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

bigdawg

May 13th, 2010
1:59 pm

@sure patrick whatever you say buddy

I find your point that Florida is our biggest rival interesting…

we may be YOUR biggest rival, but OUR biggest at least to me is either UT or GT

and yes I would have said that in the 80s as well.

The Urban legend

May 13th, 2010
2:02 pm

bigdawg,

The chickens are supposed to be improved given that they have 19 starters back. As for us we are not rebuilding. We are reloading and if you don’t believe that then take a look at our recruiting classes the last few years and look at our monster recruiting no. 1 ranked class coming in the fall. 3 of the top 4 rated defensive lineman in the country coming in the fall.

CHDawg

May 13th, 2010
2:03 pm

Great news. We need to use Logan at receiver and run him on a lot of end arounds, giving him the opportunity to run or throw. Rolling out is his strength and running is his big threat. Use him to enhance the team’s capability. That helps the dawgs, keeps him interested, and adds another threat package to the offense. It also gives him playing time with the ball in his hands, should Murray get hurt.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
2:07 pm

Big Dawg…I dont recall saying Fla was our biggest…

Zues…now THAT was funny

The Urban legend

May 13th, 2010
2:11 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.”

No. What I’m talking about is the tv cameras and Buck Belue and the commentators talking about all the Georgia fans leaving midway through the 4th qtr when Kentucky took a one score lead. Buck was particularly disgusted because the game still hung in the balance. You’re saying that dog fans left in the first half because it was a blowout in Georgia’s favor and dog fans didn’t want to stay around for mop up duty as you call it after a day of drinking. I got news for you. That is a lie.

Georgia was never up by enough points for the game to be a blowout. How could the game ever have been a blowout if Kentucky tied it and then took the lead in the 4th qtr? Georgia might have been in the lead at the end of the 3rd but if so it was only by a couple points or by one td at the most. That’s not enough to be calling in the reserves for “mop up” duty.

Bottom line is that Kentucky started laying the wood to the dawgs, you quitter dog fans were being humiliated, and you up and quit on your time. Ask Buck Belue. He’ll tell you so as he was totally disgusted.

The Urban legend

May 13th, 2010
2:15 pm

Patrick,

Is Willie the chihuaha your dog or is it the “You quiero taco bell” chihuaha your dog? Hardy hardy har har!

Albert the Alligator

May 13th, 2010
2:23 pm

Bigdawg you might be returning 10 starters on offense but other than AJ and Orson the rest sucked so who cares if they are coming back.

17 of 20

May 13th, 2010
2:24 pm

Did you know that since 1980 when Georgia won their one and only National Championship they win 65% of the conference games they play in? This is good for 3rd place in the conference during that span of years.

The Ol Bawl Coach

May 13th, 2010
2:25 pm

Gray will be the starter after Murray throws 4 pics in Columbia because he could’nt see over the line.

Urban

May 13th, 2010
2:26 pm

Patrick I am not good at stats. Could you give me the breakdown on my SEC record as opposed to CMR’s?

The Urban legend

May 13th, 2010
2:43 pm

Patrick,

This is the other Urban. Can you also break down how many sec titles I have in 5 years vs Richt in 9 years?

Could you also break down how many bcs championships I have in 5 years vs Richt in 9 years?

Last, could you help me out on my head to head record vs. Richt?

Oh, one more thing. How many 13 win seasons have I had in my 5 years at UF? Is it 3?

How many 13 win seasons did Richt have in 9 years at UGA? Get back to me when you compile those numbers.

how2fish

May 13th, 2010
2:57 pm

Glad Logan is staying, he makes us a better team. I will be even happier when the season starts and STATS aren’t the only thing we seem to be able to discuss.

Brandon Spikes

May 13th, 2010
3:01 pm

I miss Logan already, he throws such a catchable ball.

how2fish

May 13th, 2010
3:07 pm

Brandon Spikes enjoy your cup of coffee in the NFL..you eye gouging piece of rotten Gator meat you…your a disgrace to the entire SEC? Have a nice day.

Brandon Spikes

May 13th, 2010
3:35 pm

how2miss

It will be enjoyable in the NFL, but I will miss not only Logan but Ealey who was man enough (unlike whining dawg fans) to say it was no big deal. It will be nice though when I play my buddy Tebow and can knock Knowshon on his back again. hahahahahaha this is so funny ridiculing pathetic pups.

DawginLex

May 13th, 2010
3:44 pm

Try not to get arrested Brandon.

Your gaytors are gonna miss Tebow too.

no Tebow=No title

how2fish

May 13th, 2010
3:50 pm

Brandon Spikes you’ll never make it on the field in a regular season NFL game..face it your slow,fat and without his linemen pulling him off off you Ealey would have stomped a county wide mudhole in your over rated butt..but I hope Tebow does well…he is everything your not.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:02 pm

The Urban legend
May 13th, 2010
2:43 pm

Patrick,

This is the other Urban. Can you also break down how many sec titles I have in 5 years vs Richt in 9 years?
=====================================

absolutely…in Meyers first 5 seasons he has 2 SEC titles

In Richts first 5 seasons he has 2 SEC titles

Next question

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2010
4:04 pm

Brandon Spikes needs to try it just once. Then, no more Brandon Spikes in the NFL.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:07 pm

the BCS championship you backed into due to USC and Mich losing (having nothing to do with you) you mean that BCS championship?

The one where you wer 12-1 and needing two teams to lose to get unlike Richt when he was 12-1 and needing one team to lose?
You mean that BCS championship?

Hey Urban…………remind me of how many SEC titles UGA has compared to Fla

Hey Urban remeind me of how many unbeaten untied seasons Fla has in its history

Hey Urban remind me of how Fla’s record is in bowls compared to UGA all time and in last 9 years and in last 4 years?

Get back to me when you compile those numbers.

I will help

UGA 12 SEC titles..Fla 8

UGA 6th best winning percentage in bowl in history…Fla losing bowl record

UGA 7-2 in bowls last 9 years…Fla 5-4

UGA has won four in a row…Fla 2 in a row

Next question

Gatorbait 17-3

May 13th, 2010
4:08 pm

Gray coming back will do absolutely nothing to help the dawgs beat Florida. Georgia will be double digit underdogs to the Gators with 2 and possibly 3 SEC loses. Until the dawgs cut Mr. Nice loose they will be average at best.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:09 pm

Oh I forgot….UGA has multiple unbeaten seasons to Fla’s ZERO

Gatorbait 17-3

May 13th, 2010
4:12 pm

Patrick, aka “yeah whatever!”, how did you get out of the mental ward
so soon. These are the same posts you have been making for a year and a half.
Go get a pill and chill.

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2010
4:14 pm

Either you are, or you’re not….

“No Thomas Brown…

I am not breaking it down into 2 segments. Richt didnt leave and come back. His whole tenure is considered.”

2:43 pm

Patrick,

This is the other Urban. Can you also break down how many sec titles I have in 5 years vs Richt in 9 years?
=====================================

“absolutely…in Meyers first 5 seasons he has 2 SEC titles

In Richts first 5 seasons he has 2 SEC titles

Next question”

Same question (please answer it this time; I’m curious now) -”Can you also break down how many sec titles I have in 5 years vs Richt in 9 years?”

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:15 pm

Gator bait…….same stats apply so its no use changing them unless you would like me to lie and change facts to support your version of reality

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:17 pm

Delbert………….Meyer has not coached 9 years…so to have a fair coparison you have to use his five years and Richts first 5

both have 2 SEC titles during the same time frame of the coaching tenure.

Is this that hard to understand?

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:18 pm

Meyer has nt coached more than 5 years in the SEC I should say…beating up on mid majors dont count.

But if you look at entire record Meyer has 2 SEC titles in 10 years to Richts 2 SEC titles in 9 years

Gatorbait 17-3

May 13th, 2010
4:18 pm

Patrick, the only record that counts is Richt vs the Gators (2-7) and Richt vs Meyers (1-4)

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:22 pm

Surely you are not going to consider his 2 Mountain West titles when comparing the level of talent Richt has coached against in the SEC to Meyer first five years at B Green and UTAH

So to answer your question even better

Meyer has been a HC for ten years…he has 2 SEC titles

Richt has been HC for 9 years he has 2 SEC titles

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2010
4:22 pm

That isn’t, but the comparison you are avoiding (unusual, since you refused to split Richt’s tenure before) is what has Meyer done in 5 years and Richt has done in 9 years. Statistically, how many should Richt have by now based on his first 5 year’s accomplishments?

Gatorbait 17-3

May 13th, 2010
4:22 pm

If Alabama had its pick of coaches between Meyer and Richt, who do you think they would take—end of discussion.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:24 pm

Gator bait………I never said his record against Fla is good.

But his traditional rivalry Auburn and GT he is 14-4 Fla only recently became a rivalry

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:26 pm

Delbert
You cant compare Meyer and five years to Richt in 9 years…You have to use comparable time frame…Meyer has only been a HC in the SEC for five years…we dont know how he will do in his next 4.

So in the frame that is available…five years…Meyer has 2…Richt has 2.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:27 pm

Gatorbait 17-3
May 13th, 2010
4:22 pm

If Alabama had its pick of coaches between Meyer and Richt, who do you think they would take—end of discussion.
=================================

Really?

Nick Saban went 6-5, 6-6, 6-6, 7-5 at Mich St.

He went 8-5 at LSU 2x

He went 7-6 at Alabama.

Saban has gone 5-3 or worse in conference 8 times.

Richt has only gone 5-3 or worse in conference 3 times in his first 9 years.

Compare that to Saban’s record and consistency in his 1st 9 years.

Richt has NEVER had a 7-6 or 6-6 season, Saban’s done it 5 times, including once at Alabama.

Gatorbait 17-3

May 13th, 2010
4:27 pm

Patrick,

To say Meyer has been a HC for 10 years and only has 2 SEC titles is beyond stupid. You are truely nuts.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:27 pm

also, Richt is 3-3 against him

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:28 pm

ummmm he has been a HC for 10 years…and he only has 2 SEC titles….how is facts being nutty?
What was incorrect?

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:29 pm

he was HC at B Green for 2 years…no SEC title
He was HC at UTAH 3 years…no SEC title
he has been coach at Fla for 5 years …2 SEC titles

10 years…2 SEC titles…whats nutty about the truth?

Gatorbait 17-3

May 13th, 2010
4:30 pm

Patrick,

What’s your point? Saban had nothing to do with my statement. Read this real slow———–IF BAMA HAD IT CHOICE OF HEAD COACHES BETWEEN MEYER AND RICHT, WHO WOULD THEY PICK———-GET IT NOW?

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2010
4:30 pm

I understand that, but it’s an unsatisfying answer to one who extrapolates based on previous results. But then again, I’m much more familiar with probabilistic assessments that have 1 in 10,000 / per year as a goal.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:32 pm

Meyer in ten years as HC he has 97 wins…less than 10 wins a year average

Richt in 9 years has 90 wins (that with a collapse last year) a 10 win average

Yep less than a ten win average is better than a ten win ave…How silly of me

How many of you have ever gone to

May 13th, 2010
4:32 pm

Amazing with this banter back and forth. UGA is just a school, like Auburn or Tech or Florida or UT or Ole Miss or LSU. Give me a break. Me thinks that the haters are JEALOUS.

Think about this: IS THIS all that you whiners have going on in your lives? I am retired and I STILL fill me day with other things.

I am convinced that 85% of you all have no job, no life, no education and sit and plink away all day long. Did any of you attend any major school? I will count U of W Ga too or Valdosta State or G Southern ……….did any of you??

If/When UGA wins or loses, we go home, re load and look forward to the next game. I have done this since the mid 1960s and I am simply not obsessed with this subject like you clowns. Get a life and go to college. geeeeeeeez.

Gooooooooooooooooooooooo Dogs. Sic em!

Gatorbait 17-3

May 13th, 2010
4:33 pm

Patrick,

When your doctors sees this post he is going to double your meds and take away all you computer time–

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:29 pm
he was HC at B Green for 2 years…no SEC title
He was HC at UTAH 3 years…no SEC title
he has been coach at Fla for 5 years …2 SEC titles

10 years…2 SEC titles…whats nutty about the truth?

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:33 pm

Gaitor bait…other than backing in to a NC due to USC and Mich losing….Meyer has less than a ten win a year average

Richt has a ten win a year average

I believe ALA fans (since Richt is 3-1 against them) would pick Richt

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2010
4:33 pm

Jim Tressel has 4 NCs. Won on the field.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:34 pm

Gaitor bait…sorry facts dont support your reality….

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
4:37 pm

Delbert…no NC is won on the field…all are awarded…Since the BCS an invitation to play in that Bowl is awarded. Not “won”

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2010
4:39 pm

Yeah, I know. I read the whole 124 pages. But Tressel won 4 NCs on the field. Div. 1AA . Unfortunately he can’t ever repeat that at Ohio St., since the best he can do is a National Poll Chapionship.

Gatorbait 17-3

May 13th, 2010
4:45 pm

Patrick,

Why do conveniently forget that Meyer has 2 National Championships, Richt ZERO.
And don’t go whining about how Georgia was cheated out of their chance to go. The following year that were the consensus #1 and we all know how that turned out.

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2010
4:56 pm

Based solely on # of SEC championships won divided by opportunity in years as an SEC head coach,
the probability for Urban Meyer winning an SEC championship is 40% and for Mark Richt is 22.22%.

It’s not nearly that simple, but evaluating probabilities (or odds) that are frequently posted on thes blogs use such simple data for prediction.