Could Gray staying at UGA be a turning point for Dogs?

Logan Gray putting the team first might pay off down the road. (Associated Press)

Logan Gray putting the team first might pay off down the road. (Associated Press)

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.

232 comments Add your comment

Tuckdawg

May 13th, 2010
11:43 am

Nice article bill GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!! GATA!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks for staying Logan it will benifit the whole team

Tuckdawg

May 13th, 2010
11:43 am

oh and First

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
11:47 am

I was thinking after reading this about Coach Richt’s record against coaches that have a MNC.

Urban Meyer: 1-4
Nick Saban: 3-3
Les Miles: 2-1
Steve Spurrier: 4-2
Phillip Fulmer: 5-3
Lou Holtz: 3-1
Bobby Bowden: 1-0
Dennis Ericson 2-0

Aside from Urban Meyer, whenever Coach Richt goes up against the best coaches in the business he usually wins (and we won’t count Tommy Tuberville, who Coach Richt went 5-3 against).

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
11:47 am

BuLLdawg (Thomas Brown) try to be more original from now on

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
11:48 am

It’s Mark Richt’s state. Paul Johnson is only living in it. Even Vince Dooley didn’t beat the Yellow Jackets at that torrid pace, and, after Bobby Dodd left the Grant Field sideline, he faced some Ramblin’ Wreck coaches a good deal worse than Chan Gailey.

nickz

May 13th, 2010
11:48 am

I like it…could be a great year for UGA Basketball.

If Thornton decides to come to UGA, it could be a big turning point in our program!

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
11:48 am

Coach Richt still can say that he is the only Georgia coach to have made it through nine seasons at the Red and Black helm with a winning record over the Crimson Tide.
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He is 2-0 in Bryant-Denny Stadium, a venue in which the Red and Black had never won prior to his arrival.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
11:50 am

Even in his worse year Mark Richt has led the Bulldogs to a win over their oldest rivals and a win over their in-state rivals (both of whom were bound for January bowl games), fired three members of his coaching staff, won a bowl game over an up-and-coming Big 12 team, hired Todd Grantham at the end of an exhaustive search for a new defensive coordinator, and gone outside his circle of acquaintances to hire Coach Grantham’s preferred secondary coach. Aside from one atrocious senior night between the hedges, it’s been all uphill since we hit rock bottom.

Me

May 13th, 2010
11:53 am

Logan Gray will probably be the starting QB by the middle of the season.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
11:54 am

In terms of “BuLLdawgs” (Thomas Brown) comments, I say thank you. Thank you for your dedication and daily concern for UGA.
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This guy wakes up every day thinking about UGA.
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That is so funny to me.
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What is more amazing to me is that you are only here in hopes of getting attention.
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that is pathetic.
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That obsessive behavior indicates just how superior you view UGA.

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You attempt to distract people from the topic at hand.
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Suggestion for “BuLLdawg” who blogs on a daily basis about UGA:

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“Please Notice Me” would be a better name.
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That would be a very fitting name because of your desperate need to get members of the CFB family to notice you.
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Before you refute that statement, ask yourself why you are not blogging on any other subject at any other time except about UGA.

he always posts these rambling, incoherent pieces that are nearly unreadable. I don’t really understand the purpose. It is to the point that I just think he was a bot or something because I couldn’t understand someone taking such a long time to craft something that no one was going to bother to read.
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You are so unoriginal and pathetic you will probably copy and paste that comment and subtly change the content to make it appear as your own work.

Lonnie

May 13th, 2010
11:59 am

Logan Gray will get playing time, he will have packages for him, he’s too good of a player to sit on the bench. He’ll make an impact on special teams, slot, wildcat, wr, and qb. He’ll be especially useful in the red zone, where we can put him in, let him run or pass. Also see him coming in on 3rd and short situations. This will keep Murray injury free, and let Logan display his skills. Really p[umped about seeing “The Logan Gray package”, gives defense YET ANOTHER THING TO PREPARE FOR besides EALEY/KING/SMITH, AJ/KING/DURHAM/WOOTEN, OLSON/WHITE/LYNCH, Murray, and now Logan Gray.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
11:59 am

Any fair evaluation of Coach Richt’s record nine years into his tenure, therefore, most begin with an acknowledgment that he has proven his willingness to make the changes that are necessary to restore the Georgia program to prominence. When even guys who hurl toasters off of balconies during Bulldog victories are urging patience, we need to give credit where credit is due. Mark Richt is a fine man, an excellent coach, and a damn good ‘Dawg.

That said, here is the tale of the tape on Coach Richt’s time in the Classic City:

Just three of Coach Richt’s 24 predecessors lasted as long as nine years as the head coach in Athens. (While Alex Cunningham technically was at the Georgia helm from 1910 to 1919, the Red and Black did not field football teams during the war years of 1917 and 1918, so Coach Cunningham oversaw only eight Georgia squads.)

Lonnie

May 13th, 2010
12:08 pm

Hey Yeah Whatever–

can you please TRY and make some of your comments relevant to Bill’s topic instead of your incessant trolling?

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:09 pm

Lonnie….no.

I am merely getting a jump on everyone else that changes the topic eventually.

John

May 13th, 2010
12:11 pm

Bill-

If Murray goes down with an injury, we could look back and absolutely say this was the turning point in the season.

I think it also shows Richt is on his game this off-season, from rewarding the special teams walk on with a scholarship, to getting Lemay, to kicking guys off the team, to naming a depth chart so Murray could get more reps, the new recruiting strategy of sending all coaches to hit 300 schools, to keeping Gray, Richt’s made great moves this off-season.

Lonnie

May 13th, 2010
12:12 pm

Bill-

Can you please BAN Yeah Whatever for trolling, the guy’s a complete waste of time, and just stated he will troll and not respect your rules.

Thx.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:13 pm

Lonnie.You should educate yourself on what a troll is….here I will help

troll 2176 up, 373 down
buy troll mugs, tshirts and magnets
One who purposely and deliberately (that purpose usually being self-amusement) starts an argument in a manner which attacks others on a forum without in any way listening to the arguments proposed by his or her peers. He will spark of such an argument via the use of ad hominem attacks (i.e. ‘you’re nothing but a fanboy’ is a popular phrase) with no substance or relevence to back them up as well as straw man arguments.

Did I attack anyone? Did I not listen to any of my peers arguments? (there has not been any so far today) Did i use a straw argument?

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:14 pm

So, Lonnie, by definition you are more of a troll since you are stead fast in your attack on me and have not listened to me (a peer).

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:16 pm

Your comments lack substance (trolling) mine was full of substance. Who is the troll again?

Michael Scharff

May 13th, 2010
12:16 pm

Well, at least we still have Logan to perform fair catches on punt returns.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:19 pm

Lonnie…..you sparked an argument by use of “he is nothing but a troll”…which makes you a troll by definition.

Joe

May 13th, 2010
12:20 pm

I agree Bill, ban yeah whatever, he post off-tpoic, and disrespects you and your readers.

Dr. Phil

May 13th, 2010
12:22 pm

Patrick if you don’t CALM down, I am going to up your meds and restrict you to five minutes a day. I also warned you last night to quit obsessing about Mark Richt.

Tim

May 13th, 2010
12:22 pm

Yeah Whatever-

At 12:08, Lonnie asked you politely, to change your ways.

If you don’t Bill will ban you, you are breaking blog rules and a HUGE WASTE of my time too.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:22 pm

Now that we cleared that up Lonnie…care to make a substantive comment or would you care to continue to be the text book definition of a troll by your ad hominem attacks i.e. “he is nothing but a troll”?

11Dawg

May 13th, 2010
12:23 pm

Having Gray at wide receiver opens up the door for some great trick plays. Hopefully Bobo can take advantage of that.

O-Town

May 13th, 2010
12:23 pm

Ok, now we have someone acting like Dr. Phil. Ban them too, stealing identities is against the blog rules.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:24 pm

Tim…..you cant be considered POLITE while attacking someone as a troll.

Thirty Points To Your Twenty-Four Points

May 13th, 2010
12:25 pm

I like trasure trolls

Go Dawgs!

May 13th, 2010
12:26 pm

hey “yeah whatever” – get over yourself

The D

May 13th, 2010
12:27 pm

I am so happy to hear Gray is staying, I agree Bill, this is important for a player to put team first, and with Murray being small and injury prone, I am sure Gray will see some action at QB

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:27 pm

Nick

May 13th, 2010
12:27 pm

I agree

BAN YEAH WHATEVER—the guy is a total troll who doesn’t respect you Bill or anybody else here.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:29 pm

I wonder why only Fla fans or GT fans want me banned?

DawginLex

May 13th, 2010
12:29 pm

Agree with you bill, Logan staying is a positive thing to the football program.

I hope he gets a glory glory moment this year and realizes that his patience and hard work paid off.

Tim

May 13th, 2010
12:30 pm

Yeah Whatever-

When the guy says PLEASE in hias 12:08 post, that’s polite, and your response was “no”, you’ll continue posting off-topic, no respect for anyone here, which is reason for being banned.

Dan the Dog Guy

May 13th, 2010
12:31 pm

I’m a Dog fan, we want Yeah Whatever banned too.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:31 pm

Hmmm….so far the ad hominem attacks (trolling) continues from Nick..Joe..and Lonnie

calling someone names to spark an argument is the purest form of trolling by the way.

Dont like my comments about Richt’s success….dont read them

Go Dawgs!

May 13th, 2010
12:32 pm

“yeah whatever” – we Georgia Fans want you banned from this blog because you refused to stay on topic and went off on a tangent that did not belong on this forum. Find a blog that is relevant to your argument and post there, otherwise, stay on topic and get over yourself. Please!!!

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:32 pm

Tim…merely adding PLEASE while calling someone a name (troll) is not being polite. I could say PLEASE jump off a bridge…would that be POLITE?

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:33 pm

Go Dawgs………”we” Georgia fans? Dont you mean “we impostor Georgia fans”?

Off Topic Guy

May 13th, 2010
12:35 pm

Ok, let’s all act like “yeah whatever”

What do you guys think about Obama? Let’s not talk about Bill’s topic, let’s talk politics instead.

Dr. Phil

May 13th, 2010
12:35 pm

Ban Patrick before he is discharged as my patient.

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2010
12:35 pm

patrick – I don’t use ‘MNC;’ I’ve switched to ‘National Poll Champions.’ May be a fine point, but reading that 124-page book convinced me.

Go Dawgs!

May 13th, 2010
12:35 pm

i guess “yeah whatever” is the all knowing Georgia. He apparently knows who is and who isn’t a GA fan. Fortunately, I don’t feel the need to justify myself to you.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:35 pm

I have been an active blogger for months on Bill’s Blog………I have yet to see a single topic not changed. Dont like the content of the comments section? Dont read them.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:36 pm

So you want to ban me? I will take my chihuaha little Wille M and go back to bed.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:36 pm

Go Dawgs…then say something positive about UGA…….

Tim

May 13th, 2010
12:36 pm

Let’s talk about the automotive industry, what we can do to turn it around.

Why discuss Bill’s Topic? Yeah whatever.

Off Topic Guy

May 13th, 2010
12:37 pm

How’s the weather today in your city guys?