‘Very impressed’ with QBs, Richt plans to rank them soon (PLUS: scrimmage notes)

(Scrimmage statistics are here.)

ATHENS -– After Georgia’s second scrimmage of the spring Saturday in Sanford Stadium, coach Mark Richt said: “Today, you walk away feeling like we’re in good shape” at quarterback.

Three quarterbacks battling for the starting job — Logan Gray, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger — shared snaps, as they have throughout spring practice. And by all accounts from the intra-squad scrimmage, which was closed to the public and media, each of the three had a strong day.

“I’m not going to get into any pecking order today,” Richt said afterward. But he said, for the first time, that coaches will come up with a quarterback depth chart after spring practice concludes.

“We’ll rack ‘em where we think they are,” Richt said. “We won’t necessarily say, ‘This guy is the starter,’ but we might give a 1-2-3. We might give a co-No. 1 and a 2.  . . . We’ll give some kind of indication of where we think they stack up going into the fall. . . . I just think it would be good at the end of the spring to give everybody a feeling of where we think they are.”

Richt added that he doubts “very seriously” he’d go so far after spring ball as to “say someone has won the job.”

Whatever the depth chart reveals, Richt acknowleged that Mettenberger will not start the season opener against Lousiana-Lafayette on Sept. 4 because he faces a suspension of at least one game under UGA Athletic Association policy for his alcohol-related arrest near Valdosta last month.

In Saturday’s scrimmage, Murray completed 13 of 19 passes for 159 yards and one touchdown, Mettenberger 10 of 16 for 126 yards and two TDs, and Gray 7 of 11 for 111 yards and a touchdown. Murray and Mettenberger threw one interception each, Gray none.

“The quarterbacks, I was very impressed,” Richt said. “They just had a very good command of what was going on out there. They moved well in the pocket. They made nice scrambles. . . . The throwing and catching, I thought, was outstanding. . . . Very accurate, just all of them, putting the ball on the money.”

Richt apparently wasn’t the only one impressed.  “Some of the officials [working the scrimmage] even mentioned, ‘You guys are really throwing the ball well,’ ” Richt said.

Said Gray: “It seemed like our whole offense, QB’s included, just had a pretty solid day.”

“The offense was real good today,” Murray said. “I think we had our best day.”

The quarterbacks apparently have no inside information about what a post-spring depth chart might look like.

The coaches “haven’t really given us any insight or let us know yet,” Murray said. “They’ve done a good job of rotating us and making sure we had equal time with the first team and second team and stuff like that. So I really couldn’t say who’s where right now.”

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More from the scrimmage:

  • A.J. Green said he was “about the second best” receiver on the field — behind Kris Durham, who caught three touchdown passes. Green had six catches for 80 yards,  and Durham, who missed last season because of shoulder surgery, had four for 74. “From day one, I know he’s going to be a weapon,” Green said of Durham. “The question is, can he stay healthy?”
  • Georgia’s top tailbacks have minor knee injuries. Caleb King sat out with a strained knee, and Washaun Ealey got only five carries before calling it a day with a bruised knee. King and Ealey said their injuries aren’t serious and that they should be ready to go in next Saturday’s G-Day intra-squad game. Carlton Thomas got a heavy workload at tailback in the scrimmage, gaining 93 yards on 16 carries.
  • A defensive highlight was a leaping, one-handed interception by cornerback Vance Cuff in the back of the end zone. The Murray pass was intended for Green.
  • Overall, Richt said the defense “didn’t have as much success as during the middle of the week, although they made some big plays at the tail end of some drives that really were impressive.”
  • Richt was pleased by the scarcity of penalties –- just one against the offense and three against the defense. Two days earlier, practice had been marred by excessive penalties.
  • Offensive lineman Austin Long, who missed his freshman season last fall after back surgery, has been cleared to lift weights for the first time since the surgery, Richt said.

Richt expects word by Monday on taxi incident.

Click here for scrimmage statistics.

196 comments Add your comment

how2fish

April 3rd, 2010
1:47 pm

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how2fish

April 3rd, 2010
1:47 pm

Great to know we will at least start the process of naming a starter prior to the regular season kickoff!

UGA student

April 3rd, 2010
1:50 pm

11Dawg

April 3rd, 2010
1:50 pm

I think any of these guys will be fine.

UGAVIII

April 3rd, 2010
1:51 pm

I bet Murray and Mettenberger will bo co No. 1 with Gray at 2. That way, they will have released a depth chart but told us nothing we don’t already know.

DawgFan

April 3rd, 2010
1:58 pm

UGAVIII, I completely agree with your post.

THWGT!!!!!

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RomeDawg

April 3rd, 2010
2:07 pm

Anybody standing out on the defensive side of the ball?

Mike S

April 3rd, 2010
2:11 pm

Combined with last weeks stats, here is where the QBs stand after 2 scrimmages. definately looking like a 2 horse race now.

Aaron Murray – 23 Comp 34 Att 284 Yards 1 int 2 TD 67.7% Comp
Zack Mettenberger – 17 Comp 26 Att 283 Yards 2 Int 3 TD 65.4% Comp
Logan Gray – 13 Comp 25 Att 148 yards 1 Int 1 Td 52% comp

One of these things is not like the other.

Beaverchaser

April 3rd, 2010
2:14 pm

Mike, are you sure Murray didn’t throw 2 picks total for both scrimmages?

zino

April 3rd, 2010
2:15 pm

I am digging Murray’s 3 rushes for 37 yards. That will help!

cory chastain

April 3rd, 2010
2:15 pm

i defenetly think logan should go ahead and switch to reciever. Theres no way hell beat out arron or zack.

paul

April 3rd, 2010
2:19 pm

I think Richt wants a dual-threat QB this fall. So my guess is it’s going to be Murray #1, Gray #2. Hard to discount Gray’s experience in the program and his athleticism. From AJ’s comments, Gray has been excelling in practice and leadership. That counts. Mett will likely face a multi-game suspension, all but taking himself out of the QB race with his off-the-field decision making.

The stats are not just scrimmages, but all of practices too.

frankly

April 3rd, 2010
2:21 pm

A QB completing 60% of his passes = an outstanding year for the Dawgs.

take jake

April 3rd, 2010
2:22 pm

Bobo wants to push Coach Richt to be decisive and give him a CLEAR #1 going into the Fall so Bobo can get the QB max reps to get his guy ready for the fall. Richt’s indecivieness has really put Bobo behnind the 8 ball in past seasons. We can’t keep doing the same dumb stuff over and over. Tried that, didn’t work, can we LEARN from past mistakes??

JMart

April 3rd, 2010
2:23 pm

Dual, triple, quadruple threat – it doesn’t matter. Richt wants the guy that can best help the team win games.

Better start looking...

April 3rd, 2010
2:23 pm

Better start looking for another QB for next year…if these coaches don’t have a favorite by now, then none of these guys are good enough to be starting QB’s in the mighty SEC…or, the coaches are so wishy-washy that they want to delay the inevitable of having to set down the three and deliver the news…are they afraid of hurting someone(s) feelings…aren’t these the tough decisions the kind that a SEC caliber coach is expected to make…are they waiting for a train-wreck to occur by one of them, thus making their job easier…tell these kids the truth NOW, so that they can transfer if they so choose…they turned this into a soap opera…what a joke

take jake

April 3rd, 2010
2:24 pm

A qb throwing less than 4 interceptions = great year for UGA

suwanee steve

April 3rd, 2010
2:28 pm

here we go again..UGA’s QB stink…UGA will be doomed next year…blah, blah, blah, heard it all before back in 2001 & 2006. UGA finished in top 3 both times the next year.

Nothing new. we’ve heard it all before from UGA-Haters.

JMart

April 3rd, 2010
2:28 pm

take jake WTF are you talking about???

take jake

April 3rd, 2010
2:33 pm

bama’s qb threw 4 int’s and they won the natl champ.

that’s what i’m talking about.

if wqe have good accuracy but throw 17 int’s again, it’s not accuracy that has hurt uga, it’s turnovers

Poopy Pants

April 3rd, 2010
2:36 pm

“…we’ll rack [the quarterbacks] where we think they are…”

Rack the quarterbacks? Sounds dangerous. That might not be a good idea, Richt.

cory chastain

April 3rd, 2010
2:42 pm

MY PREDICTION FOR 2010

Louisiana /W
at South Carolina / W/L CLOSE GAME LIKE ALWAYS
Arkansas/W
at Mississippi State/W
at Colorado/W
Tennessee/W
Vanderbilt/W
at Kentucky/W
Florida/ VERY CLOSE GAME / W
Idaho State/W
at Auburn ANOTHER CLOSE GAME / W
Georgia Tech/W

SO I THINK THERES THREE POSSIBLE TEAMS WE CAN LOSE TO. OR CAN GO EAITHER
WAY THREE LOSS AT WORSE I THINK IT WILL ULTIMATLY BE A 11/1 SEASON

JMart

April 3rd, 2010
2:43 pm

17 int’s IS NOT good accuracy fwiw. It goes without saying that you can’t have a lot of turnovers and be successful.

Eat It St.Simons

April 3rd, 2010
3:02 pm

Just a reminder . . .
(((30-24)))
(((73-66)))
(((8 out of 9)))

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Champaign Dawg

April 3rd, 2010
3:09 pm

BETTER START LOOKING – I think you’re missing the obvious. We’re looking at 3 QB’s with virtually no experience. 2 freshman and a RS Soph who hasn’t played a dozen snaps. There’s no way in hayull you are gonna have a clear cut #1 from that group after 8 practices. No way you risk your entire season by rushing to judgement here. It looks for all the world like the 2 freshmen are pretty even and bring different skill sets to the game. Does look to me like they oughta drop Gray from the mix, but no reason to name a #1 right now – give both murray and mett the reps.

RCF

April 3rd, 2010
3:26 pm

2 piks for Murray
No meaningful piks for Mett. His int today was on a hail mary in a forced passing situation.

Small Johnson

April 3rd, 2010
3:28 pm

Anyone up for a cab ride

Better start looking...

April 3rd, 2010
3:39 pm

Champaign Dawg…nice thought out response, which I appreciate…let’s say Met and Murray are both equal in passing stats…next, take a look at the wheels, Murray gained positive yds (37) w/ his legs, while Met would have been sacked for losses, or made some bad decisions w/ the ball…these aren’t live scrimmages are they (QB’s can’t be hit and they finish out their plays), heck the g-day game wasn’t live last year allowing Cox & Gray to make some completions that wouldn’t have been made in a regular game (watch the tape)…Murray and Gray are similar in styles and the offensive line would be running the same type of plays…now w/ Met, you’d have to adjust the play book and the adjust the play-calling to meet his limited drop back style…Murray could back up Met, Gary could back up Met and the offense would actually have more plays to run, however you limit the play calling when Met would come in to back up either of these guys…Met is a statue that will try and force the ball…can’t have it both ways

option smoption

April 3rd, 2010
3:47 pm

CMR, please please please make a decision and rack the quarterbacks NOW! The team needs a QB that can get 75-80 percent of the snaps with the number ones in the spring, especially since we stuck with JC last year even after 4 losses. How do you expect any qb to be ready when 3 different players are sharing snaps?!?

frankly

April 3rd, 2010
4:03 pm

@UGAVIII “I bet Murray and Mettenberger will bo co No. 1 with Gray at 2. That way, they will have released a depth chart but told us nothing we don’t already know.”

Richt is in no win situation then because UGA fans already know EVERYTHING.

brantley struggles again today in scrimmage

April 3rd, 2010
4:04 pm

poor florida, their ‘gatorade player of the year’ continues ot dissapoint.

1 td, and 4 sacks today. the back-up AGAIN beat Brantley and got 2 td’s.

The only positive for brantley? his 68% completion rate today brought him up to over 50% completion. brantley went 13 for 31 last sat, and 15 for 22 this sat., so that’s 28 for 53 in the last 2 scrimmages for brantley.

brantley brought his completion rate up to 53%.

florida's fumble struggles continue

April 3rd, 2010
4:07 pm

florida also fumbled 3 times, and threw an interception, so the fumble problems that plagued florida last season, continue to haunt them this season.

aaron murray continues to throw interceptions

April 3rd, 2010
4:10 pm

you can bet coach richt is gonna let into murray for throwing ANOTHER interception. Murray’s on track to beat Joe Cox’s interception performance. murray might be taking himself out of the QB competition with his INABILITY to PROTECT AND RESPECT THE FOOTBALL.

UGA cannot have another QB who does not RESPECT THE FOOTBALL.

Delbert D.

April 3rd, 2010
4:13 pm

“At the end of the spring, we’ll rack them where we think they are”

Rack them and and break balls? Rack them up on the den wall as trophies? What the heck is this guy talking about?

laughin larry

April 3rd, 2010
4:20 pm

florida threw 2 interceptions and had 3 fumbles today, that’s looking like Georgia. Maybe there is hope for the dogs!

JMart

April 3rd, 2010
4:22 pm

Murray’s INT was in the back of the end zone on a pass to AJ Green. Nothing wrong with that scenario. Observers have said it was just a great play by Cuff.

Ga Tech who?

April 3rd, 2010
4:23 pm

ranking qb judging criteria:

#1- Ball Protection
#2- Ball Protection
#3- Ball Protection
#4- Scoring
#5- Accuracy
#6- Yards

Mett’s running away with the qb competition. His only interception was in a FORCED end of half hail mary drill.

harry's dogs

April 3rd, 2010
4:26 pm

there’s a LOT wrong with our QB throwing int’s, it cost us 4 games last season!

How do you throw an interception on a fade to AJ in the end zone unless you underthrow it or telegraph the throw with your eyes? Nobody can outjump AJ. That makes Murray’s interception WORSE if anything.

JMart

April 3rd, 2010
4:28 pm

Also, the drive where Murray threw the INT is said to be the best drive by the offense all spring. More and more its looking like Murray is the guy but stats in a spring practice (thats all a scrimmage really is) DO NOT tell half the story. Of course Dawg fans will kvetch, bitch, and moan about them until they find something else to kvetch, bitch, and moan about.

atl xmen

April 3rd, 2010
4:28 pm

optionsmoption…please please please quit whining..richt knows what he is doing. dont come on here thinking you know whats best for uga..if richjt wants to name a a number 1 at the end of spring than so be it..the number 1 qb is not losing any snaps . he will get plent of reps when the season starts trust me…i have played football before…so just relax and enjoy the spring

laughin larry

April 3rd, 2010
4:30 pm

Murray leads the team in interceptions with 2 in the scrimmages so far.

Logan has thrown 1, and Mett has thrown 1.

DAWG07

April 3rd, 2010
4:33 pm

QBs will be fine. They are extremely young and next some experience. Glad to see changes in defense. Look for 9 win or else.
GO DAWGS!

brantley struggles again today in scrimmage

April 3rd, 2010
4:37 pm

brantley’s compeltion rate form today is tainted because it was against the 2nd strong defense, he did go 68% today, but he went 41% last week against the #1 defense, and it still averages out to about 53%. not good.

MountainDawg

April 3rd, 2010
4:47 pm

Glad to see Durham tearing it up! He’s got good size, hands & potential. He should be the (solid) #2 WR (behind Green).

http://www.castefootball.us

pincfx

April 3rd, 2010
4:55 pm

Mett also yielded two sacks while Murray has gained 37 positive yards. We don’t know what kind of situation were they working on, red zone, short yardage etc.

Bottom line is that both Mettenberger and Murray seem to have some potential and the close competition will make the eventual starter that much better. The QB situation is in good hands.

No Worries

April 3rd, 2010
4:57 pm

Brantley played behind the second/third string line including the center who has only been playing the position for two weeks (converted tackle). Meyer is mainly holding out the starters and some backups to see what the (real) young guys can do. There were about 10 bad snaps today that really disrupted the timing (obviously). Still with all that, Brantley had a decent day and Trey Burton is surprising everybody with his advanced play. Jordon Reed is playing lights out at the TE position and also at wildcat QB.Nobody down here is worried about it, that what spring is for is to work the kinks out and develop some depth….

jules

April 3rd, 2010
5:01 pm

we don’t care about whether our qb can “run”, we have 3 excellent rb’s. We don’t care how many sacks our qb takes, Tebow took over 25 last year.

we care about how many interceptions the guy throws. And murray is leading the team there, so he’s dropped to #3 on the depth chart, by anyone’s estimation.

But Gray and Mett are battling it out for that #1 position. Good luck Logan and Zach, may the best man win.

harry's dogs

April 3rd, 2010
5:03 pm

all 3 of UGA’s QB’s are outgunning Brantley’s 53% completion rate, so who cares?

bama's offense shines in scrimmage

April 3rd, 2010
5:08 pm

bama’s qb’s threw for over 400 yards and ZERO INTERCEPTIONS.

That’s championship offense.

http://blog.al.com/press-register-sports/2010/04/greg_mcelroy_aj_mccarron_pile.html