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

Tim

May 13th, 2010
12:38 pm

Don’t like a troll blogging off-topic, suggest them for banning.

calidawg

May 13th, 2010
12:38 pm

Leave Mr. Patrick alone, he has made great strides in his therapy.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:39 pm

Now the “yeah whatever” from 12:36 is breaking Bill’s rules. He is stealing my name…Do you want him banned for violating policy Lonnie…Joe…Go Dawgs? Where is you righteous indignation over that violation…or do you merely pick and choose what violation you champion?

Go Dawgs!

May 13th, 2010
12:39 pm

Logan making the decision to stay is great news for us. It gives us more depth at both QB and WR. I am glad to see him put the team first.

Satisfied “yeah whatever” – now go back to bed

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:39 pm

Now I know why I moved from Georgia.

yeah whatever!= the Real Patrick

May 13th, 2010
12:40 pm

I bet it is Urban Meyer stealing my name.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:41 pm

Tim…I dont hear from you about Yeah Whatever from 12:36 breaking rules….where is your input? Shouldnt you (as a champion of Bills rules) be clamoring for his banning?

Cory

May 13th, 2010
12:43 pm

I would say Logan is a class act…..maybe just maybe….HE is the leader of this team- you dont have to be a starter to have a profound impact on a team- only time will tell but this could be the start. UGA football hasnt really had a true leader since David, David and DJ….which is one of the reasons for the lackluster play. we had a guy that was a great example of “SELF”….thankfully, he has moved on….

Off Topic Guy

May 13th, 2010
12:43 pm

Any of you ever eaten squirrell?

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:43 pm

Well? Tim? Joe? Go Dawgs? Lonnie? There are 3 more name stealing violations? Where is all that energy you just wasted on me for them? LOL. Lets admit you are Fla or GT fans and get it over with. You dont like me proving Richt as the better field general and you know it.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:45 pm

the topic is about UGA….Is Mark Richt not the coach of UGA? How was me discussing UGA football on an UGA blog off topic? Just curious…please explain…seems like all of you wnet off topc discussing me.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:46 pm

Oh I get it….this is not really an UGA blog….how dare I post about UGA (Mark Richt) on an UGA blog…yeah dastardly

Go Dawgs!

May 13th, 2010
12:46 pm

“yeah whatever” – if your name was stolen, the ban them as well, as for your arguments regarding Richt, I actually agree with you, but this simply wasn’t the forum for it. Richt is a great coach and I hope he stays a very long time at Georgia, but that isn’t what this blog was about. Just stay on topic dude! Go Dawgs!

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

Use of multiple screen names on the same email account can be easily blocked or removed.

Use of multiple email accounts is more difficult to spot and control.

Use of multiple IP addresses is really difficult if someone is using a proxy server.

I’m not sure the average troll is that smart.

Go Dawgs!

May 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

ok, let it go, i’m done with this one

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:48 pm

UGA blog

UGA comments

Yep off topic for sure

or

UGA blog

Comments about me

Yep comments about me is definitely on topic on an UGA blog….

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:49 pm

an UGA blog not the forum for discussing an UGA coach????? WOW what a stretch

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:51 pm

stay on topic…….UGA is the topic……….Richt is UGAs coach….yeah I was WAY OFF TOPIC on this blog

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2010
12:52 pm

I don’t usually cross post, but I think this is on-topic here. I posted it on Chip
Towers’ recruiting blog this morning.

Logan Gray is not the ‘threat’ to anyone who actually signs the paper for 2011. He should be established by then as backup WR and special teams player. Any incoming freshmen will be competing among themselves, with soph Aaron Murray, and hopefully redshirt freshman Hutson Mason. Of course walkons as well.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
12:53 pm

So to recap…I was talking UGA football on an UGA blog (dastardly)

Tim, Lonnie, Go Dawgs et al was discussing ME on the UGA blog (completely on topic)

I get it now. How silly of me.

yeah whatever!= the Real Patrick

May 13th, 2010
12:53 pm

Lets salute general richt he is the field general and I am the rear admiral

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2010
12:57 pm

It isn’t conceivable to me that CMR will use Logan Gray early in the season for anything other than victory formation snaps. Once Mason or one of the walkons has developed competence in the offense that may change.

cloudy

May 13th, 2010
12:58 pm

A turning point??? A sign of the times? A faux pas? A pig in a poke?
What a stretch!!!

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
1:02 pm

and finally, as defined, a troll uses ad hominem attacks to spark a argument off topic…hmmm lets see…an attack?

“He is a troll”…

an off topic lengthy argument sparked by that ad hominem attack? (the rather lengthy off topic debate about me)

hmmmmm who is the troll?

Paddy

May 13th, 2010
1:05 pm

Bill and others, I believe Gray will see more min than we expect. wr, dual threat out of the backfield, punt returns even, if we could get him to run instead of fair catch. But that might have been a coaching decision. Anyway, glad he stayed and he is a top athlete. I think it helped the program but a turning point, not so much.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
1:08 pm

The turning point? Cox not being there…Grantham being there…Murray being the starter…..Martinez getting fired.

A back up wide receiver? Not so much

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2010
1:13 pm

It could certainly be a turning point if looking back on a situation where Murray was injured. I guess that would be future hindsight.

Murray the midget

May 13th, 2010
1:16 pm

It was a turning point for me when Mett stepped on himself.

Bam-a-Gata

May 13th, 2010
1:20 pm

Turning point ?! The Dawgs were ALREADY going to win the SEC and National Championship. I guess now they’ll win the SUPER BOWL too.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
1:20 pm

Darn…this debate is no longer about me??? I am taking my football and going home

Sure patrick whatever you say buddy

May 13th, 2010
1:21 pm

yeah whatever,

You’re pretty good at stats. Can you do a statistical breakdown for us for Mark Richt. Break it down in 2 segments. The first being his first 5 years from 2001-2005 and the second tenure from 2006-2009.

The first 5 years were excellent when the sec was down and there was no Urban Meyer and Alabama was on probation.

What has Richt done in the last 4 years since recent history is far more pertinent than the early 2000s? What is the trend and general direction of the program over the last 4 years? That is what truly counts.

Is it true we are only 10-10 in the sec east over the last 4 years?

Is there a reason for all the humiliating blowouts where our team just up and gives up? 3 blowout losses to UT in the last 4 years 35-7 and 45-16 to the boy blunder, 41-17 and 49-10 blowout losses to UF, the embarrassing 31-0 halftime blowout on blackout night, how many embarrassing blowouts must we suffer?

Speaking of blowouts Richt is now 2-7 against Florida and 1-4 against Urban with several blowout losses. At what point will we have had enough? 2-8 overall and 1-5 against Urban. 2-9 overall and 1-6? 2-10 overall and 1-7 against Meyer? At what point do we get tired of not only losing to but getting blown out by our biggest rival? When is enough enough?

Oh yeah, how have we done against Kentucky the last 4 years? Freaking kentucky which ran our fans out of our own stadium last year? Have we had any embarrassing losses to Vandy or the chickens in the last 4 years?

Does our team look and play like a well coached team? How did we do last year in turnover margin? Can we blame that all on the now departed defensive coordinator since half of the turnover margin stats are attributed to our offensive play also?

Is it true that we were in the bottom 6 in the country in penalties committed? Is that the mark of a disciplined, well coached football team? Can we beat the gators playing sloppy, undisciplined football where we committ numerous turnovers and penalties? Can we even beat Kentucky with this brand of poor play?

Is it true that we are the runaway winners in the Fulmer cup awarded to the SEC program with the most arrests? I read something like 36 arrests over the last 3 years. Is that true. I know we’ve had a number of players arrested just in the last few months. Did Richt get the message through to our team after Mett got arrested and kicked off? When our backup punter got arrested a couple days later did he get the memo on not embarrassing us further?

Does it seem that Richt’s classiness and good Christian values are rubbing off on this team that probably leads the nation in arrests over the last 3 years?

Last are we currently in position to seriously contend for a national championship going into coach Richt’s 10th year which should be his golden age? Does anyone in 2010 seriously consider us as competing on a national level for bcs championships in the same way Bama and UF are? If not then why is it that going into Mark Richt’s 10th year we aren’t even on the radar as far as being considered a legitimate national title contender? To go along with that why is it that perennial top 10 recruiting classes are not translating into a bcs title contender this year?

I don’t want stats that make coach Richt look good from 5-10 years ago. Answer me this one question. Why is it that going into Mark Richt’s 10th year that this team is not a serious national title contender while Alabama and Florida are?

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
1:30 pm

No Thomas Brown…

I am not breaking it down into 2 segments. Richt didnt leave and come back. His whole tenure is considered.
But if you go back to just the last 4 years Richt lead UGA to a number 2 final ranking (higher than any UGA squad in 30 years) and in 2008 he finished top ten with ten wins and a bowl victory despite 18 scholly players gong out prior to game three with season ending injury.

If that (over the last 4 years) is not a sign of a great coach what is?

Another Dawg

May 13th, 2010
1:31 pm

It’s hardly fair to say Kentucky “ran our fans out of our stadium” last year. What really happened was it was a dominant first half performance after a long day of drinking and a crappy night to watch us play mop up. Not saying we didn’t blow the mop up, but most fans were leaving at halftime and end of the 3rd because the game was over.

Downtown was already rocking by the time we got gingered in the 4th.

ol' seadawg

May 13th, 2010
1:33 pm

I agree with Lonnie, with Gray staying around there is absolutely no reason, why he can’t be set up with some with Hines Ward type packages and drive defenses crazy.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
1:36 pm

Not a national title contender?

UGA was in a better position to play in the NC in 2002 than Fla in 2006

UGA was 12-1 and a SEC champ and only needed OSU to lose its final game to get in.

Fla (Meyer) was in 2006 was 12-1 and a SEC champ and a number 4 in the BCS standing and needing both USC (at number two) and Mich (at number 3) to lose to get in

Meyer didnt have anything to do with Mich losing nor did he have anything to do with USC losing.

Richt had UGA in a better place in 2002 than Meyer had fla in 2006. OSU didnt lose but Mich and USC did.

Where is the other difference as it relates to being in contention to NCs? Answer me that.

Convienient with stats

May 13th, 2010
1:38 pm

Patrick is gay for CMR I think.

Convienient with stats

May 13th, 2010
1:40 pm

How about this stat Patrick unless you will ignore it as always: Richt has lost to Kentucky and FREAKING Vandy at home. To use your quote:answer me that.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
1:40 pm

How is USC and Mich losing in 2006 and USC losing in 2008 making Meyer a better coach at getting into NCs?

That is the only difference….What did he do?

Did he take Fla players to UCLA and change uniforms and beat USC? No.

Did he do it against Mich? No.

In fact Mich destroyed Fla the very next year in the bowl game.

To say Meyer has been lucky to get in is an understatement to say the least

Urban

May 13th, 2010
1:41 pm

Patrick, I would rather be lucky than good when given the choice. But I have been both!!

Willie the chihuaha

May 13th, 2010
1:41 pm

Patrick please come outside and play with me and my Urban doll.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
1:43 pm

Now Thomas Brown ( aka BuLLdawg) take your skewed pick and choose stats and go away.

Urban

May 13th, 2010
1:44 pm

Paddy boy, can you explain Richts stats against the gators since you love him so much?

yeah whatever

May 13th, 2010
1:45 pm

And Thomas Brown, quit sending my chihuahua pictures of Willie Martinez.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
1:46 pm

BuLLdawg..you ask what has Richt done in his last four years? Only taken UGA to a number 2 ranking in the AP final poll….better than ANY UGA coach since 1980…thats all…thats 30 years by the way

Dr. Phil

May 13th, 2010
1:47 pm

Patrick in our last session, you never explained why when I made the statement that a man’s choice of a pet is a reflection on himself. Why did you choose Willie the Chihuahua?

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
1:47 pm

2 and 7 is not good…….ever heard of Achilles? Greatest warrior of all time? He had a bad heel….thats Fla (not just Meyer) to Richt….but you have to be an Achilles to have an Achilles heel.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
1:50 pm

Ok its been fun exposing BuLLdawgs real name and disproving his “last 4 years have not been good” myth (2007 is in last 4 years and UGA finished 2nd in the nation and most believe they were the best in the nation)

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
1:52 pm

But I need to go to Best Buy to pick up a 3D TV. See ya when I get back….just talk among yourselves until then LOL

Zeus

May 13th, 2010
1:52 pm

yeah whatever! I knew Achilles and Mark Richt is no Achilles!

bigdawg

May 13th, 2010
1:54 pm

@meyer

I love how UGA has ONE 5-loss season and everybody all of a sudden thinks the dawgs are completely finished when they still return 10 offensive starters including the best reciever in college football and are actually IMPROVING at quarterback.

who is the only team in the Eastern division expected to IMPROVE from last year…Georgia
UT and UF are predicted to have down years, (as delusional as you are you cant deny that you don’t lose Tebow, Cooper, Dunlap, Wright, Stamper, Spikes, Pierre-Louis, Haden, Moody, Pouncey among others and dont have a down year. as much as you brag about your freshman class lets face it it will be 1-2 years before half of them even see the field. and for Brantley, I wouldnt call one half against Kentucky and one game against Vandy SUFFICIENT game experience.)