Who’s No. 1 QB? Answer this week, Richt says (PLUS: more from G-Day)

(Updated 7 p.m.)

ATHENS – The G-Day game produced no immediate answer to the No. 1 question in Bulldog Nation: Who is Georgia’s  starting quarterback?

“I know everyone wants to know what’s going on, wants to know who the starter is, and I couldn’t name the starter right now if I wanted to,” coach Mark Richt said after Saturday’s intra-squad game. “I really don’t think I could.”

But Richt said hopes to have a new quarterback depth chart by the end of this coming week.

Between now and then, he and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will review video of the quarterbacks’ performances throughout spring practice, which concluded with the G-Day game.

And Richt cautioned that whoever is No. 1 on the post-spring depth chart won’t be guaranteed of keeping the position into the Sept. 4 season opener against Louisiana Lafayette.

In the G-Day game, won by the “Black” team 17-7 over the “Red” team before a crowd of 38,742, strong-armed redshirt freshman Zach Mettenberger had the best statistical performance of the three quarterbacks.

He completed six of 10 passes for 150 yards for the Black team, including touchdown throws of 20 yards to walk-on wide receiver Rhett McGowan and 39 yards to tight end Arthur Lynch.

Mettenberger, who is suspended from at least the first game of the season because of his arrest near Valdosta last month on five misdemeanor charges, worked only with the second-team offense and against the second-team defense Saturday. The other quarterbacks, Logan Gray and Aaron Murray, worked with both the first- and second-team offense.

“Mettenberger certainly had a nice day, there’s no doubt about that,” Richt said. “But I think they all did well.”

Gray completed seven of 13 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown — a 7-yard toss to wide receiver Kris Durham – for the Red team and three of four passes for 30 yards for the Black team.

Murray completed eight of 19 passes for 96 yards (with one interception) for the Red team and two of three for no net yards for the Black.

Mettenberger was not available for comment afterward, per Georgia’s policy for suspended players.  Both Gray and Murray said Mettenberger had his best day of the spring.

As for their own days:

“I think I did decent,” Murray said.

“I thought it went pretty well,” Gray said.

Now they await word from Richt and Bobo on a pecking order.

“I think it’s a close competition. I think it’s a great competition,” Murray said. “I think all of us, throughout the spring, have really stepped up our game.”

Said Gray: “Obviously this game was big, but it wasn’t a deciding factor for everything.”

While the G-Day game gets the most attention because it is open to the public and televised, the other spring practices, particularly two earlier closed scrimmages, get equal or greater weighting from the coaches.

“After every scrimmage, you might say one guy did better than another one,” Richt said. “I think they all had their day.”

The upcoming depth chart “will gauge where we think [the quarterbacks] are right now, but it won’t necessarily be who will start when the first game rolls around,” Richt said. “It will indicate who will be where when we start [preseason] camp.”

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Georgia put its 3-4 defense on public display for the first time Saturday -– sort of.

To avoid giving opponents a peek at the new defense, the Bulldogs were extremely guarded in how much of the playbook they showed. (Virtually none, players said.) And to keep from exposing how the defense would react to certain situations, the offense was toned down, too.

Still, new defensive coordinator Todd Grantham seemed pleased, particularly with his No. 1 unit.

“The biggest thing I was pleased with was how we worked the game and adjusted to what happened,” Grantham said. He noted that one specific running play went for a long gain in the first half but was stopped for no gain when tried again in the second half.

Grantham said he was impressed with the play of inside linebacker Akeem Dent, outside linebacker Justin Houston and the cornerbacks.

Said Houston: “I think the defense did a great job, especially holding the No. 1 offense to seven points. It was a great confidence builder, especially since they have been sticking it to us all spring.”

Fans got a first look Saturday at Grantham on the sideline. He’s intense, to say the least.

“That’s what you want . . .  a guy that’s got some fire in him,” Richt said. “Everybody knows my demeanor and has a little bit of a feel for that. I think it’s probably good to have somebody who’s a little more outwardly excited. I do get excited on the inside, but it’s good to have that energy on the sidelines.”

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Just one penalty was called in the game. That particularly pleased Richt, given the Bulldogs’ No. 113 rank in the nation in penalties last season. . . Offensive tackle Josh Davis banged up his shoulder. The extent of the injury was not immediately known. . . .  Tailback Caleb King didn’t play because of a strained knee. Richt said the injury isn’t a long-term concern. . . . Linebacker Richard Samuel did not play because of a concussion suffered at practice this week. . . . The Black team wore white jerseys (with black numbers). . . . Safety Nick Williams had the day’s high in tackles (7). . . . Not much was happening in the running game. Washaun Ealey had just 22 yards on seven carries for the Red team. Dontavius Jackson and Carlton Thomas ran for 43 and 41 yards, respectively, for the Black.

359 comments Add your comment

11Dawg

April 10th, 2010
5:33 pm

Was it just me, or did Gray look like the best QB on the field?

Kramer

April 10th, 2010
5:33 pm

It was just you.

BigDawg

April 10th, 2010
5:37 pm

It was just you man. Mettenberger looks to be ahead of the game right now. He seems to be able to handle the starting QB position. Murray looks lost at times and all the hype has gotten to this guy’s head. I still think Murray holds a slight edge over Mett, but he better take advantage of it because had it not been for the incident with Mettenberger, I would put Mett clearly ahead of the pack. I think Mettenberger is going to end up winning the starting job. Thankfully, he is only suspended for the first game…Louisiana Lafayette and we could win that game only running the ball.

Mark Richt

April 10th, 2010
5:37 pm

Yea I think it was only you “11Dawg”

ryan

April 10th, 2010
5:44 pm

I think Murray will start don’t forget Mettenberger will be suspended one game because of off the field issues. If Murray gets in trouble i think Mettenberger will come in CMR may use Gray on some goal line formation.

UGA

April 10th, 2010
5:55 pm

Everyone needs to calm down….QBs aren’t made and games are not won in the spring. Mett’s stats were all against the 2nd defense, so of course his numbers should be better. However, he did look good stepping up in the pocket, but he needs to do it against the best. All three qbs showed signs of improvement, but rhythm seems to be the key. By the way, Murray wasn’t helped out with all the dropped passes (I counted at least 6). Anyways, it was nice to see the DAWGS between hedges. GO DAWGS!

Preston

April 10th, 2010
5:56 pm

What a wonderful problem to have. Three great QB’s battling it out. Only hunches abound in this blog and my hunch is Murray to win the job in the Summer. Gray will move to receiver and an emergency third string QB role. That’s my guess FWIW.

Dawggirl

April 10th, 2010
5:57 pm

But Grey looked better than Murray thats for sure. If I had to rank them, it would be Mett, Grey then Murray.

chazzo

April 10th, 2010
5:58 pm

Mett looked sharp. I wouldn’t mind seeing a tall traditional QB dropping back. If a team wants to commit the D players to blitz because Mett’s a little slower, their are tight ends, tail backs, full backs, receivers. Someone is open.

Here is the rub, though, Mett had some super impressive drives against the second team D. Would that needle have been threaded every time against first team backfield? Don’t know, but the kid has a heck of an arm. I like him. Also, G-day rules are not to the advantage of the mobile QBs.

Murray, on the other hand, looks like a natural. There is something that is just plain deceptive about the way he moves in the pocket. And, he completed some tough throws against the A team Defense.

Hard call because their styles are so different, but I think 1. Murray, 2. Mett, 3. Gray coming out of spring. I would not be surprised at all if we see a multiple QB arrangement. I know. I know. But, it could work well if they don’t broadcast to everyone the plays they plan to run with the different players.

The lines appeared to jump all over the place all day. There were fumbles and drops. Then a couple of players lost their cool. If they play that way… four or so turns and probably 80 yards in penalties, I just don’t know how it’s going to go.

Dawggirl

April 10th, 2010
6:00 pm

Mett did play against the 2nd string D, but he was also playing FOR the 2nd string O. So it shouldnt really matter. Murray and Logan didnt do any better against the 2nd string guys

Joe

April 10th, 2010
6:01 pm

Actually, Mettenberger only took snaps with the second string offense, meaning that all of his stats were against the first string D. This makes his performance today even more impressive. It’s going to be a close race in the fall between Murray and Mett.

Joe

April 10th, 2010
6:03 pm

My bad. Ignore my last comment.

frankly

April 10th, 2010
6:03 pm

Don’t forget, Mett was the only one that DID NOT go against the # 1 defense.

Both will likely play this year for one reason or another but by home stretch of the season, I think it’ll be Murray starting.

Willie M.

April 10th, 2010
6:11 pm

These guys made Joe Cox look good.

I’m certain that even I could draw up a D to stop these guys.

Some Sense

April 10th, 2010
6:16 pm

Really bad deal here.

Logan Gray eliminated himself from race, pure and simple.

Mett was better of three but can’t play in Game One. Ain’t gonna start first college game in Columbia.

Murray…a good player…end of discussion.

Reality

April 10th, 2010
6:17 pm

Unless they changed plans, the 2nd team offense went up against the 1st team defense. Mett did very well!

UGA 2010

April 10th, 2010
6:19 pm

Gray looked lost, and his footwork looks to have declined. his five and seven “drop back” steps looked highly inconsistent, and he would be much more effective at another position. He seems to have hit a “glass ceiling” at the QB position, as he has had several years to prepare, and was making the same mistakes that Aaron and Zach are supposed to make at they’re young age. My vote goes to Murray, with Mett so close behind that Murray better not let up his focus, or he will lose his “spot”. The reason i vote Murray is because having a game under his belt (La-Laugh-at-us), i would be more comfortable with a QB with a little action under his belt when we open up SEC play in week 2 against SC. We can’t afford to lose that one, especially with UT and FL on a down year, or we’ll be watching that evil genius represent the East against Bama/Aub in Dec. And on a last note, who else enjoyed watching Todd Grantham “coach up” nick williams after he wanted to get frisky with Washaun?!?!? GATA and SIC ‘EM!!!!!

gpa

April 10th, 2010
6:22 pm

it was 1v1 and 2v2

Small Johnson

April 10th, 2010
6:23 pm

Ah, nothing like uncertainty at UGA

Just like when we go to Jacksonville,

Im always uncertain as to whether the Dekalb County middle school team will show up to play, or

If the coaches are on the sideline or at the Budzone during the game, or maybe they are in the locker room sowing new uniform schemes

hop

April 10th, 2010
6:23 pm

murray seem to be very uptight and threw a terrible pass to a wide open aj green.he was off-target most of the day!

mettenburger was clearly better qb who had mostly walk-on receivers except for the tight-ends ,but his throws were on the money all day and he moved very well in the pocket; clearly, the twenty pounds that he lost has helped him become a better qb.

it is time to tell logan gray that he needs to move to another position.

his passing was not very good!

Small Johnson

April 10th, 2010
6:28 pm

Thomp

April 10th, 2010
6:32 pm

Metts is the clear winner to me. He velocity and accuracy was by for the best. He looked the most confident and was way more comfortable. He made quick reads! Logan is lost. I like the guy but he looks like Joe Cox clone. Murray may have having an off day? I think the oppsing coaches think they would rather face either gray or Murray than metts…

Frank

April 10th, 2010
6:33 pm

No way to actually tell who is ahead, you have got to remember AM had at least 3 passes dropped, that would have added to the stats if that is your sole criteria of comparasion. The coaches are judging by the entire body of work through the spring. I will just wait and see what they say.

THWGT!!!!!

jasont13

April 10th, 2010
6:34 pm

I think Aaron Murray is the starter, he brings a different style a game to the offense. He brings a style similar to DJ Shockley. As for Zach, he has a big arm however a big arm sometimes doesn’t win you games. Just cause someone has a big arm doesn’t mean they need to be the starter. Murray can scramble and make plays with his legs and arms.

jasont13

April 10th, 2010
6:36 pm

Murray may have been having an off day however know body knows and to say opposing coaches would rather coach against Murray over Mett? Please I would rather coach against a statue in the pocket than a QB that can run anf throw.

YELLOW HAMMER

April 10th, 2010
6:38 pm

i watched the G-day game to see granthams defense ,i came away thinking man these georgia players are really small.dont believe me, watch bama next week on espn . and see for yourself. big difference in the size of the players in muscle

Thomp

April 10th, 2010
6:39 pm

Know body? Another techie commenting?

jasont13

April 10th, 2010
6:39 pm

Sure yellow hammer, seems like a biased opinion to me.

Small Johnson

April 10th, 2010
6:43 pm

How many scramblers win the championship games

Hardly any.

In all honesty I don’t know of any who have won the super bowl, there have been very a small number that has won an NCAA Championship.

People if you can’t read the field and hit the open windows it does matter how good you can scramble

So to all those morons who dream of a Mike Vick and think scrambling is so great it wont happen with any scrambler until he can read the field and throw with accuracy.

jasont13

April 10th, 2010
6:44 pm

Small Johnson you seem like you are a Florda fan, so was Tebow a run fisrt QB or a pass frist QB?

jasont13

April 10th, 2010
6:44 pm

Excuse me let me re-phrase that, your Lord and Savior Tebow!

jasont13

April 10th, 2010
6:46 pm

Didn’t see anyone in here hoep for a Michael Vick type of QB. I think Murray can read defenses and hit open targets. But when he needs to I think he can make plays with his legs as well you moron.

Carz

April 10th, 2010
6:54 pm

Tebow, T. Martin(scrambled a little), Tommy Frazier, Vince Young?

YELLOW HAMMER

April 10th, 2010
6:55 pm

jason like i said,see for youself,if you want murray to be a running qb he had better put on some weight,he wont last in the sec, maybe the new weight room will help, if somebody can figure out how to use them.

Small Johnson

April 10th, 2010
6:56 pm

jason13

what did I say? how many scramblers have won the big game not many

people on here want to slam Met because he’s not mobile and ooh and ah because Murry is

my point is if the guy can read the field and hit the open windows then the odds favor Met to be more successful in this game MORON

I know its a Gday game but Murry better step it up better than what was shown today in a non pressure game.

And good you named T Boy here is another Charlie Ward, can you name anymore in the last 30 years dipstick. How about a Super Bowl winner for us

Oh and if you take a look at a previous post I’m not a FL fan, I think if Richt cant beat FL in the next 2yrs and on a consistant basis he needs to go or have his salary drastically reduced

I-DOG

April 10th, 2010
7:00 pm

Can anyone comment on any other aspects of of G Day, I didn’t get to see it and there isn’t any real info on the AJC site on what transpired other than this one very general overview of the qb play. Would love to know how the defense looked, the running backs, the OL, the penalties and turnovers, the corners, the tackling and the wide outs. Can one of the fans play journalist and post this info?

Small Johnson

April 10th, 2010
7:00 pm

jason 13

Your obviously one of these idiots that foam at the mouth when your savior Micky Vick comes on to the field

You rather have to play against a statue QB.

I rather not if he can read the field and hit the targets and has poise

UGA 2010

April 10th, 2010
7:00 pm

SIC EM Jason!! WOOF WOOF WOOF!!!
Techies are haters b/c a DECADE is a LONG TIME to wait for just one win.. get used to it losers. we own the last sat. in nov. and the funniest part is you also know we do.. Those “educated tasty bees” should be able to read statistics, so go on and lie to us and yourselves, and claim the Dawgs (along with Iowa) wasn’t able to figure out that cheap high school offense, b/c the whole world watched at the end of our last meeting, how your bra-needed coach COMPLETELY ABANDONED his love partner, the triple option, and called four desperation passes and prayed Boo hoo Thomas would bail him out, only to be let down. I love it. Have your meaningless ACC title, b/c to those in real football conf., it means absolutely nothing. Go suck on a bowl game :P

Thomp

April 10th, 2010
7:00 pm

I hate seeing the union ibew63 advertising on our scoreboard. Tell the electricians to go mess up Tech,

UGA 2010

April 10th, 2010
7:02 pm

lol because the IBEW knows nobody watches/attends tech football games!!

dan

April 10th, 2010
7:05 pm

Small Johnson,

Vince Young seemed to scramble his way to a National Title.

Thomp

April 10th, 2010
7:06 pm

So true! The unions have screwed up our country and I sure don’t want my Georgia football screwed up!

SC SEAL

April 10th, 2010
7:08 pm

Somebody has to start. They may not finich, bur UGA will have 11 guys on the field and one of them will be a QB.

jerry

April 10th, 2010
7:12 pm

Fran (the Scrambler) Tarkenton never won the Super Bowl but he was in it 3 times.

I-DOG

April 10th, 2010
7:15 pm

Just saw that the AJC has running comments under a Marlon Brown headline, so I didn’t see it.

Grandad

April 10th, 2010
7:15 pm

Mett – clear cut.
Understanding there’s more work to be done.
Buck sounded like ['Urban'/'Tebow'] when gushing about Murray.
Take away the “incident” & Mett would be running away with it.
Do we want the best guy or the quickest solution [1st game].
Everyone talks about Murray’s ability to run; okay, but we don’t
run PJ’s hs offense or the Gator’s spread. We run a pro style
offense (Stafford # 1 pick), based on running the ball & alot of
play-action passes, with our running game being our bread & butter.
Mett = Big Ben Roth.[sp](hopefully not the bad stuff)
Mett = Ryan Mallett.
*Nonetheless we have a great problem!*

Small Johnson

April 10th, 2010
7:19 pm

Dan

And others please read what I said

Statistically how many championship scramblers have there been in 30 yrs
ok Young, T Bone, Ward, Frazier. T Martin was not anyone else

thats 4 people, again 4 out of 30yrs NOW NAME A SUPER BOWL WINNING QB 0000000000000

Statistically a dropp back QB will win thats my point

So dont knock Met because he can’t scramble people

P.S Fran never won

UGA 2010

April 10th, 2010
7:23 pm

I agree Grandad, two SEC caliber QBs with four years of eligibility left is probably the more of a solution than a problem at all.. I guarantee you, UT would LOVE to be in our position now, as NONE (even the JUCO) they have are half as talented as the Murray/Mett combo. Its so GREAT to be a Georgia Bulldog!!!

UGA 2010

April 10th, 2010
7:27 pm

Small Johnson, lets narrow those stats down to the last 13 years, and its subsequently rounded a lot nicer to argue against you. You’re just like a typical fair-weather fan, absorbed in neg. stats, in love with jerk coaches (omg a crystal football) and care nothing for these young men after they’re gone. Care nothing of their character, they’re moral foundation, or they’re success in life past football. You’re no fan at all.

Delbert D.

April 10th, 2010
7:32 pm

Murray is it. Mettenberger is immature.