The reality for Logan Gray is that, barring injury to someone else, he’s probably not going to get a whole lot of playing time at either quarterback or receiver.
And yet he decided to remain a Georgia Bulldog. And that’s great news.
In part, Gray’s decision should be welcomed because of the depth Gray adds to both positions. Mark Richt said on Wednesday that in his mind Gray is the second-team quarterback. Whether that remains the case after true freshman Hutson Mason arrives on campus and Gray spends most of his practice time on receiver remains to be seen, but having an emergency signal-caller who has some game experience can’t be a bad thing.
As for receiver, what are Gray’s chances of passing some of the six current players at that position on the depth chart? Early on, probably pretty slim. But as people get dinged up and Gray gets the routes down, who knows? He didn’t get much of a chance last season to show us what he can do, but I recall a couple of G-Days ago when he impressed quite a few folks with his running. Maybe if he gets a shot in something resembling the old Hines Ward package he can finally live up to what was expected of him when he first came to Athens.
But even if none of that happens and Gray simply serves as “insurance” at quarterback and wide receiver, his returning to UGA might end up paying dividends in a more intangible sort of way. After a rash of folks leaving early for the NFL or throwing away their careers with stupid off-field behavior, we finally have a player putting “team” first.
Gray said he’s sticking at UGA “because I truly do love being a Georgia Bulldog. I want to be a part of this team getting back to the SEC championship game and winning it.”
Perhaps his selfless example will inspire others on the team to buckle down and think Bulldogs first. At the very least, Gray essentially ceding the starting quarterback job to Aaron Murray should allow Murray to settle down and quit pressing so hard, which seemed to be the reason for his disappointing G-Day performance.
Usually when a Georgia team has won the SEC in the past, you can go back afterward and see a moment when that team’s destiny took a turn. When they made the transition from a collection of players into a special team.
Maybe Logan Gray just gave the 2010 Dogs that moment.
OUT OF THE TWEET LIFE
I noted here on Wednesday some fan speculation that a recent Tweet by Trey Thompkins indicated some sort of crackdown on use of Twitter by UGA basketball players, and Mark Fox provided confirmation of that fact later in the day.
While Fox maintained that he thought recent Twitter postings by Thompkins and Travis Leslie were too personal and a distraction from focusing on what the basketball Bulldogs need to do this coming season, there naturally were a lot of folks wondering if maybe one of them had Tweeted something that displeased the coach.
Looking back over their Tweets in recent weeks, they’re mostly pretty innocuous. Thompkins offering Mother’s Day wishes, mentioning workouts with Leslie, bemoaning schoolwork (”Class, class, and more class…… SOMEBODY SAVE ME!!!!!”) and so on.
Leslie, who Tweeted more frequently than Thompkins, didn’t have much of interest to say, either, but he did have several Tweets in which he mentioned the he and Thompkins were hanging out at former NBA player Derek Anderson’s house. Maybe that’s what Fox considered “too much information.”
Regardless, it’s probably not going to hurt for Fox to tighten the reins on his two stars when it comes to Tweeting. And for fans it’s an encouraging sign that the guy who made the team run stadium steps last year when he didn’t think they were working hard enough in practice isn’t going to let any nonsense get in the way of his mission.
Well played, coach.