once again not be mentioned in the NC race. We have had enough recruiting classes that have been in the top 5 or 10 (that Gray was in) that we should not rebuild but reload. If you watch film on him he has become an extremely accurate passer who makes good decisions. This is the guy who turned down being the next Chase Daniel at Mizzou to be a DAWG.

45ACP

August 14th, 2009
3:31 pm

Bill, we don’t care about soccer.
We are ready for some FOOTBALL!!!

G2Rhett (Colorado Springs)

August 14th, 2009
3:32 pm

Realist,

Are you sure Logan is a better fit? I say both are great and they each bring something special to the game. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a David Greene-D.J. Shockley type of rotation with Joe and Logan. Cox will of course get the majority of playing time, but Logan will contribute. Then next year Logan will be the starter and Aaron Murray will be his back up.

Joe to A.J:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u18XK8LAkNw&feature=PlayList&p=37A887659B72DF07&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=101

Joe in the clutch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NYgXxrXUb0&feature=related

Paddy

August 14th, 2009
3:39 pm

realist..I don’t believe CMR will wait too long if a change is necessary. Since none of us have seen much of these two qb’s, I trust the coaches are making the correct call. Of course he chose us over Mizzou, who wouldn’t if given that option? Cox will be the man and give us another 10 win season or more.

BruffDawg

August 14th, 2009
3:41 pm

This just in!! Free hot dogs and cokes for all tech posters!!! UGA fans, we know you can afford your own.

Gabby Greene

August 14th, 2009
3:42 pm

Bill, what was it like on the set with Ted Knight, Bill Murry and Chevy Chase? How much weight did you lose in that gopher costume?

QB Scout

August 14th, 2009
3:46 pm

Can you say Logan Gray “Wild Dawg”? Will be used strategically as appropriate. Gray can run and pass and there will be times when that will compliment COX but Cox is the man till he demonstrates he ain’t the man.

gem dawg

August 14th, 2009
4:01 pm

I don’t see how we can form an educated opinion of Cox as qb since we have only seen him in a dozen plays. We’ll just have to see how this pans out but the Logan “wild dawg” angle is pretty intriguing.
And, Burdell, the only thing you’ll be splashing in is your own wee wee when the dawgs wax your bees butts and you realize you’ll have to disappear for another year.

dawgstephen

August 14th, 2009
4:14 pm

Hey Burdell, they have been having 2 a days since monday, where you been??

As far as Logan gray goes, he had a great spring, and deserves to see a little time. As far as Joe goes, the last 3 times we saw him he was saving our fanny against Colorado, then rescuing Stafford at Ole Miss, and then scoring the only touchdown we had against Florida.

Take a look at Joe, he might be better than an “average” joe.

http://dawgstephen.blogspot.com/

dawgstephen

August 14th, 2009
4:15 pm

These guys have been sweating all summer and have enrollled early in the spring in a lot of cases. Considering that they are practicing again this evning, i have no problem with the pool today.

http://dawgstephen.blogspot.com/

Fletch

August 14th, 2009
4:29 pm

Realist, I’m sorry but you don’t know s#&t about football. The next Chase Daniel? who wouldn’t choose UGA over crappy Mizzou?

Carl Spackler

August 14th, 2009
6:14 pm

From watching the spring game only…Cox can’t make all the throws, so they’ll adjust the offensive scheme to fit the bill, thus leaving plays on the cutting room floor…Gray, looked good throwing the ball all over this spring, however when he makes up his mind to take off running he quits looking down field (hope the coaches have been working on this w/ him)…Murray is accurate, can make all the throws, and runs only when nothing else is there; his knock is that he’s undersized, but I guess he’s always been undersized (hope he’s getting some reps w/ the first team)…Met, well he just needs some time in a stable environment, get into football shape, he’s got the arm, size, and attitude, so right now he’s a project (redshirt him)…my take is that Cox will start the year, but will give way to Gray, who’ll get his block knocked off unless they can coach that tuck and run mentality out of him, if not he’ll give way to Cox again, and then they’ll start working Murray in the last few games…I just think that having no QB w/ real game experience is a disgrace…forget about the “2006 Colorado” game (heck they were 2-10), Ole Miss, and a TD against Fl…the defense was set up to stop Stafford, not Cox against Colorado…give these defensive coaches a week to prepare for any one of these QB’s and see what happens…game experience matters and will show up ealy and often…like I’ve stated, this looks like a throw-away/rebuilding year…BTW, I follow the DAWGS due to the arrival of this freshman class and will be rooting for the wideouts

Lee Dawg

August 14th, 2009
7:26 pm

Trust me, Cox will be fine! Hell, Joe T. could have been a star behind this line with all these studs to get the ball to! Eats gonna be a hell of a year and I can’t wait to shut up the haters!! GO DAWGS WOOF WOOF SIC’EM!

Pooh Dog

August 14th, 2009
8:25 pm

Geez, does Logan Gray look like Eddie Munster or what?

Dave Helwig

August 15th, 2009
3:45 pm

I enjoyed the article.
There is one thing on the site that is incorrect though. The painting of Coach Richt displayed on the site was not painted by Jack Davis. It was painted by Dave Helwig.
I am a big Jack davis fan. I have been since I was a kid. I know that painting wasn’t done by him simply because I painted it. Go Dawgs

ceph

August 16th, 2009
6:55 am

I’m tired of listening to Cox run his mouth, he needs to shut up and wait until the season starts and let his perforance do the talking. He is not a veteran QB as he would lead you to think he is just the guy who has been there the longest. I just happen to remember the Mississippi game he started before everyone gets ga-ga over him. I still think it is sad that Richt didn’t open up the QB competition and let the best man win. Richt just arbitrarily made him the heir apparent when Stafford left. They have opened up every other position but QB which is very strange to me and I honestly don’t think Cox will be the starter for the season, I think Gray or either Murray will beat him out.

Carl Spackler

August 16th, 2009
11:28 am

Just an observation…it sure appears that this Murray kid is picking up the playbook, so now let’s talk about a guy who has 4.45 speed in the 40, Logan Gray; this guy needs to be on the field somewhere…either as a wideout, or w/ his QB experience, wouldn’t FS be a perfect fit…he can still work out in the “Wild Dawg” when called upon (especially if he’s a wideout), but sub 4.5 speed being wasted for yet another year when he can contribute to the team now…you can’t coach speed and many a H.S. QB have made the move to another position and thrived…I’m sure UGA would be a stronger team if he was on the field somewhere, instead of a backup role riding pine…by taking advantage of his strengths, and getting him on the field somewhere, can only make the team stronger…just a thought

Harry Dawg

August 16th, 2009
11:46 am

Many times in the past, UGA has been better served with a # 2 QB in the wings. I recall Goff and Matt Robinson dueling for the # 1 spot. We did fine in 74, 75 and 75. 74 was only fair however.
We had a duel with Paul Gilbert and Mike Cavin in the 68-69 era. I forget why, but Gilbert had to play vs Auburn and we crushed them. We were fine in 68. Sugar Bowl trip we earned but we lost to Arkansas and ended up #4. Not bad with TWO QBs.
Grey will really help UGA with maybe spot duty or that wildcat thing or as a flanker. Cox will manage the position and the game plan. If not, that is why we have 3 or 4 other all world ( albeit young ) QBs.
We will be fine because Richt knows what he is doing. His coaches are fired up to get US off of their backs and they know that we had better be focused and motivated. Fans are watching and especially watching CWM.

Goooooooooooooooooooooo Dawgs

TMC DAWG10

August 16th, 2009
11:52 am

From what i seen at the spring game, Logan is the better QB. His throws wrer much more crisp than Cox”s. But we all know how this is going to play out. CMR will ride the loyalty ticket win or lose.

AltamahaDawg

August 18th, 2009
8:45 am

The pure idiocy of somebody thinking that a coach would intentionally not give his team the best chance to win over some “loyalty” issue is hard to even measure. Not to mention the idea that his loyalty would be at such a different level for one player over another because of a year or two. As if he doesn’t feel loyal to Logan as well. Or the other 100 guys he would be putting at risk. What about all the other seniors? You are saying he has NO loyalty to the GROUP, and would see thier season damaged over ONE guy? Not to mention his job, family, staff, fans, God, world. Yea, his loyalty to a player representing less than 1% of the program is dictating the other 99%. Brilliant observation!

Future Beat Writer/Columnist

August 18th, 2009
6:38 pm

Joe Cox is Ready:

Barley under 18 days away from the 2009 college football season, most of the talk coming out of Athens is centered around Joe Cox. There is much speculation about how much of “Matt Stafford’s shoes” he can fill. Don’t worry about that. More knowledgeable people than myself, (Buck Belue, for one) have compared #14 to a David Greene-like leader. Not because of the number on his back, but because of his leadership both on and off the field. Cox may not have the strongest arm in college football, but he does have a very good grasp on the Georgia offense.

Following a stellar career at Independence H.S. in North Carolina, Joe Cox was rated the #7 QB prospect by Rivals.com. The 5th year senior is poised and able to perform under pressure. For further evidence, one shouldn’t look any further than 2006. Trailing Colorado by 13 points in the 3rd quarter, Coach Richt benched some dude named Stafford and sent Cox into the game. Joe took control and calmly led the Bulldog offense to 2 tremendous TDs. The Dawgs were down 13-7, as 50 stingy little seconds began to tick off the 4th quarter clock. Taking command of the moment, Cox threw a 21 yard 6-strike to Martrez Milner. All of a sudden, the game was tied at 13. It seemed surreal, when Brandon Coutu’s PAT gave Georgia it’s first lead of the day. It was a scrawny, little one point lead. But, that’s all it took to defeat the Buffaloes. “If we can’t score two times, we don’t deserve to wear Gs on our helmets,” Cox later told the press.

On that breath taking day in Athens, glory didn’t come easily. But, Joe Cox was able to do something Matt Stafford couldn’t. He led a previously ineffective Georgia offense into the endzone. More importantly, he delivered his team from a long afternoon of adversity, and drove the Dawgs to victory. Georgia fans, don’t worry about Joe Cox. The signal caller from North Carolina will do just fine in 2009.

Joe vs Colorado:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NYgXxrXUb0

Future Beat Writer/Columnist

August 18th, 2009
6:39 pm

Barley should be barely. My bad.

ULTIMATE BULLDOG FAN #1

August 20th, 2009
4:44 pm

I hear ya!!! SEPTEMBER 5th GUYS, HELL YEAH! Gonna be a great and interesting year my friends.

JoeDawg

August 21st, 2009
11:42 am

Saint Simmons: 38-3 ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

BIGBOY

August 21st, 2009
7:05 pm

Boy I wish people would let the Colorado game go!!He was terrible the following week as a stater against Ole Miss and got pulled at halftime and never played much at all the next two years!!!.CU won 2 games that year for god’s sake!!Let it go dude.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

August 26th, 2009
10:04 am

AltamahaDawg

Oh yes, welcome to a another mediocre year..nice to see you are back with your loyalty and no defense to a program in the tank.

Just do me a favor and admit that i am right when CMR leaves for Miami, and UGA reaches for another coach.

Look, just be honest and admit UGA football is the biggest ripoff in D-1 football. Get your money back.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

August 26th, 2009
10:11 am

Nice to see the Dogs open with someone other than Agnes Scott.

Unfortunately your AD is way behind the BCS curve in terms of opener strength and style coach.

Look, all the blogging in the world does not 86 the fact that the pups have not played for a title under CMR, Donnan or Goof. This team has been loaded for most of the time since CMR has been at the helm, and not played for a BCS title…sad, very sad.