Should Georgia skip signing a quarterback in 2012?

An interesting question has been raised by Gentry Estes over at Dawgs 247, which has reported that Georgia does not plan on signing a quarterback in its 2012 recruiting class.

If that’s the case, it would be a little unusual, as most schools feel it’s prudent to sign a quarterback every year. After all, more than one QB can get hurt in one season (just ask Ray Goff).

Estes, who thinks the decision not to sign a QB in 2012 makes sense, points out Georgia has a talented young quarterbacking corps led by redshirt-sophomore Aaron Murray backed by true soph Hutson Mason and true freshman Christian LeMay, that there will be plenty of QBs to choose from in the 2013 class, and that space is limited in UGA’s 2012 class.

And, of course, there’s also incoming signee Nick Marshall, who was a quarterback in high school, though he plans to play defense at UGA. An emergency spare, you might say.

So Georgia looks stocked for the next three or four years, especially when you consider that one of the backups is likely to redshirt unless needed this season.

But that in itself could be a sensitive issue. When asked by Bulldogs Blog recently about whether he might redshirt, Mason called it a “sticky situation” and said, “I’ll evaluate myself and my situation when it comes to that time. … I haven’t thought about it much because I don’t want to make an impulsive decision right here and say I wish I did [redshirt]. It would probably be something I would have to sit down and think about what’s best for my future. I don’t want to say yea or nay right now.”

And there’s always the chance one of the backups could get antsy waiting behind Murray and decide to transfer. There’s already been some speculation that, with LeMay considered the heir apparent, Mason might eventually consider transferring. Go a year without signing one, then lose a QB to transfer and the Dogs suddenly could be thin at the position again.

What do you think? Should Georgia skip signing a quarterback in next year’s class, or is it always a good idea to add one more?

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248 comments Add your comment

Preston

May 5th, 2011
8:22 pm

people could call you a moron for your opinion too D! Have some class.

UGASlobberknocker

May 5th, 2011
8:29 pm

I think we should recruit a top flight QB every year..because we wont get one every year. If we skip 2012, then strike out in 2013..then where are we? plus players end up leaving for one reason or another or dont pan out. Mettenberger is good example.

supposedly Ga is in the running for 4 of the top 6 QBs according to Rivals. We need to get one.

bwkdawg

May 5th, 2011
8:33 pm

I think not getting a quarterback in this class is a smart move for one this will be a small class and not a strong year for QB’s in the peach state, Lambert is one of the only one’s I can think of and most feel he will sign with bama. 2013 will be a much better year for QB’s in GA. I think there are other positions we can use more depth in than QB.

Snoop Dawg

May 5th, 2011
8:59 pm

The Bulldog Nation needs to worry about UGA’s lousing coaching staff instead of these intellectual excursions about whether to use a scholarship on a QB next year. It’s really irrelevant with the likes of Richt and Bobo driving the bus.

2 field goals and a cloud of Bobo

May 5th, 2011
9:16 pm

Snoop Dawg is right about the coaching staff.

Richt and his merry men

May 5th, 2011
9:48 pm

Sure, why not sign one more moron. the more, the merrier.

Barf

May 5th, 2011
10:00 pm

Braves win 4 in a row!

Preston

May 5th, 2011
11:09 pm

Look at this possible scenario: Murray gets hurt, Mason gets thrown into the fire with a backup that doesn’t even know the play book yet. I know that by the time they sign the next class that LeMay and Mason will have a much better grasp of the play book but it still leaves us too thin at the position. You go after quality QB’s every year! You reload and restock talent EVERY year—ESPECIALLY AT QB!!!

Still@theBAR

May 5th, 2011
11:10 pm

Does it really matter? Bobo will still coach him down and call crappy plays. Hutson Could walk into Bill Curry’s office and PLAY right away. He could go to South Carolina and get a BETTER look at playing time too. HUTSON a UGA degree ain’t nothing that special and if you are the Starting QB at any school you can fine plenty of good looking easy chicks just like at UGA.

Rolo

May 5th, 2011
11:18 pm

Why is Lemay the heir apparent? Mason is world better and ahead of this trouble maker.

KB

May 6th, 2011
12:14 am

Never pass on signing a good QB. We need to focus on getting stud O-linemen so whoever is QB is protected, but, if a good QB wants to gome to UGA then sign him.

When UT was in their prime UGA always had better QB’s, RB’s, WR’s etc but UT whipped us every year on the line of scrimmage. Ditto for Bama. Last time we played UA we had Stafford, Moreno, Green etc and Bama beat us like a drum.

UGA will never be top-tier until we improve our O-line recruiting.

RED DOG 77

May 6th, 2011
1:32 am

@ Rolo……..Guess you never got any in high school, huh? too bad the kid got caught………and while Mason is quite talented, Christian Le May was the #1 qb out of high school when he did come-out……and when he learns the playbook, should look alot like DJ Shockley……..Le May is a lights-out qb………and Hutson Mason is probubly the best back-up qb we’ve had in years………RED

StatesBurr

May 6th, 2011
2:20 am

OK…. Read what Orlando Ledbetter says about UGA:

D. Orlando Ledbetter
May 5th, 2011
5:42 pm
HJones — Ok, I know some people who call UGA the “Iowa of the SEC.” You know, they’re not Ohio State (always 1 or 2). But they are Iowa (when every so often). Great attendance though

A-Ville Ranger

May 6th, 2011
3:04 am

It would be hard to turn Gunner Kiel away if he wanted to come. That said, if we can’t get a truly top prospect, and that seems unlikely considering we may have our starters for the next 5 years, skip 2012.

UGA FRIEND

May 6th, 2011
4:38 am

In the article above, quotes from Mason indicate that he (the player)will make his decision about red shirting. Does the tail way the dog at UGA? I thought the coach makes this decision.

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2011
7:57 am

lemay will redshirt and will be better for it. look for him to be the starter his last two years of college.

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2011
7:58 am

and uga will recruit at least 1 qb every year as just about all good teams do.

Chris

May 6th, 2011
8:04 am

Bill, does Hines Ward have any elijibilty left.

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
8:20 am

i bet Marshall would play QB if he had to and would do a great job.

Just saying

May 6th, 2011
8:26 am

Marshall will be the best QB in town the day he arrives in Athens.

bwkdawg

May 6th, 2011
8:36 am

I don’t think any top prospect would look at our roster and see himself playing anytime soon, so I think we would only be able to sign a qb who will never see the feild. We have enough back ups and this will be a small class I say use that sholly for o-line or d-line.

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
8:41 am

BTW,thanks to my supporters. I try to be a DGD but the TROLLS bring out the S GA inner redneck in me and make me want to fight……………

Just saying, Marshall will be the best athlete when he arrives in Athens but it takes more than that to play QB at Georgia.

Calhoundawg

May 6th, 2011
9:01 am

@DawginLex and all “real” Bulldog fans, winning the East should (key word “should”) run some of these two-minutes-of-fame babies off the blogs for a while. I try to just skip over the pseudo-intellectual posts which appear to try to seriously dissect what is and has been a very static QB situation at UGA for a while now. They do, however, make me laugh from time to time. I also try to skip the inane posts which ramble on about Bobo, the play calling, Richt’s on the way out, etc., but some of those are kind of funny, too. Well, that doesn’t leave a whole lot of serious discussion about Bill’s question by honest-to-goodness Bulldogs fans, does it? Anyway, I am so damn pumped about the Boise State opener in the dome. It’ll have the feel of the glory days before we started slipping to 9 and 8 and 6 win seasons. BTW, I loved this offering from Bleacher Report on why the Dawgs will win the East. Obviously, we don’t know that they will, but the “ten reasons” also fit into the “why we should be a better team” category, in my opinion. God, how I want to make it through the off season with ZERO arrests for any damn thing! Check out the link — Go Dawgs !!!!!

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/688826-college-football-predictions-2011-10-bold-reasons-georgia-wins-sec

T-Dawg

May 6th, 2011
9:23 am

Another loaf from Tide “roll:” “Let Mason transfer and move Murray to wide out.” Brilliant

Antonio

May 6th, 2011
10:04 am

DawginLex, must you mention trolling in every post you write? Get a new topic. Stick to what Bill’s writing on.

Back to the matter at hand.

I do think Lemay is already better than Murray, certainly will be in 1 more year, max. Georgia could just signal in the plays from the sidelines for Lemay, until he learns the playbook like Auburn did with Cam. Then trust his instincts.

Burning Question

May 6th, 2011
10:12 am

The question is… does UGAg need to sign any more morons on a team already loaded with low class, illiterate morons?

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
10:30 am

Antonio=Greg=valley vince=ken=TROLL

I’ll say what I want to Antonio. Truth is, no one wants you on here.
You are a big waste of space.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 6th, 2011
10:31 am

Antonio,

Lemay better than Murray? Then Comparing him to Cam. Yeah your a smart cookie. Cam was 22, not 18 when enrolling at Auburn. Cam had just one a JUCO Title before enrolling at Auburn. Cam had seen what Saturdays in the Fall was like at Florida. What has Lemay done? Sat, sat, and sat for well over a year. Please do not state he is better than Murray then follow it up with a comparison to Cam. It just makes you look dumb.

Antonio

May 6th, 2011
10:33 am

Hey Bill King,

Can you put DawginLex back into timeout, he’s qwriting about trolling in every post again, or better, just ban him, none of us care for his childish posts. You’ve had numerous complaints, we all try to be nice to the guy, but he doesn’t get it.

My suggestion worked for Cam Newton, why doesn’t Georgia try it out? I don’t think Auburn winning a Championship is a program worth avoiding.

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
10:34 am

Never was in timeout. To be in timeout, you have to be banned which hopefully is about to happen to you and your multiple handles.

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
10:35 am

lowcountry,

Ignore the TROLL Antonio/Greg/Ken/Valley vince.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 6th, 2011
10:36 am

You cannot compare where Cam was in his maturity and skill progression when enrolling at Auburn to where Lemay is now. It is Apples II Oranges.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 6th, 2011
10:37 am

DawginLex,

The lunatic fringe of all fanbases and even our on make the AJC blog sites a joke.

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
10:43 am

Lowcountry,

Don’t you just love the idea of taking a kid who hasn’t taken a live snap in a game in over 2 years and put him as starting QB in the GA Dome on national TV against Boise state? All this while you have the best returning QB in the SEC standing on the sidelines watching??

The brainpower to come up with that is mind blowing.

This same clown also insists that Mettenberger “transferred”.
He also insists that Logan Gray should have started at QB and that he will be the instant starter at CU this fall even though he is going to play wide receiver.

You can’t make this up.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 6th, 2011
10:51 am

Its staggering! To think that some who state this are actually fans of the program! I am not the smartest guy in the room, but let me tell ya I try and look at the program from a rationale point of view. Was Murray perfect last year? No, but he was a Freshman and showed that he has a high ceiling. It is typical football, the most popular player on the team is always the backup Quarterback.

Also DawginLex remember back at CMR days at FSU? FSU always had talented QB’s. They all waited there turn to run the team. CMR already has a precedent at UGA with Shockley. Shockley waited his turn and he benefited mightly from it. Won a SEC Title and is revered a a DGD for waiting his turn and showing loyalty. Isnt that what UGA fans want from the players? Loyalty. Give the kid Lemay a chance to get his feet wet in the program before anointing him the starter, or saying he will transfer if he doesn’t. How in the heck do we know that?

It is incredible how some inviduals just dont have a flipping clue!

AltamahaDawg

May 6th, 2011
10:53 am

The only thing remotely the same about the Lemay and the Newton situations, is that thier Mama loved them very much.

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
10:55 am

Lowcountry,

also some encouraging stats posted yesterday regarding UGA under Richt when he has a returning starting QB. Never less than 10 wins………..

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 6th, 2011
10:57 am

I think that UGA has more pressing needs coming up this recruiting class than QB. We have depth at that position and I do not see any of them transferring. They would have to sit on the bench for a year anyway if they did. That is a no win situation for the one who does it.
As for all the negative posters on here. Once again, you prove that you are scared to death at what you are going to be facing when you do play UGA in the future. Why else would you feel the need to come onto a blog concerning UGA and spout your crap. You just manage to make yourselves look like idiots and prove that you are jealous of UGA. Worry about your own teams as I am sure the coaches of those teams are worried about UGA. You change names, and throw insults at UGA, more often than you probably change your underware. There is a mental condition that is called compulsive obsession. Perhaps some of you need to see a shrink, as I am sure there is a medicine that can be given to control your need, to make a fool of yourself on these blogs. I am just curious though, if you act like this outside of a blog. Maybe you caretaker controls you better in real life.

edumacated

May 6th, 2011
10:58 am

I don’t know if I’m a “true” fan, but I do love to follow Georgia football. That being said, I have absolutely no faith in Richt turning this thing around. Even if we have a great season, I have just seen too many things lately that points to a wreck of a program. I don’t need to list them all because everyone on here has observed the same things. I think if Richt was running this program at a lesser school, say South Carolina, he would be getting his butt handed to him weekly. Talent goes a long way, but it won’t take you all the way. Great players plus great coaching wins championships. Plain and simple. (see Florida) We have great players at Georgia, so that must mean……..

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
11:01 am

edumacated,

Richt has to win in 2011.

It has been beat to death on these blogs and others.

It is rumored that he could get fired if he starts 0-2.

No one really knows except Richt and McGarity.

To me, he gets a pass to try and fix it this year. I’m encouraged that the kids are not getting into trouble and with the defense in the spring game.

It is all speculation and guess at this point and we have beat it to death.

I hope he pulls it off because it will get ugly if he doesn’t.

edumacated

May 6th, 2011
11:08 am

I’m rooting for Richt. Believe me. I don’t want to go through a rebuild with some new guy. I also agree that he should have gotten the pass. Out of the gate, the man was awesome, no doubt about it. His good credit is almost used up though. He has to beat Florida. I’m tired of those guys. Otherwise, bring is somebody who can. Ohio State did it when they canned Cooper’s butt for Tressel, all because of the Michigan rivalry. That worked out pretty good till now.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 6th, 2011
11:11 am

CMR has the talent this year and the schedule lines up for him to turn this thing around. The team has way to much athletic talent to be down once again. If that happens, hey my but will be on him, but I dont think it is going to happen. I see a 9-3, 10-2 type of regular season within reach.

Saban

May 6th, 2011
11:12 am

Well what is the point.

More daddies losses to Florida and a blow out loss to Coastal Carolina at homecoming.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 6th, 2011
11:13 am

NOTE—- See some UGA do NOT predict National Titles EVERY year! LOL!

Saban

May 6th, 2011
11:13 am

Boise State 50 Dawgs 8

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
11:14 am

Saban,

Don’t you have some checks to write?

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
11:15 am

Still waiting on Saban to annie up on the first game bet.

Boise by 42?

There may not be 42 total points scored in the game.

1eyedJack

May 6th, 2011
11:16 am

Antonio, I need my pool cleaned. Probably sitting at his mama’s computer in his Yoda jammies and Darth Vader helmet.

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
11:17 am

Arkansas 28
Bama 24

LSU 17
Bama 14

Miss St 20
Bama 17

Off with his head!!
Put wheels on that statue!!
Bring back Mike Price!!
All that top talent and can’t win a national title!!

1eyedJack

May 6th, 2011
11:17 am

Western Carolina 50 Yeller Jackets 8. Sounds just about as stupid.