Live from G-Day: Who’s the QB? How’s the 3-4? Et cetera

A view from above during the alumni game. (Panoramic photo by M. Bradley)

A view from above during the dramatic alumni game. (Extremely panoramic photo by M. Bradley)

Athens — Murray, Gray or Mettenberger? The 3-4 as cure-all? And for Mark Richt on a sunny (but not all that warm) spring day, the key question: Sunglasses, hat or both?

We’re here at G-Day, where the masses — as of 12:30 p.m. — have yet to gather. There’s an alumni game ongoing before a gathering of family and friends, and the glorified scrimmage between undergrads is scheduled to commence at 2.

Of interest: Whether Aaron Murray, Logan Gray or Zach Mettenberger will stamp himself as the heir to Joe Cox as No. 1 quarterback, though it must be noted that Murray looked the best of anybody at G-Day 2009 and then didn’t play a real down. Also: Whether the newfangled 3-4 defense implemented by new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will look at all coordinated.

I mention the last part not because I’ve leery of Grantham — I think he’ll do fine — but because I well recall the Georgia Tech spring game of 2008, when Paul Johnson’s spread option looked utterly dysfunctional. (There was a fumble on the first snap, you might remember, and many thereafter.) But that offense yielded a victory over Georgia in Year 1 and an ACC title in Year 2.

So I guess what I’m saying is: You can’t tell much from spring games on the best of days, and on some days you can’t tell anything at all. But they’re fun, kind of, to watch. And I’ll be here all day, watching and reporting, and I welcome your comments, questions and advice for Todd Grantham. Please join me. And I thank you in advance.

Oh, and if you’re a stickler for details: The Red leads the Black 13-12 after one half in the alum game. And Bill Stanfill, interviewed during intermission, just asked a key question of his own: “Where’s the beer?”

307 comments Add your comment

NRBQ

April 10th, 2010
1:06 pm

Anybody know where to watch on the web?

NRBQ

April 10th, 2010
1:07 pm

(notice my restraint?)

BostonDawg

April 10th, 2010
1:08 pm

The restraint is appreciated…and a website to watch online would be as well.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
1:08 pm

Your restraint is noted, NRBQ. I guess you might try Georgiadogs.com.

DedicatedDawg

April 10th, 2010
1:09 pm

See…… you can tell that Bill Stanfill is a real football player…… where’s the beer or “pound the Budweiser!” Oh……. that’s from Jim Bouten’s Ball Four!!

Opinion

April 10th, 2010
1:12 pm

UGA football, actually UGA anything makes me want to puke

Opinion

April 10th, 2010
1:14 pm

UGA football a dominate program with only 2 National Championships in 100 years????

That must make Tech football America’s team with its 4 National Championships !!!!

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
1:14 pm

Also noted, Opinion.

Hollyweird Dawg

April 10th, 2010
1:20 pm

You can watch the G Day game on ESPN3.com. FYI.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 10th, 2010
1:20 pm

J.J.M.

April 10th, 2010
1:22 pm

here we go with the spam

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 10th, 2010
1:24 pm

http://www.espn3.com Are the Drunks trashing the campus yet? Sorry HOLLYWIERD was better at typing and listen on WSB 750. Want to see if a bad Din the 4-3 can be a good D in the 3-4 or if BOBO still SUCKS.

J Clay

April 10th, 2010
1:25 pm

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 10th, 2010
1:28 pm

I pray all the guys come healthy and safe. Richt don’t let then get to excited and Party themselves all the way to Athens-Clarke County daycare for the weekend.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
1:40 pm

The teams — actually, the team — has taken the field.

Scott

April 10th, 2010
1:45 pm

Tried to watch on ESPN3.com but I get a message that it has been blocked in my area. Thanks Comcast!

Jeauxseph

April 10th, 2010
1:50 pm

yeah, with you Scott. Thanks Earthlink.
Was planning on flipping UGA/Masters coverage.
However, http://www.masters.com offers coverage for everyone. Live right now. Thank you Masters, IBM, Exxon

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
1:54 pm

What is ESPN3? I’m embarrassed to say I’m unfamiliar with that entity.

FalconUGAFan

April 10th, 2010
1:57 pm

Gee POAD for a sec, I thought you were going to show some class by posting the web site. Clearly I was wrong.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 10th, 2010
1:58 pm

ESPN3 is the new Espn360 MB new markiting and name. Thanks for the chance to be better FALCONugaFan.

FalconUGAFan

April 10th, 2010
2:02 pm

You still missed the point. Have a great day, POAD.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:05 pm

Richard Samuel isn’t playing. Had a concussion in practice.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:06 pm

And here’s the opening kickoff.

No, wait. No kickoff in G-Day games. Just taking the ball at the 20. Logan Gray starts at quarterback.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:07 pm

Brook Whitmire on the public-address microphone.

Gray’s first snap: Completion to Tavarres King.

Rheumatism

April 10th, 2010
2:08 pm

Blacked out on ESPN3 in ATL…go figure.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:08 pm

Washaun Ealey short gain.

Robert in MN

April 10th, 2010
2:09 pm

ESPN3 follows similar blackout rules to other sports…. if you are in Atlanta and can get CSS you will be blacked out…

FalconUGAFan

April 10th, 2010
2:10 pm

About the only time it pays to be in DC. No UGA blackouts

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:10 pm

Gray’s second pass is tipped and then dropped. The 3-4 was a 4-2 on third-and-long, you might be interested in knowing.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:10 pm

Drew Butler punts the ball about 2 1/2 yards. Whoa.

Bumble Bees Yay

April 10th, 2010
2:11 pm

Just like a UGA hater, uneducated and bad grammar, PI$$ marketing is spelled with an E. You usually have a decent opinion on here but I guess today is your PMS day. lol Have a great day and lets see some separation from one of the QB’s so we can move forward with him.

Rheumatism

April 10th, 2010
2:11 pm

Prediction…Black out aside. Offense under Gray drives a little, stalls. Under Aaron, drives and scores 2. Under Mettz, drives a little and scores 1. Defense looks better against the run than the pass. Blitz often with 4 sacks.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:12 pm

Aaron Murray completes his first pass. Short gain to Rantavious Wooten.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:13 pm

Aaron Murray sacked. Although not actually sacked. Not allowed to tackle the quarterback.

Rheumatism

April 10th, 2010
2:13 pm

Someone call me when its over to tell me I was right, please.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:14 pm

Dontavius Jackson, reserve running back, pops a draw.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:14 pm

Murray overthrows Rhett McGowan deep.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:15 pm

So far the pitchers are ahead of the hitters, so to speak.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:17 pm

Logan Gray throws behind A.J. Green.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:17 pm

Mark Richt doing radio right now. Up in the booth.

RxDawg

April 10th, 2010
2:19 pm

Logan’s first pass is a completion. He’s our man!!!

Ealey is playing?

UGA ALL THE WAY

April 10th, 2010
2:19 pm

Why hasn’t Mett thrown any yet?

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:19 pm

Another four-man front. Gray completes a pass to Green.

nola dawg

April 10th, 2010
2:20 pm

mark – you remember the first play of last year’s G-day? It was a flea flicker … Cox to AJ. And Joe under-threw it by about 10 yards. It was at that exact moment, i thought, oh boy, this guy does not have a big time, SEC type arm.

Even though it was a 4 yard out… that ball zipped out of A Murray’s hand. Much more like Statford, etc… He just seems to have the “it” factor as well…

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:20 pm

Long gain for Carlton Thomas.

unicoidawg

April 10th, 2010
2:20 pm

What radio station is carrying the game????? CSS sux…….. I can’t get CSS here and we are still blacked out.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:20 pm

I remember the play, Nola. But thanks for the reminder.

Pi$$onaDAWG

April 10th, 2010
2:21 pm

I was under the impression WSB750 was but I can’t get it on-line it is NASCAR go figure.

Mark Bradley

April 10th, 2010
2:21 pm

I’m told by Tim Tucker that all the usual Georgia radio stations are carrying the game.

NRBQ

April 10th, 2010
2:22 pm

Thanks for the pbp, Mark.

No internet or radio coverage in Augusta, short of paying 90 bucks for Gxtra.