COLUMBUS -– Mark Richt reviewed Georgia’s newly released depth chart, player by player, for the Chattahoochee Valley Bulldog Club here Thursday night. When he got to the quarterbacks and reiterated the several-hours-old news that Aaron Murray is No. 1 on the depth chart, the gathering burst into applause.
Someone asked Richt to name a quarterback he has coached, either at Georgia or Florida State, who was similar to Murray.
“I personally think he’s a lot like Casey Weldon,” said Richt, referring to the former Florida State quarterback who was the Heisman Trophy runnerup in 1991.
“Casey Weldon was a really fine quarterback at Florida State. . . . [Murray] reminds me of him,” Richt said. “[Murray] has got a very quick release. He’s got a very strong arm. He moves well. I think he can move well enough to make plays in the pocket, but he will cross the line of scrimmage and get you a first down when you need them. He’s a leader. He’s a hard worker.”
Richt added that Murray “knows how to win.”
“He quite frankly took a setback in college because he had a broken ankle in high school, and after just a couple of short weeks he went back and played in the playoffs and state championship game and probably wasn’t ready to,” Richt said. “But he did it because that’s how much he loved his team and how much he loves to compete.
“We’re in good hands with him right now,” Richt added.
A few other comments from Richt as he reviewed the depth chart for the group gathered at the Columbus Civic Center:
Richt reiterated before the meeting that he’s committed to getting Logan Gray — the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart — into “the best position to help Georgia win.”
“Whether that’s No. 2 quarterback or getting some reps at receiver or something,” Richt said, “that remains to be seen.”
The full depth chart is here.