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.

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

May 13th, 2010
6:46 pm

Patrick, everyone agrees he is a good coach. I haven’t seen many disagree with that statement other than a few rivals rubbing it in last year and a few disgruntled Dawgs. But I have to disagree with you about Richt being on the same level as Meyer or Saban. I fell that until he can win a NC he doesn’t deserve to be in the same class with them. Both have won 2. For that matter, even on the same level w/ Mack Brown, Pete Carroll, Spurrier, Miles, Tressel, etc. They’ve all achieved the highest accomplishment that a HC in Div 1 football can on the field. That’s just my opinion, but it is shared by many.

Tide Rising

May 13th, 2010
6:56 pm

yeah whatever,

Agreed. Richt has been a good coach because of his overall record. Be happy with that and let it go with all this ranting about how the gators won bcs titles in 06 and 08 cause they “got lucky and we didn’t”. All that matters is that at the end of a complete season when all the dust had settled Florida was no. 2 in the bcs both years. USC losing in the last game of the season as opposed to losing in the 5th game or 8th game or last game doesn’t matter. All that matters is that when all the games were played out UF was no. 2 in the bcs. As for 2002 if you wanted into the bcs title game you should have taken care of business and beaten UF rather than hoping that OSU would lose. An unbeaten sec team would have gotten in over OSU so its your fault that you didn’t take care of business in a year when 2 other teams finished unbeaten. And don’t blame them getting into title games and you not on “luck”. It just makes you look like a sore loser. Dis time I really am outta here!

kb

May 13th, 2010
6:58 pm

If at times you ignore stupidity, It’s lack of attention will cause it to fade away. This refers to the blogger who continues to crave for attention with an array of silly posts. After reading a couple of his posts, I’ve learned to just bypass them altogheter.

patrick

May 13th, 2010
7:26 pm

Tide rising…..actually it would have no effect if UGA beat FLA in 2002 as OSU was not only ahead of UGA at the time of the FLA game but OSU played (and beat) a top ten and a 11th ranked team after the fla game and UGA finished only playin only oneranked team (24 Auburn). No way UGA jumps over a team that beat two top eleven teams in the final five weeks of the season. UGA (like FLA) needed OSU to lose.

17 of 20

May 13th, 2010
7:38 pm

Did you know that since 2001 Georgia wins a conference game 69% of the time? Florida wins 75% of the time and that includes the 3 years of the Zooker.

KM

May 13th, 2010
8:02 pm

LG staying being a turning point that leads to an SEC title? Put down the booze old man. If UGA wins the SEC this year, it will be behind great OL play, a solid running game, and AM not giving games away. So basically the Bama ‘09 blueprint. I guess they actually had a defense though……

If LG gets significant playing time this year at QB or WR, UGA is in trouble.

delaGATOR

May 13th, 2010
8:02 pm

Just how tall [or short] is Murray?

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
8:12 pm

17 of 20
May 13th, 2010
7:38 pm

Did you know that since 2001 Georgia wins a conference game 69% of the time? Florida wins 75% of the time and that includes the 3 years of the Zooker.
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did you know UGA finished top ten 6 of those years to Fla’s 3?

Did you know UGA won 7 bowl games to Fla’s 5?

Delbert D.

May 13th, 2010
8:47 pm

Beware of multiple handles.
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Chip Towers

May 13th, 2010
2:36 pm

“Al E. Gator” and “dave” are the same person using different handles to talk to themselves. FWIW. . . . He also goes by “Bama Stan” and “Hokie Man.”
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Joe 5-Star Recruit

May 13th, 2010
8:48 pm

I would HATE to play basketball at UGA and deal with the coach who won’t let me tweet.

I am glad to be on the football team, where we can grow our corn-rows out, dance to our gansta rap on the sidelines no matta’ the score, straighten out our women when they need correction, get visits from our coach when we in the Clark County Jail, and enjoy our football coaches who know how to make it real.

Paul (You doesn't have to call me Johnson).

May 13th, 2010
9:02 pm

Great dialog between 17 of 20 and Yeah whatever. Eventually Florida may catch UGA in wins and SEC titles ( I doubt it ) I don’t think National Titles should be in the discussion since they are all mythical and dependent on luck. UGA had 9 SEC titles before Florida won its first and Alabama is more noted for its NCAA rules infractions and recruiting violations than its National Titles ( What were those titles anyway?) Florida has been on a good roll over the past 20 years. Can they keep it up?

But Richt needs to step it up. He has the best recruiting base in the country next to USC and Texas.
UGA has more players in the NFL now than any SEC school, more Super Bowl MVP’s than any SEC school ( Jake Scott, Terrell Davis and HInes Ward). With this kind of talent that UGA has first pick, it’s no wonder that they have ended up in the top ten more than any school in the SEC over the past 10 years.

YeahWhateverTheIdiot

May 13th, 2010
9:10 pm

And yes Richt did most of that damage with Jim Donnon’s recruits. He had one good year with his own and since then………….
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He has slid badly and needs to go. Why didn’t you mention he had the number one team in the nation and was scalded badly to Bama, UF, and even YECH! Why not mention his horrid losses to UK and UT last year???
He was very good several years ago but the fact is the SEC has upgraded. Spurrier is now at South Carolina where we can beat him. Saban has talent now unlike the years we creamed him. For all his glory he certainly hasn’t done anything against UF without being unprofessional and calling for the massed celebration (would that be a sin in the eyes of Christ?).

Setting the record straight. I personally was all for firing him last year, but if the DC position was turned down so readily by so many…maybe we better keep him or go hire Vince’s son. Nobody else worthy may want to come to Athens?!

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
9:11 pm

Actually LSU has 57 players in the NFL and UGA has 48 according to ESPN. But 48 is pretty damn good

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
9:13 pm

2005 Richt again won the SEC with his players and in 2007 Richt used his players and finished higher than any UGA squad since 1980…and you call me an idiot?

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
9:14 pm

2005 Richt won the SEC with Richt players not Donnan moron.

He also finished higher than any squad since 1980…you are truly and idiot

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
9:19 pm

In 2008 he finished with ten wins and a top ten finish and a bowl win WITHOUT Donnans players while 18 scholly players (HIS) were out by game three with season ending injuries. Now THATS a piece of coaching

Name another team in the history of CFB with 18 Scholly players out by game three with season ending injury that finished top ten with ten wins…I will wait idiot

Attn: Yeah, whatever

May 13th, 2010
9:21 pm

About Richt’s record vs Big NAME and MNC coaches, sir, you are so correct. He is fabulous vs them. Facts like these get in the way of saying ” UGA lost 5 games, so they are toast.” That might work for most major schools but ………… UGA is the ONLY SCHOOL to win 8 games or more over the last 13 years, with two coachces and soon to be 14 years.

UGA Detractors: Name one school other than UGA to achieve this milestone. Not one can y’all name. If it IS “no big deal”, then UGA is the ONLY SCHOOL to do that. Why are all the other schools “no big deal” and in fact, worse than UGA in achieving this “no big deal” status??? Think about that.

When I write these facts, no one is MAN enough TO CHALLENGE IT BECAUSE IT IS TRUE. One MNC does not make a program. Look at UT and say tech over the last 20+ years. The won it once then went underground for many, many years. Sad ………….no 8 or more over 13 and soon to be 14 years of WINNING> WINNING GAMES ands going to MAJOR BOWLS is the key.

Sugar, Cap One and Outback are UGA’s playgrounds. Urange Bowl once in 43 years is sadly, tech’s. I had one great time in Shreveport. Really fun with family there and playing golf.

Compare “8 or more over 13 years” to golf. Say a golfer novice hits a tee shot that in fact is a HOLE IN ONE. CONGRATS THAT DAY and maybe for a few weeks, depending on what golf club that you belong to. Then, over the years w.o. any significant wins or real great score cards ( like Tech ) you become a laughing stock ……..like UT and tech. AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHHAHAHH AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHHAHA

Season is fasssssssssssssssssst approaching fans. CPJ is in his 3rd year and every 3.5 years over the last 43 years, including Dodd, Tech’s coaches leave.

30-24 and it kills all my tech pals that we physically man handled tech with UGA’s worst team since Goff. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

Marc G

May 13th, 2010
9:41 pm

Typical Georgia fan wishful thinking…

Lane Pimpin

May 13th, 2010
9:48 pm

All Logan will accomplish is to join the now growing group of UGA QBs who never beat UF during their career. Eric Zeier soon will be contacting Logan with a membership application. Dues are waive the first year for the career losers to the Gators.

Me

May 13th, 2010
10:20 pm

Well, it’s a little after 10PM and yes I did…I went back and counted how many posts this “yeah whatever” (AKA Patrick?) dude has thrown up (and I mean that literally) on this blog today and just a quick count yielded……91 POSTS!!!!!!! And that was just under THAT name alone. There were a few others that sure had a strong resemblance. Can we ALL agree that if you spend almost 10 HOURS consistantly spewing crap over at least 91 POSTS(!) on ONE BLOG…that you have used up your allocation and are DONE FOR THE YEAR!!!! Anybody else agree with that?? How about we form an alliance called the “Posters against Patrick” You know… “PAP”…after all his intials ARE P.M.S.!! We could call it a PAP smear campaign….

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
10:36 pm

Hey moron….I have a Droid that I carry with me everywhere that is full HTML compatible…maybe you should get out of the woods hick and realize this world has technology

yeah whatever!

May 13th, 2010
10:39 pm

U even know what a droid is?

Paul (You doesn't have to call me Johnson).

May 13th, 2010
10:42 pm

ESPN is wrong. Miami, 50, Ohio State 48, UGA 47 NFL currant players. LSU and Florida have 38 and Alabama has less than 30

Gator On The Loose

May 13th, 2010
10:48 pm

Turning point, Logan Gray staying, you gotta be kidding.

The QB situation is tenuous at best in athens. Let’s hope CMR can keep these boys off the police blotter – that first game is a nasty one :-) .

Me

May 14th, 2010
12:22 am

You need to put that droid down and go drive a truck or something………

[...] Logan Gray's decision will be a huge benefit for 2010 – as Bill King says: … 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. [...]

Turning point?

May 14th, 2010
6:25 am

As a Georgia fan one has to look a little farther down the road to see a turning point than weather or not one guy chooses to stay or leave. One guy who may or may not have any playing time this year is not the guy to focus on when trying to identify a teams turning point. I will acknowledge a turning point for UGA when they can beat UF, UT, SC, Auburn and Tech all in the same year. That’s when change will have happened for UGA. Everything short of that will just be preseason excitement with a dash of hope.

James T. Kirk

May 14th, 2010
7:44 am

It is a turning point. A point in which the mutt nation realizes they are stuck with bottom tier thrower of the balls, while GT is blossoming with their thrower of the ball talent.

A turning point will be when you quit losing to teams like Kentucky and Vandy at home

May 14th, 2010
10:57 am

yeah whatever!

May 14th, 2010
1:54 pm

what the heck?

Dawg Rule

May 15th, 2010
4:30 pm

With gray staying and the new 3-4 D, the dawgs can make some noise in the SEC east this year.

ca dawg

May 16th, 2010
10:50 pm

it’s a very big deal that he decided to stay, imo. i like the versatility gray gives us at WR and the depth he gives us at QB; the fact that he can throw the ball with reasonable accuracy gives defenses one more thing to think about when he is on the field. they will be taxed as it is (trying to slow down king/ealey, charles/aron white, and aj green on the outside is no easy task), and having gray on the field will stretch them even thinner.