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

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
11:18 am

1eyedjack,

I think he is banned. Either that or his teacher caught him in the library on the computer and sent him to the office.

1eyedJack

May 6th, 2011
11:25 am

DawginLex, we need to capture him alive and confiscate his computer so we can get the names of the other obnoxious trolls before they have time to retaliate.

Bill King

May 6th, 2011
11:30 am

DawginLex:

It’s not the same guy as yesterday.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 6th, 2011
11:30 am

Antonio,

The QB (LeMay), doesn’t need to know the playbook, just signal in the plays everytime. Now, how in the good lords name does that make any sense. If he doesn’t know the play, are we suppose to take a delay of game penalty while some player on the field explains what the play is suppose to be for LeMay? What good is it going to do to signal in the play if the QB doesn’t know what it is? Dang, I am an old man, but even I can figure out that one out. LOL.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 6th, 2011
11:35 am

Bill could ban the Ip address if he so choses to do so. One of his fellow journalist does it all the time, by the name of Jennifer. She had an article about Hines Ward getting arrested in L.A. and when people came on there with insulting and racist remarks, she banned them by their IP address, as she stated in the blog. The reason most journalist don’t do this is quite simple. Hit count is the game. It justifies the article to the editors and insures a good traffic count for the web site. These web sites get expensive when you have a big site, with constantly changing stories. Can’t say as I blame AJC or Bill for not doing it.

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
11:41 am

Bill,

so he got on another computer at the school library?

It’s the same guy spewing the same nonsense.

Of course the same could be said about all of us depending on your point of view…………….

G1

May 6th, 2011
11:53 am

Stats comparing Aaron Murray to David Greene or Matthew Stafford? True, Greene & Staff did well in their 2nd year as a starter, but they were both terrific QB’s, Greene 2nd winningest QB, Staff went #1 in NFL draft. Murray hasn’t done enough to earn that league yet. Don’t forget, Shokley did great in his 1st year as a starter and won 10 games, so that proves that myth is a myth. Shokley was also drafted in the NFL. These are 3 NFL calibre QB’s.

truedawg

May 6th, 2011
11:57 am

Can’t blame a guy for wantign to talk about the dawgs…is there a better topic in football? He was raised to be someother fan and now is growing up and asking questions..”why do i have to hate UGA?” They have more class, and more history ..I’m jealous!!” ITS GREAT TO BE A GEORGIA BULLDOG

Better Dawgs!

May 6th, 2011
11:58 am

This site needs handles. Not sure why you would allow this go on this long???

AltamahaDawg

May 6th, 2011
12:16 pm

I’m sure the opposing MLB would be glad to whisper to him what those hand signals mean.

Alabama | MrSEC.com

May 6th, 2011
12:23 pm

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AltamahaDawg

May 6th, 2011
12:24 pm

Give Bill a break. He doesn’t make the rules, and we got some sleep-aid to sell here people!

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
12:25 pm

G1,

It is a proven fact, not a myth that Richt never wins less than 10 games while HC at UGA when he has a returning starting QB. Shockley doesn’t disprove these facts, he supports them because he played a lot in 2004 and actually started a game vs GT. So he too was actually a QB returning who had started for UGA the prior year.

Murray had never played before 2010.

This year he will be a returning starter so I expect the minimum 10 win trend to continue.

G1

May 6th, 2011
12:26 pm

It concerns me that Stafford led offense got bout 36 points a game against ranked teams in 2007, it dropped to 15 points a game last season with Murray. Down from 20 with Cox, where Cox had the same offensive line and receivers and backs as Aaron Murray. Comparisons of Murray to Stafford are far fetched, 36 points a game against ranked teams vs. 15 with Murray? That’s 20 point gap. Stafford & Greene also had much better win totals in their 1st year as a starter than Murray.

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
12:29 pm

He’s back………………

AltamahaDawg

May 6th, 2011
12:34 pm

So that is Stafford’s second year with Knowshon outscoring Murray’s freshman year with Carlton? Hmmm. I’m starting to formulate a plan here.

G1

May 6th, 2011
12:37 pm

Murray is a better comparison to Joe Cox, since they both had the same offensive line, receivers and backs. Cox went 8-5, Murray 6-7. Cox threw 60% of his td’s against ranked teams, Murray threw 20% of his td’s against ranked teams. I do think Lemay will end up being ‘the guy’ at UGA, likely by the 3rd game.

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
12:38 pm

You don’t need to be concerned G1.

Just accept the facts.

1.)All of your ideas are stupid.
2.)All of your stats are lies
3.)You are not welcome on this blog

Just accept it. Breathe. Live longer.

G1

May 6th, 2011
12:44 pm

Got to get better QB play against teams with winning records.

UGA QB’s have got between 15-19 td’s against winning teams from 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Dropped to 8 td’s against winning teams in 2010 with Murray.

That’s got to change fast, or UGA needs a new QB.

AltamahaDawg

May 6th, 2011
12:44 pm

Is is true that they took down the Hooters poster from the hall of the tech freshman dorm and put a chart of the UGA-Vs ranked teams breakdown?

Or does the average Georgia fan just who how “we” did in those so casually?

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
12:46 pm

You don’t need to be concerned G1.

Just accept the facts.

1.)All of your ideas are stupid.
2.)All of your stats are lies
3.)You are not welcome on this blog

Just accept it. Breathe. Live longer.

G1

May 6th, 2011
12:51 pm

I’ll give Murray credit, 5 of his 24 td’s were legit, against ranked teams. Need to see more of that kind of production when it really counts, not against the Vanderbilts, obviously.

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
12:53 pm

You don’t need to be concerned G1.

Just accept the facts.

1.)All of your ideas are stupid.
2.)All of your stats are lies
3.)You are not welcome on this blog

G1

May 6th, 2011
12:54 pm

Really, really, really liked Lemay’s Spring.

70% completion rate.

Threw a td every 4 passes.

And had a game winning drive as a true freshman in front of 45,000 fans on G-Day, with all the pressure on him.

Also like how Lemay beat Independence at home, for the 1st loss of Indep at home in over 20 years.

Lemay won’t crack against Florida, he’ll be ready for the challenge.

Rufus

May 6th, 2011
12:57 pm

Who’s Hutson Mason ?

Redacted

May 6th, 2011
1:00 pm

Altamaha – Yeah, we who how we did.

G1

May 6th, 2011
1:00 pm

If UGA starts out 0-2 with Murray, as I suspect, and Richt goes with Lemay, Lemay will get Richt to 9 wins. If Richt goes 2-0 with Murray, then he should stick with Murray and get to 9 or 10 wins. Either way, Georgia wins a bunch. Only way Richt loses, is if Murray goes 0-2, and Richt doesn’t change.

AltamahaDawg

May 6th, 2011
1:02 pm

Might want to check that TD stat again.

DawginLex

May 6th, 2011
1:06 pm

You don’t need to be concerned G1.

Just accept the facts.

1.)All of your ideas are stupid.
2.)All of your stats are lies
3.)You are not welcome on this blog

Just accept it. Breathe. Live longer

AltamahaDawg

May 6th, 2011
1:09 pm

Or at least get it right.

You are 27% innaccurate when trolling with TD stats in winning blog reports.

just me

May 6th, 2011
1:28 pm

This might already have been brought up, but don’t forget about QB Mike Tamburo that is transfering from Boise St. He probably won’t ever be a season long starter, but he should fill that need for an extra back-up QB that will allow us to skip signing a QB in 2012. I linked the article from early march about the transfer.

http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2011/03/11/qb-mike-tamburo-to-transfer-from-boise-state-to-georgia/

Illinois Dawg

May 6th, 2011
2:51 pm

Rufus:

Who is Brookwood High School?

1eyedJack

May 6th, 2011
3:14 pm

Lord, I am thankful that we don’t have to depend on Tevin Washington at QB.

Well Bill, everybody’s lookin’ for answers…

Were gonna have at least six QBs come reportin’ time.

We got us a matched pair of pigskin kickers.

As for the athletes….front seven is gonna be some kind of fun to watch. Hopefully they’ll make our secondary obsolete.

Keith Marshall, John Theus, Geno Smith, Jordan Jenkins, Josh Clemons, Joe Harris, Jonathan Taylor, Vadal Alexander…. hot dang, we gotta sign those boys to a big fat contract! Hell’s bells, Mr. King, if we don’t the goldarn competition will!

As for the O-Line, now you may call it an unreasoning optimism. You may call it obtuse. But the plain fact is we still have three months of conditioning and twenty-nine practices to get them fellers hard and in sync. They’re mostly four-star Seniors and Juniors with an odd Sophomore thrown in for flavor. We just need to start feeding them a little gun powder around the Dawg Days of summer and they’ll be ready to blow up the Tater Tots.

Inside the 10 yard marker let’s line up Boo behind Figgins in a Power-I with two tight ends and god bless the strong safety.

We’ll be back on top again soon. Don’t think for a minute you’ve heard the last of the Georgia Bulldogs!

Randall H.

May 6th, 2011
4:53 pm

Isn’t there something a little more relevant to report at this time?

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 6th, 2011
5:30 pm

I can’t get over the fact that people seem to blame Murray for UGA’s record last year as if he was playing all 22 positions. I didn’t realize he was the nose tackle we so much needed last year, or when he played in the secondary, he bounced off of people who had the ball, and couldn’t stop a pass from being completed.
And darn it, on offense he always fumbled at critical times, and if he had only blocked better for himself, we would never have lost. And if he was only a little taller, A. J. Greene would not have missed those first four games. And to fumble the ball when they had Colorado beat, he should be punished severly. And if he had only gone for that fourth down and inches instead of deciding on a field goal, we could have put that game away also.
The only thing Murray was guilty of is trying too hard sometimes to carry half the team on his shoulders, because they were playing so poorly as a unit. That folks, is also what is called leadership and Murray showed that a lot last year. With an improvemnt by a lot of folks on this team, Murray will be a very good QB and he surely can lead UGA. They just need to support him more by playing like they are capable of doing. His stats. compared favorably to the good QB Alabama had last year. If you don’t believe it, look at the stats. for the two and you will see the simularities.
No QB is going to transfer out of UGA this year and LeMay is far from ready to assume the QB role and take it from Murray. Mason will not transfer because it would not be a real gain on his part, sitting out a year, not even being able to practice with the team he would transfer to. He is the most capable back up that UGA has at QB and I expect we will see him some and not just in a mop up role. If he were going to traqnsfer, he would have done it by now. To transfer now, just means he will become a fan and have to learn the system where he transfers to, pretty quick or another year passes him by.

GO DAWGS

dogs seem a little sensitive today on this blog

May 6th, 2011
6:07 pm

look what you dog spanky posted on the recruit blog…classy!

Looking ahead

May 6th, 2011
8:36 pm

Assume at least a couple of QBs will do a “Nettenberger” and be dismissed. Murray will have his head handed to him by SC. At least one of the QBs-in-waiting will flunk out, so you need to sign some more players.

And then there’s Richt, the crappiest excuse for a coach in the SEC.

Dreamin'...

May 6th, 2011
8:38 pm

We’ll be back on top again soon. Don’t think for a minute you’ve heard the last of the Georgia Bulldogs!

Dream on, dawgtard.

Fernando Appleyard

May 6th, 2011
10:25 pm

Funny thing is we ain’t gonna need any engineers pretty soon. Obuma has killed NASA and sold off Chrysler. He’s working on killing Boeing and the oil industry. Lockheed will be next. How many engineers does it take to build concentration camps comrades?

Ya’ll better get to work on an efficient solar panel or electric car. Won’t be much call for engineers in the new Global World Order, unless you count agricultural engineers. Ya’ll got that program over there? Be a hundred engineers fighting for the job of the guy that sits in the bucket on the side of the truck and paints stripes on the highway.

Meanwhile your gridiron squad sucks and is going to suck next season also.

AltamahaDawg

May 6th, 2011
10:58 pm

Did I read Richt just offered the Camden Co. QB for 2013?

ugab

May 6th, 2011
11:40 pm

Since MR lost the other coaches players he has lost it. We need QBs. Most of all we need OL and Dl to win in the SEC. not qbs rbs.

Dawg Whisperer

May 7th, 2011
12:23 am

Everyone has an opinion and no one’s opinion counts except for the UGA coaches. No need to get bent out of shape over any comments on this blog. When coach Richt starts taking advice from any blog, it will be time for him to find greener pastures. He isn’t exactly fretting over the QB situation at UGA. Most SEC schools would like to have this depth problem.

bbitto

May 7th, 2011
1:07 am

METTENBERGER got himself in the Dog house.Nobody made him do it.He made a costly stupid mistake and it cost him big time.He could have very well been the no 1Qb at Georgia,but he screwed up.Murray is no1 and it is his job to lose.If the other Qb’s want playing time then they need to work there tails off and try to impress Coach Richt and play as a team player and not an individual.People do get hurt including Qb’s.

warpath1

May 7th, 2011
7:47 am

Ga has a good trio of Q-backs with Murray, Huston, and LeMay. Marshall out of Wilcox can also play Q-back if necessary. Truth is there isn’t a Q-back Ga has offered in the class of 12 that is as good as Marshall so that gives us 4 signal callers. Also just offered the Ramsey kid out of Camden Co. this week and he’ll be one of the top Q-backs in the southeast in the class of 13. Ramsey also said Ga is at the top of his list of where he wants to play. Being all of this I don’t see Ga making the Q-back slot a priority this coming season. Unless someone gets hurt they are other places GA can just schollys.

Chaddd Scottt: will work for food

May 7th, 2011
7:56 am

They should recruit a new head coach. 31 years and counting.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 7th, 2011
8:50 am

I am not sure UGA can get a quality QB for 2012 with the guns we already have. I can’t see a highly rated QB wanting to be a 4th on the list type of guy when their High school coaches make them believe they are God’s gift to football when they are playing.
Would seem to me it is hard to recruit a QB right now, when the only sales pitch you can offer him is, we need a backup. With the three we already have, will a young man, unless he just wants that red and black uniform so bad, be willing to maybe wait in line for possibly three year or more to play meaningful ball. There just aren’t that many around like Greens understudy, with that much heart and dedication.
Kids these days grow up in a society where they believe in instant gratification and are not taught patience and a lot of loyalty. Sacrifice is not a word they are familar with, sad to say.

Matt

May 9th, 2011
12:52 pm

Lemay needs to redshirt. Mason needs to realize there is probably a reason that UGA was the only big school that offered him. If he wants to transfer then transfer, our team is not weakened with no Hutson Mason on it.

dawgfacedboy

May 9th, 2011
12:53 pm

I would redshirt all QBs if possible. They need to get used to the speed of the game and grasp the playbook. If you have the numbers why not redshirt them.