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

Gatorbait 17-3

May 13th, 2010
4:59 pm

Hey Patrick you genius, since you are so in love with records, try this
one on pal. How many 13-1 seasons has Richt had in his last 9 years————ONE
1 OUT 9. How many has Meyer had in his 5 years? THREE, that’s 3 out of 5 years pal
How about 2004, his last year at Utah:

Overall
12-0 record
12 wins is the most in school history
First unbeaten, untied season at Utah since 1930
16-game win streak ties the school record

One last thing to keep you quite, he is the only coach in history to win 13 games,
in back to back seasons. Think about that.

DawginLex

May 13th, 2010
5:05 pm

No Tebow=no title

Wait and see.

Gatorbait 17-3

May 13th, 2010
5:09 pm

Brantley beats Georgia easily, and by the way the Gators won the National
Championship is 96 without Tebow-it can be done.

Brandon Spikes

May 13th, 2010
5:09 pm

Oh boy! We play 16 games in the NFL. That gives me several more games to gouge eyes. Woo Hoo! When’s the first game!

DawginLex

May 13th, 2010
5:21 pm

You mean 1996 when visor boy backed into the title by LOSING to your arch rival on the last game of the regular season? The lucking up and getting to play them again.

no Tebow=No titles

Write it down
book it
Bet the ranch
Bet the farm

Your coach isn’t even healthy enough to be coaching. He needs to stop before it kills him. Seriously. You don’t mess with that.

DawginLex

May 13th, 2010
5:23 pm

Tebow=Florida’s Herschel

You might not go 20 years like we did but it’s gonna be awhile.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
5:26 pm

I didnt forget about Meyer and 2 BCS titles…I clearly pointed out that he had no more to do with getting in than Richt had being left out…both needed circumstances out of their control to happen. One got it..the other didnt..thats the only difference

and did you really just use Meyer’s mid major record to compare a nine year tenure in the SEC ?Really????

In ten years (half against subpar competition in a mid major confeence) Meyer averages 9.7 wins a year

In the hardest conference in CFB and there for 9 years Richt has managed to average 10 wins.

10 wins a year average all the while in teh SEC is MILES better than 9.7 a year when half was against the likes of Kent State, Miami of OHIO, Akron, Eastern Mich, and Northern Ill.

I mean he couldnt average ten wins against those guys and Richt has a higher average over the same time coaching in the SEC against ALA, Auburn, Tenn and AZ St, FSU, VT etc etc etc.

Puhleese

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
5:28 pm

I am really impressed with backing into a NC because another team lost and his awesome record against Akron….yeah he is da bomb

Lance

May 13th, 2010
5:35 pm

You guys should know by now, yeah whatever likes to troll, he does not like to stay on focus with the blog topic. He tries to thwart theblog writer’s purposes.

Ok, back to the topic for the real bloggers.

I would say it’s one of many turning points Richt has made during this off-season, the firing of his 3 defensive coaches being the biggest one, but yes, if Gray beats out Murray and has a huge year, or if Aaron get injured, it was a big turning point.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
5:38 pm

Lance…….UGA blog……Richt is UGAs coach……not off topic.

Now you using an ad hominem attack “He is a troll” hoping to spark an argument not related to UGA (me being a troll) makes you the very definition of a troll.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
5:39 pm

the topic of an UGA blog is UGA…not my being or not being a troll. Since you just did what you accused me of doing (going off topic to discuss me) makes you a what?

Tide Rising

May 13th, 2010
5:41 pm

Gatorbait 17-3,

Who would Bama fans choose between Meyer and Richt. I genuinely admire Richt as a coach and as a good Christian man. And us Bama fans for the most part root for Georgia in the east over Florida and UT. UT we hate as our 2nd biggest rival and Florida we have to pull against because they’ve been so dominant for 20 years. We need the dogs to try and counterbalance Florida’s power in the east.

But I digress. Back to your question. 99% of Bama fans would much rather have Meyer. It aint even close. The remaining 1 % we would just beat them up for being stupid. Its nothing against Richt but to me how do you argue with 2 bcs titles in 5 years and a 3rd year of finishing 13-1? How? Their is no argument. Meyer is hands down a more successful coach and that doesn’t even factor in his building of the Utah program into a formidable football team.

I like Richt and I’m pulling for him to get it together and present at least some semblance of a challenge to the gators in the east. I’m especially pulling for them this year since if we win the west it would be especially difficult to beat UF once let alone twice in one season if we win the regular season game. Beating UF twice in one season is a lot to ask so I would rather play UF once and then play Georgai in the seccg.

I just don’t have any confidence in Richt anymore. I think his window of opportunity was in the early 2000s when we were decimated from probation and UF had the Zooker. As it stands now that window has closed. Its clear to me that the dogs program is in major decline. The team completely lacks focus and discipline not just on but also off the field. As for recruiting Georgia has had good classes but lately the gator classes especially this year have been nothing short of incredible.I hope I’m wrong but probably not. I just don’t see Richt ever beating Meyer again and while Richt will hold onto his job this year and win 10 games because of an easy schedule that division will be dominated by UF for years to come. Sorry if this offends dog fans. Its just the way I see it.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
5:50 pm

Tide Rising……show me the poll that you used to reach 99%

Oh you cant? I wonder then….did you just completely make up a stat…we are trying to be factual in this debate….save your personal feelings on the matter…show the poll or admit making it up

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
5:52 pm

so 99% of you would pick Meyer.

Richt is 3-1 against you

Meyer is 1-2 against you

Meyer is under ten wins a year on average (half was against Akron and the like)

Richt is at ten wins a year on average against the SEC

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
5:52 pm

99% of you not y’all…you

O-Town

May 13th, 2010
5:54 pm

Lance-

I agree, Logan could be a big turning point, but it depend son what he does this year.

Einsteindawg

May 13th, 2010
5:54 pm

Bill, thanks for your article and I know it’s difficult to come up with a challenging topic each time, but…………….. Logan Gray staying at UGA and being a turning point is like giving a walk-on (although they deserve it) a scholarship and it being a turning point. A real turning point would be for Richt to admit that he needs help. Just my opinion.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
5:55 pm

how do you argue with 2 BCS titles?

How did he get there?

What did he do differently than Richt to get there?

Both were 12-1 and a SEC champ and needing help to get in by a team (two for Fla) on the last week losing.

Meyer didnt beat USC or Mich…did he?

tinyness.

May 13th, 2010
5:55 pm

amazing, yet again, how florida and alabama fans LOVE to comment on uga sites.

Guys….we know of your teams greatness. National championships galore.
Heisman Trophies….star coaches….

Your constant blathering on how UGA will always be crushed under the greatness of your teams is the internet equivalent of men who drive outlandishly big trucks or really really expensive sports cars….it is usually to make up for deficiency in other areas.

As for LG being a turning point? I will say that it is nice to see SOMEONE being unselfish and thinking TEAM first. I don’t know if that will translated to wins….ask me in December….

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
5:56 pm

so you are saying Meyer getting a NC by default (someone else doing something to put him in) makes him better than Rciht…who needed the EXACT same thing to happen?

Gatorbait 17-3

May 13th, 2010
6:04 pm

Patrick,

Yeah, Tide Rising probably did pick that number (99%) without a poll, he was only trying to emphasize how stupid you statement was that Bama would pick Richt because he is 3-1 against them. You truly don’t get it do you? Only an idiot would pick Richt
over Meyer

Tide Rising

May 13th, 2010
6:08 pm

yeah whatever,

No poll. Totally my opinion and not factual but it seems to be shared by just about every fellow Bama fan that I know. If you could in fact take a scientific poll though I think its pretty obviously our fans or any other team’s fans would vote overwhelmingly for Meyer, particularly in light of his 4-1 record head to head over richt.

As for Florida or anybody getting lucky to get into a national title game its a silly point. For that matter any team that starts out ranked #3 or worse is lucky because in order for them to eventually move up to #2 the teams in front of them have to lose. Looking back at all the teams that started the season ranked in the mid to late teens and won a national title by moving to no. 1 or no. 2 you can make the argument that they were all lucky that the 15 or so teams in front of them lost so that they could gradually climb the rankings. Its an absurd point really.

true tide fan

May 13th, 2010
6:08 pm

I dont think want a guy that complains of chest pains only after losing his bid at a NC and considers quitting because of a loss…or a guy that dresses down a reporter doing his job…or a guy the lies to each employer saying I am staying no matter what then up and leaves as he did at B Green and Utah.

Naw I will take Mark anytime

Ben

May 13th, 2010
6:09 pm

Wow, your homering knows no bounds. Logan Gray is a complete bust. Period. Our coaching staff has a serious problem in the talent evaluation dept. Total whiff on gray. We watched joe cox for 4 years in practice and thought he could play? He had the arm strength of a high school sophomore. I wonder how many walk ons saban has offered in his time at bama? I bet the answer is zero and we give out three in one week. I’m fed up with the gimmicks,blow outs and overall softness of the program. You’ve got to be mean and nasty to win in the sec and we’re neither. Keep writing puff pieces…

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

May 13th, 2010
6:11 pm

Patrick, I think we’ll agree that we’re glad you love coach Richt so much. I have one question for you though. If Richt is as great as you say he is, then why do you have to get on every blog you can find everyday to sell his accomplishments and try to tear down the accomplishments of his rivals?

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
6:11 pm

well well well…..

I see there is at least some intelligence coming out of the crimson state.

Not to mention a better winning aver in games per year…in bowls… and more top ten finishes 6-3

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
6:12 pm

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don’t take no jive!
May 13th, 2010
6:11 pm

Patrick, I think we’ll agree that we’re glad you love coach Richt so much. I have one question for you though. If Richt is as great as you say he is, then why do you have to get on every blog you can find everyday to sell his accomplishments and try to tear down the accomplishments of his rivals?
==============================

If by “tearing down accomplishments” means posting facts then what would you have me do…lie to make their reality fit?

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

May 13th, 2010
6:14 pm

Why not just say that the best team won? That’s how I feel about Bama last year. They beat my beloved Gators and desrved the trpohy. You still didn’t answer my question. Nice dodge though.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
6:15 pm

Fact………Meyer didnt do anything more than Richt to get invited to a BCSNC…both HAD TO HAVE a team ahead of them lose on the last week….

should I change the reality by saying Meyer used the Jedi mind trick on USC to have them lose to UCLA?

Me

May 13th, 2010
6:16 pm

Patrick…why don’t you use you’re real name. You’ve done on here before. Is it because people have caught on to you’re tired act and you have lost all credibility??? Even Dawg fans are sick and tired of your statistical spew.

Tide Rising

May 13th, 2010
6:17 pm

yeah whatever,

Come to think of it perhaps I exxagerate. You might get 10% of Bama fans who would rather have Richt over Meyer. But that would be because a lot of Bama fans admire and respect Richt because of his Christian values and the fact that he’s a very likeable man. But going solely on record, accomplishment, head to head, bcs titles, etc. Meyer wins hands down. Why is that so difficult for you to accept?

If 90% of dawg fans told me they would prefer Richt over Saban I would have no problem with that. Saban is gruff, all business and not a friendly, personalable guy like Richt. That’s fine with me. I don’t care. All I care about is that he put us back on top, he’s restocked the talent base, and that he runs a disciplined program where only 1 player has been arrested in the past year. I’m more about the discipline of not having guys continuously getting arrested and embarrassing our program than anything else and so I’m fine with Saban even if does agitate the news media people.

You’re happy with Richt who I think is a fine coach. Good for you. I like Richt also. I just think Meyer is a much better coach and between the 2 I would take Meyer in a heartbeat. No reason for you to get upset about it.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
6:17 pm

Why do I get on these blogs?….I sat here for months listening (reading) to half truths and outright lies about records and Richt ability…I could not take it any more and decided to correct the misinformed. How am doing? Can you point to a SINGLE error on any comment I made?

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

May 13th, 2010
6:17 pm

Fact….Meyer won his division, conference and the NC.
Fact….Richt did not.
Still dodging the question. If he is so great, why do you feel the need to try and sell him like a telemarketer?

Me

May 13th, 2010
6:18 pm

Or maybe Patrick you can just use your initials…P.M.S. Says it all, doesn’t it??

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
6:18 pm

If by “being upset” you mean posting fact…..then I am upset.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
6:20 pm

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don’t take no jive!
May 13th, 2010
6:17 pm

Fact….Meyer won his division, conference and the NC.
Fact….Richt did not.
Still dodging the question. If he is so great, why do you feel the need to try and sell him like a telemarketer?
=============================

in 2002 UGA won its division and conference and needed OSU to lose

in 2006 Fla won its division, conference and needed two teams to lose (Mich and USC)

No difference

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
6:21 pm

So Richt didnt win his division or conference in 2002???? Well then…who did? LOL

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
6:23 pm

both needed help on the last week of their 12-1 seasons to get in

Myer averages 9.7 wins a year against teams like Akron

Richt ave 10 wins a year all in the SEC

Richts squad has finished top ten 6 times

Meyer’s squad has finished top ten 3 times

No contest

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

May 13th, 2010
6:24 pm

Patrick, you will never sell EVERYONE (especially rivals) on ANY coaches ability. Everyone is entitled to thier own opinion. Mine is that Richt is too soft to win it all. He can change that and I think he is trying to (finally). The fact of the matter is that most of his damage was done when the SEC was somewhat watered down with Shula at Bama, Zook at UF and UT on the delcine with Fulmer. Once again, I think he can change that beacuse UGA is a great school, tons of fan support and an excellent area to recruit from. He just needs to instill more discipline and accountability.

Me

May 13th, 2010
6:25 pm

Man, who is selling who like a telemarketer?? That’s what they do, get on the phone talking crap at 90 miles an hour about how they’re pproduct does this and that while not getting to the bottom line. You know, the bottom line… Richt 1-4 against Meyer, 2-7 vs Florida. NO…Not bringing up something he did 5 or 6 or 9 years ago in order to “sell” your story. You know, beating around the bush to make the sale…like a telemarketer.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
6:26 pm

last week of 2002 Richt and UGA was ranked 3rd in the BCS needing OSU or Miami to lose

Last week of 2006 Meyer and Fla was ranked 4th in the BCS and needed 2 of three teams to lose (Mich and USC did)

Did Meyer use teh Jedi mind trick on USC and Mich causing them to lose? If not then he had no more to do with getting in than Richt did on being left out

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
6:27 pm

Ok I answered your question…answer mine…did Meyer use the Jedi mind trick on USC and Mich?

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

May 13th, 2010
6:27 pm

Patrick, as I said earlier, the SEC was watered down in 2002. Still was in 2004 when Auburn went undefeated. I’m not saying that either one of those teams couldn’t have won the big game. They didn’t get the chance because thier conference wasn’t as strong. When Richt can do it with Saban at Bama and Meyer at UF then trust me he’ll get his chance. So far, he has shown that he can’t compete on the same level with those teams…..and it’s gotten worse the last 2 years in a row.

One, two, free, fo, fi, dem der Gator don't take no jive!

May 13th, 2010
6:29 pm

No mind tricks. Just crystal trophies!

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
6:29 pm

SEC was watered down????

simply by you saying it does not make it so…

also, UGA was 3rd in the BCS on the last week of the season REGARDLESS of whether the SEC was or was not watered down and had OSU lost (like USC and Mich in 2006) UGA would have gone to the BCSNC

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
6:31 pm

so how was he responsible more than Richt for getting in the BCSNC to get that trophy if he had nothing to do with Mich or USC losing with the exact same record and teh EXACT same circumstance needed?

How is he better at getting a NC than Richt when both needed a team to lose that they didnt play?

Tide Rising

May 13th, 2010
6:32 pm

yeah whatever,

I think we’re all in agreement that everybody is happy with Richt as your coach. Most dawg fans are still happy with him. I’m happy with him cause I like the guy and think he’s a good Christian man. I follow the dogs secondarily since I’ve lived in Atl for 20 years. And the gators are happy with him because they differ with you on how good a coach he is and they want him to be around a long time. If I were a gator fan I guess I would be happy too and I don’t say that as a smart aleck. I say that in the same way that AU fans loved Mike Shula and were hoping he would be the Bama coach forever. Richt just has to prove the gator fans wrong in their giddiness over having him as coach at UGA. And if Richt is as good as you think he is then I’m certain you’ve no doubt that he will turn the tables and begin immediately dominating Meyer the same way Meyer has dominated him. So everyone likes him and wants him to remain at UGA albeit for different reasons. Peace and love. I’m out.

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
6:33 pm

in 2002 the conference being weak or strong had nothing to do with it…OSU not losing did…UGA was 3rd in teh BCS and OSU was 2nd…. separated by .75 points. Had OSU lost UGA would have been in. No SEC team has ever lost a BCSNC and last I looked UGA is in teh SEC

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
6:35 pm

So your entire premise is that Meyer is better at getting into a NC due solely on USC losing? How did Meyer get USC to lose? What did he do directly to control that?

NOTHING

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
6:36 pm

Tide Rising…he is not good because I say he is, he is good because of his record.