Aaron Murray is No. 1 quarterback (PLUS: FULL DEPTH CHART)

(Updated 7 p.m.)

COLUMBUS –- The question that had consumed Bulldog Nation for months was answered Thursday: Aaron Murray is Georgia’s No. 1 quarterback.

The answer came when coach Mark Richt unveiled the Bulldogs’ post-spring depth chart, which shows Murray, the redshirt freshman from Tampa, ahead of Logan Gray, the junior from Columbia, Mo., at quarterback.

Richt cautioned that being No. 1 on the depth chart at this point “by no means” guarantees starting the season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 4, but he conceded that it does represent a significant step in that direction for Murray.

“He’s in good shape, I’ll say that,” Richt said before speaking to the Chattahoochee Valley Bulldog Club here Thursday night.

Richt said Murray earned the No. 1 spot with his performance in spring practice.

“We see Murray ahead of Logan right now,” Richt said. “It’s just a matter of, on a consistent basis, [Murray] performed better than Logan at this point. That’s really all there is to it. It’s the usual things -– accuracy, decision-making, those types of things.”

After briefly hesitating, Richt answered the inevitable question of whether Murray would have been No. 1  even if a third quarterback, Zach Mettenberger, had not been kicked off the team on Sunday. The answer, Richt said, is yes.

“I’m not out to hurt anybody worse than they may have been hurt to this point,” Richt said, “but Aaron would have been the No. 1 quarterback.”

Mettenberger was arrested in Remerton, near Valdosta, early last month on charges of underage possession/consumption of alcohol, disorderly conduct, obstruction and possession of false identification. Remerton police said earlier this week that the incident remains under investigation.

Although Murray has not played in a college game, he had a much-celebrated high school career in Tampa. He was a Parade Magazine All-American, was rated the No. 3 quarterback prospect in the nation by Scout.com and was MVP of the prestigious Elite 11 camp for the nation’s top high school quarterbacks. He became a near legend in Florida prep circles by returning early from a dislocated ankle and broken fibula to lead his Plant High team to a state championship in 2008.

Throughout Georgia’s spring practice, which concluded with the G-Day intra-squad game on April 10, Murray shared  snaps with Gray and Mettenberger. Although Murray was widely considered the favorite in the competition all along, Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo avoided providing a pecking order, either publicly or internally.

Murray had a shaky performance in the G-Day game, completing 10 of 22 passes for 96 yards and throwing one interception, but by all accounts played much better in the team’s other spring scrimmages, which were closed to the media and public.

Gray was Georgia’s No. 2 quarterback last season, when he played minimally behind senior starter Joe Cox. Gray briefly considered a move to another position before spring practice, but with Mettenberger’s dismissal, Gray and Murray are the only quarterbacks in the program until the arrival this summer of recruit Hutson Mason from Marietta’s Lassiter High.

Richt still doesn’t rule out the possibility of Gray eventually playing another position, but said he made progress at quarterback during the spring.

“We feel like [Murray] is definitely the No. 1 guy at this point, and we’ll see what happens by the time we start the first game,” Richt said.

The depth chart was posted Thursday, 12 days after the end of spring practice,  because the position coaches completed individual meetings with the players to go over their status.

While most attention was focused on the quarterback battle, the depth chart also offered insight into several other highly competitive positions. Orson Charles is listed No. 1 at tight end, ahead of 2009 starter Aron White. Bacarri Rambo and Nick Williams are the No. 1 safeties.

Washaun Ealey is listed as the No. 1 tailback, but Richt said Ealey and Caleb King actually are co-No. 1. King is not included on the depth chart because he was injured at the end of spring practice. He is expected to be fully recovered by summer from the sore knee that bothered him in the final two weeks of spring ball.

ALSO: Richt kicks third player off team.

GEORGIA DEPTH CHART

(Note: Players who were injured at the end of spring practice are not included on the depth chart.)

OFFENSE

SPLIT END

12 Tavarres King (6-1, 180, RSo.)

16 Kris Durham (6-5, 209, Sr.)

15 Marlon Brown (6-5, 200, So.)

25 Rhett McGowan (6-0, 182, RFr.)

23 Greg Lanier (6-1, 185, RFr.)

LEFT TACKLE

60 Clint Boling (6-5, 304, Sr.)

67 Jonathan Owens (6-4, 294, RSo.)

LEFT GUARD

71 Cordy Glenn (6-5, 328, Jr.)

64 Dallas Lee (6-4, 296, RFr.)

65 John Bodin (6-6, 300, RSo.)

CENTER

61 Ben Jones (6-3, 300, Jr..)

68 Chris Burnette (6-2, 290, RFr.)

58 Ben Reynolds (6-2, 245, RFr.)

RIGHT GUARD

63 Chris Davis (6-4, 295, Sr.)

76 Ben Harden (6-3, 300, Jr.)

55 Josh Parrish (6-4, 290, RFr.)

RIGHT TACKLE

78 Josh Davis (6-6, 300, Sr.)

66 Kolton Houston (6-5, 270, Fr.)

TIGHT END

7 Orson Charles (6-3, 230, So.)

81 Aron White (6-4, 236, Jr.)

89 Bruce Figgins (6-4, 260, Jr.)

88 Arthur Lynch (6-5, 250, So.)

86 Derek Rich (6-5, 245, Sr.)

QUARTERBACK

11 Aaron Murray (6-1, 206, RFr.)

6 Logan Gray (6-2, 192, Jr.)

FULLBACK

49 Shaun Chapas (6-2, 245, Sr.)

43 Kevin Lanier (5-11, 209, RSo.)

39 Dustin Royston (5-11, 230, RFr.)

43 Charles White (6-1, 224, Jr.)

44 Josh Sailors (5-9, 225, Jr.)

22 Matt Sweat (5-11, 231, So.)

31 Chris Young (6-5, 215, Fr.)

TAILBACK

3 Washaun Ealey (5-11, 205, So.)

30 Carlton Thomas (5-7, 180, RSo.

27 Dontavius Jackson (5-10, 205, RSo.)

45 Brian Brewer (5-10, 215, Sr.)

36 Wes Van Dyk (6-0, 208, Jr.)

29 Alex Parsons (5-9, 196, Jr.)

FLANKER

8 A.J. Green (6-4, 207, Jr.)

17 Rantavious Wooten (5-10, 170, So.)

3 Taylor Bradberry (6-3, 197, RSo.)

87 Brandon Harton (5-5, 170, Fr.)

INJURED

48 Fred Munzenmaier (6-2, 240, Sr.)

4 Caleb King (5-11, 210, Jr.)

27 Cameron Allen (6-1, 209, RSo.)

70 A.J. Harmon (6-5, 310, RSo.)

77 Trinton Sturdivant (6-5, 306, Jr.)

73 Austin Long (6-5, 295, RFr.)

54 Tanner Strickland (6-5, 328, Jr.)

36 Cortney Newmans (5-9, 219, Jr.)

28 Israel Troupe (6-1, 215, Jr.)

19 Craig Sager (6-2, 209, Sr.)

DEFENSE

LEFT END

93 Abry Jones (6-3, 290, So.)

97 Brandon Wood (6-1, 286, Sr.)

85 Derrick Lott (6-4, 295, RFr.)

64 Matthew DeGenova (6-1, 225, Jr.)

NOSE

94 DeAngelo Tyson (6-2, 294, Jr.)

98 Kwame Geathers (6-6, 326, RFr.)

98 Candler Cook (6-3, 250, Jr.)

RIGHT END

58 Demarcus Dobbs (6-2, 274, Sr.)

74 Kiante Tripp (6-6, 275, Sr.)

86 Nick Franks (6-2, 250, Jr.)

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

83 Cornelius Washington (6-4, 248, RSo.)

50 Darryl Gamble (6-2, 250, Sr.)

33 Chase Vasser (6-3, 215, RFr.)

41 Ricky Lowe (6-7, 235, So.)

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

42 Justin Houston (6-3, 259, Jr.)

95 Reuben Faloughi (6-5, 232, RFr.)

15 Brock Boleman (6-6, 223, RFr.)

INSIDE LINEBACKER

51 Akeem Dent (6-2, 233, Sr.)

35 Mike Gilliard (6-2, 200, So.)

37 Akeem Hebron (6-1, 223, Sr.)

49 Jason Veal (5-11, 223, RSo.)

47 Chris Grund (6-0, 220, Sr.)

30 Micah King (5-10, 220, Jr.)

INSIDE LINEBACKER

45 Christian Robinson (6-2, 216, RSo.)

38 Marcus Dowtin (6-2, 220, Jr.)

22 Richard Samuel, 6-2, 222, Jr.)

26 Jeremy Sulek (6-1, 218, RSo.)

48 Jackson Griffeth (6-2, 196, RSo.)

CORNERBACK

2 Brandon Boykin (5-10, 185, Jr.)

1 Branden Smith (5-11, 175, So.)

47 Chad Gloer (5-10, 193, Sr.)

13 Blake Sailors (5-11, 185, RFr.)

4 Luis Capella (5-10, 170 RFr.)

STRONG SAFETY

39 Nick Williams (6-2, 219, Jr.)

31 Quintin Banks (6-2, 213, Sr.)

36 Shawn Williams (6-1, 195, So.)

16 Josh Murray (6-2, 204, Sr.)

FREE SAFETY

18 Bacarri Rambo (6-0, 210, RSo.)

23 Jakar Hamilton (6-2, 196, Jr.)

87 Eric Elliot (5-9, 186, Jr.)

CORNERBACK

25 Vance Cuff (5-11, 177, Sr.)

19 Sanders Commings (6-2, 214, RSo.)

10 Jordan Love (6-0, 185, RFr.)

28 Corey Dunson (6-0, 192, RFr.)

INJURED

79 Justin Anderson (6-5, 330, Jr.)

53 Jeremy Longo (6-3, 255, RSo.)

SPECIALISTS

PUNTER

13 Drew Butler (6-2, 203, Jr.)

57 Blair Walsh (5-10, 185, Jr.)

99 Jamie Lindley (5-11, 168, Jr.)

PLACEKICKER

57 Blair Walsh (5-10, 185, Jr.)

31 Brandon Bogotay (6-3, 200, Jr.)

99 Jamie Lindley (5-11, 168, Jr.)

SNAPPER

69 Ty Frix (6-1, 206, RSo.)

86 Derek Rich (6-5, 245, Sr.)

94 Billy Johnson (6-0, 225, RSo.)

HOLDER

13 Drew Butler (6-2, 203, Jr.)

271 comments Add your comment

70 Tons of Trash

April 22nd, 2010
3:49 pm

Adam

April 22nd, 2010
3:50 pm

DawgFan

April 22nd, 2010
3:50 pm

EDawg

April 22nd, 2010
3:50 pm

Score one for Team Murray!!! You’re the man Aaron!

kevin

April 22nd, 2010
3:50 pm

Nasty Nate

April 22nd, 2010
3:50 pm

No surprise with that one.

Clay

April 22nd, 2010
3:50 pm

This is no shock; but, we’d better hope Murray stays healthy. After 3 years in the program, Logan Gray has been told he’s not the guy to lead the team and Choice 1A has been kicked off the team. Okay, Murray, let’s go get ‘em!

DawgFan

April 22nd, 2010
3:50 pm

So, THAT’S why they dumped Mettenberger….

78 Dawg

April 22nd, 2010
3:51 pm

4 time all american, 2 heismans, 3 national championships. BOOK IT!

wpww

April 22nd, 2010
3:52 pm

TO HELL WITH TECH!!!!

DawgFan

April 22nd, 2010
3:54 pm

wpww: Dude, let’s be original.

The D

April 22nd, 2010
3:54 pm

GO Get em Murray hope your the real deal, GO DAWGS

78 Dawg

April 22nd, 2010
3:54 pm

Wooooow! Half yech grads work at Wendy’s and they cant even make decent fries!

Iceman

April 22nd, 2010
3:55 pm

Billy O

April 22nd, 2010
3:56 pm

I believe Murray would have been #1 anyway.

OK

April 22nd, 2010
3:56 pm

Good luck and stay competitive, rem this is the real UGA team so expectation is really high throughout the state of GA, Good luck on that job and God blessyou throughout

78 Dumb

April 22nd, 2010
3:57 pm

“4 time all american, 2 heismans, 3 national championships. BOOK IT!”

I mean, really?? Thanks for the laugh.

Joemutt

April 22nd, 2010
3:57 pm

78 Dawg. Seriously!! Seriously? he’s good or he wouldn’t be here but lets calm down a bit.. like saying Jason Heyward is the next Willie McCovey.

Artie

April 22nd, 2010
3:58 pm

Someone give 78 Dawg a drug test!!!!! He’s definitely on something. LMAO

Taylor

April 22nd, 2010
3:58 pm

Shocking, good to see the rest of the depth chart though

Concrete Pete

April 22nd, 2010
3:58 pm

Concrete Pete says: “It is what it is”

Taylor

April 22nd, 2010
3:59 pm

I think 78 was joking, learn sarcasm people

Alphare

April 22nd, 2010
4:00 pm

Mr. Murray, wish you nothing but the best. Just be careful when you come to play my hometown team: the Tech jackets!

It’s nasty when you get stung.

Chief Nock A Homa

April 22nd, 2010
4:01 pm

78 Dawg is crazy –

Murray will be a THREE time Heisman Winner! Not just Two!

BOOK IT!

78 Dawg

April 22nd, 2010
4:02 pm

On ESPN U, Mel Kipper is reporting that Tebow would be drafted behind Hutson Mason, if Mason was eligible for the draft.

colorado bulldog

April 22nd, 2010
4:02 pm

Look forward to rooting for Murray and Dawgs in Boulder on Oct 2nd. Let’s hope they adjust to the altitude and the travel.

Trey

April 22nd, 2010
4:02 pm

Pretty sure Aaron isn’t sweating the bees since they can’t win the big games and they are losing all of Gailey’s talent

Jay

April 22nd, 2010
4:04 pm

Murray = Compton.
Richt = Phil Fulmer, minus the sucess Coach Fulmer enjoyed, of course. I hear he is a good Catholic, so it’s all gud.

I miss Jim Donnan more every day.

neils

April 22nd, 2010
4:04 pm

Clearly Richt is planning for the future. Nothing wrong with that, but I think Gray is getting burned because of his year in school. Logan was the better of the two at G-Day, hands down.

Bud Flu

April 22nd, 2010
4:05 pm

Is it official yet….what did Mettenberger actually do?

78 DAWG

April 22nd, 2010
4:05 pm

Tell ‘em Taylor, learn spasism people.

what a douche

April 22nd, 2010
4:06 pm

Who is “Compton?” Are you talking about the gang infested city in California?

@UGADawg4life

April 22nd, 2010
4:07 pm

HugoStiglitz

April 22nd, 2010
4:08 pm

Will be interesting to see him at South Carolina. I have a feeling UGA will be running the ball an awful lot in that game.

11Dawg

April 22nd, 2010
4:09 pm

Did anyone ever expect Crompton to be good, Jay?

Alphare

April 22nd, 2010
4:09 pm

78 DAWG,

everybody knows you are trying some sort of sarcasm, but it just doesn’t strike people that way.

So you need some polish to do. Get it?

jack stilton

April 22nd, 2010
4:11 pm

I guess that makes me the 3rd string QB!

Taylor

April 22nd, 2010
4:12 pm

Murray = Compton.
Richt = Phil Fulmer, minus the sucess Coach Fulmer enjoyed, of course. I hear he is a good Catholic, so it’s all gud.

So Aaron Murray is Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog?! Alright!!

CHDawg

April 22nd, 2010
4:12 pm

Great news! Now if CMR will please sit down with Washaun and tell him the consequences of reacting to defenders hanging on to him/elbowing him after the whistle and make sure he understands what will happen to him from the NCAA if he throws a punch, we should have a great offense next year! We can’t afford to lose Ealey, and after his explosions from the bottom of the pile, you can count on some 2nd/3rd stringers trying to get into a fight with him to get him thrown out of the game! #3 is going to have a great year, and I hope #4 is there with him. #30 has showed me a lot of ability, too. Can’t wait to see the O at 100%. I think we are going to be much better than ‘08 on offense…and that wasn’t a mistake–08!

Dawg Jones

April 22nd, 2010
4:13 pm

High school grad

April 22nd, 2010
4:14 pm

What made Murray number one?

Stinger

April 22nd, 2010
4:16 pm

Murray will make Joe Cox look like Joe Montana. Take it to the bank. You are staring a 4-8 season in the face. Tech will have him so rattled he won’t know if he is coming or going. Any odds on him breaking the law before the season starts??

gomdawg

April 22nd, 2010
4:16 pm

Nick Williams was a great QB at Bainbridge , he led us to the satate play-off.

Stinger

April 22nd, 2010
4:17 pm

What made Murray number one was he had mastered the elementary school offense that BOO BOO runs.

GTFan

April 22nd, 2010
4:17 pm

Trey

April 22nd, 2010
4:02 pm

Pretty sure Aaron isn’t sweating the bees since they can’t win the big games and they are losing all of Gailey’s talent

Pleassssseeee!!!! Here we go with the overrated UGA fans already!

innocent bystander

April 22nd, 2010
4:18 pm

I think Waushan showed his composure in a pileup when Brandon Spikes was trying to blind him don’t you?

MELLER YELLER

April 22nd, 2010
4:18 pm

so the pups named a starting QB , could it have anything to do with the fact that he is the only QB on the roster gray is a fair CATCHER thats all and murray will prob get hurt , so who will be under center then ? ? crickets laughing ? ? still waiting lol

BullDawg Rick

April 22nd, 2010
4:20 pm

Gotta tell ya…

After looking at the 2 deep – THIS is the year!!! The O-Line MUST play to their ability & that’ll give time to Murray to get untracked. They (O-line) needs to maul Mo Fo’s this year & let CK & WE do their thing.. TE’s look off the chart & I see many 2 TE sets w/ OCharles & Aron & now Lynch, being the ‘receivers” & Figging help the line..

The D will be a work in progress… But gaining by leaps & bounds game to game!!

GO JACKETS 21

April 22nd, 2010
4:21 pm

stinger: be careful what you say…As bad as joe was they beat tech. I think Murray will do a great job..But it kinda sucks for the dawg fans to think about what could have been if zach wasn’t kicked off. I dont see hutson mason doing anything at uga..I think tech will sting uga this year..but then a rock road for the next years.

GO JACKETS!!!

@UGADawg4life

April 22nd, 2010
4:22 pm

I wonder if I can convince the NCAA to give me some eligibility. I graduated in ‘92, so I’m sure the statute of limitations preventing me from trying out again have run out. We will need a good back up :-) .