Richt in Savannah: Logan Gray still ‘looking over his options,’ still has shot to be Dogs’ starting QB

Mark Richt’s tour of Bulldog Club meetings took him Wednesday night to Savannah, where he was, of course, asked about quarterback Logan Gray’s stay-or-go status.

Richt said Gray is still “looking over his options” and still has a chance to win Georgia’s starting quarterback job in preseason camp, according to published and broadcast reports from Savannah.

Gray, the No. 2 quarterback on Georgia’s post-spring depth chart, met with Richt on Monday to discuss his status on the team and the possibility of transferring to another school.

Aaron Murray is listed as the No. 1 quarterback on the post-spring depth chart, but Richt has emphasized that does not guarantee Murray will be the starter in the Sept. 4 season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette.

“Like I’ve said numerous times, Aaron has not won the job,” Richt said in Savannah. He told reporters before the speaking engagement that Murray, Gray or “for that matter” incoming freshman Hutson Mason might win the job in August.

Richt said last week that he wants to get Gray in the “best position” to help Georgia win, whether that is at quarterback or “getting some reps at receiver or something.”

(Click here for the Savannah Morning News’ report on the visit to the Savannah Bulldog Club by Richt and Mark Fox.  The report includes interesting comments by Richt on a number of players with Savannah-area ties.)

Georgia’s full depth chart.

115 comments Add your comment

kauai dawg

April 29th, 2010
1:20 am

Richt is the MAN! Go DAWGS! Gonna be a great year!

30-24

kauai dawg is a loser

April 29th, 2010
2:03 am

GET A LIFE DUDE!!!!!

pmacCane

April 29th, 2010
2:27 am

so he’s “considering his options?” WHY would you want him on your team? I mean, what does the kid want, to be HANDED the starting job? get outta Athens if you’re that soft.

Matt

April 29th, 2010
3:16 am

I think it is quite clear that it is going to be an uphill battle for Logan the Gray to earn the starting job and I don’t think you can blame him for looking at his options. You can’t blame the kid for wanting to transfer to a smaller school where he can start.

Logan the Gray

April 29th, 2010
3:26 am

Logan the Gray…I like it!

Jess Capel

April 29th, 2010
4:29 am

If you’re getting paid to go to school and the pros like unlikely, why not stay here? Hotter chicks in UGA than Podunk State.

YellerSkeeters are PeterEaters!

April 29th, 2010
5:13 am

Richt is the perfect example of the career Back-up QB (Backed Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly at U Miami), so I doubt he has any sympathy for Gray. And, every program that wins does so with depth … you need a 2nd & 3rd string QB! Quit bitching and be a man Logan, Richt hasn’t ruled you out — though you are ruling yourself out!

Ron Burgundy

April 29th, 2010
5:14 am

Jess, that is the most compelling argument I have ever heard.

RomeDawg

April 29th, 2010
5:31 am

If you are a quarterback and you are asked to be a punt returner there is a real good chance your coach is letting you know he doesn’t think you have a career as a quarterback. Just sayin…

TexasDawg

April 29th, 2010
6:35 am

LOL, CMR is stringing this kid along so that he does not transfer!!! Everyone talking about CMR just handing Logan Gray the starters job but thats exactly what CMR did last year with Cox. After the first game ell me how many people here believed Cox was going to make it all year long? I can tell you this not many especially not me! If CMR would have let the other QBs show some of their stuff last year (in a complete game not during cleanup when the game is out of reach) we would not have this problem now.

Spike

April 29th, 2010
6:35 am

Hate to be a wet blanket, but I am already tired of reading about this. Allright! We get it! Enough is enough.

What's changed????

April 29th, 2010
6:57 am

Makes one wonder what’s changed from last year to this year. He didn’t hesitate to name Joe Cox the starter. Come h3ll or high water could get CMR off his master plan. Nope, not the int’s, the pic 6’s, the fumbles, the poorly thrown passes that laid AJ out like a piece of meat, nothing moved him off Cox. Gray not prepared to play? How could that not be with Cox taking off every Wednesday to rest his arm, and Logan having 3 years of practices to show his stuff. Something doesn’t pass the smell test here. Was it that Bobo was being spread too thin, do they need a QB coach, did CMR really need to sell that last carpet. Maybe it’s not the QB competition, but the way the coaching staff handles the team. Just a thought.

Palm City DAWG

April 29th, 2010
6:58 am

Why does ESPN and Blecher report not have the Dawgs in the early preseason prediction of the coaches top 25 poll? No way we will be that bad. Tech is ranked 13th.

Cory

April 29th, 2010
7:03 am

here we go again…he is the starter…he isnt….no, wait…..Geez…..need I remind you…”Joe Cox gives us our best chance to win” even after his performance at FLA….

Jeff

April 29th, 2010
7:06 am

Wish our coaches would “man up” and handle this team instead of a fell good….you can play….please…pretty please mentality.

Slaw Dawg

April 29th, 2010
7:16 am

LG has no chance of being the starter. Richt is pumping him full of sunshine so he does not leave. Everything I hear about Hudson Mason is that he is not good under pressure. He has a INT problem and has trouble when the heat is on….so don’t look to him for any help. I expect us to go 6-6 maybe 7-5 with a return to a low level bowl. The wheels are not off the bus but they are sure wobbly.

how2fish

April 29th, 2010
7:25 am

Palm City DAWG so we are not in the pre pre pre season top 25..BFD after 08 and the No.1 pre season ranking can you see this as a bad thing?? Radar fly under it!

SatchelBuzz

April 29th, 2010
7:32 am

QB problems,….you got’em. Gray is gone but the larger issue is Murray. Good credentials,…but he’d better be the real deal,…cause you got nobody else.

THWG!!!

GT51

April 29th, 2010
7:41 am

again i say, you cannot even have a good practice with 2 qbs much less one. cmr will do anything to keep gray from leaving. i don’t blame him for that. what i do blame him for is only having 3 qbs on the roster on kicking one of them off of it.

comments are closed

April 29th, 2010
7:44 am

Bill King bannned me Bwaaaaaaaah Bwaaaaaaaah :( . He cant handle the truth!

Dawg Man

April 29th, 2010
7:44 am

Give me a break. CMR is just telling media that Logan Gray has a chance to be the starting QB. He’s just hopping Gray is looking at the press releases. Logan Gray will always be a backup. Even if he stays next year he will be 3rd on the depth chart because CMR is getting close to getting a commitment from Christian Lemay, the number 1 rated QB in the country. Logan Gray should go on to Troy so he can start his next two years. Tough situation for everyone involved.

roll tide

April 29th, 2010
7:46 am

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SOS Dawg

April 29th, 2010
7:47 am

Looks like Richt is starting to scramble with all the intenal problems in Athens. Looks like he may just be on the hot seat if bulldog nation doesnt see improvements this August.

SOS Dawg

April 29th, 2010
7:48 am

Dawg #5

April 29th, 2010
7:52 am

See you GRAY ! We dont want Joe Cox part 2 !!!

Big Al

April 29th, 2010
7:56 am

Logan the Gray isn’t bad. With what he is considering since he was not handed the starting quarterback job, maybe Logan the YELLOW would be more appropriate.

NoGaGator

April 29th, 2010
7:57 am

If Aaron hasn’t won the job, per Richt, why did he even name him the #1 QB for UGA after the Spring? Richt’s desperation, which is understandable, is clearly showing by trying to keep Gray around.

As a previous poster noted, Richt was a career backup QB. If anyone should know the situation and Logan Gray, it should be him.

He’s really misplayed his cards on the Mettenberger situation and this one.

323

April 29th, 2010
7:59 am

Richt has put himself in a no win situation. Dawg fans will know a lot about their team after the SC game.

JB

April 29th, 2010
8:03 am

We Dawgs are in a tough spot at Qb…..If you don’t believe it, you’re kidding yourself……We are close to being one bad ankle away from having a kid at QB that’s using GPS to find the practice field. A true freshman. Oh course, it could be a Herschel moment…..or it couldn’t…….. I do think murray will be an upgrade to Cox, But I fear if Logan leaves, Richt will really put in a conservative offensive game plan to protect Murray, and opposing Defenses will pick up on that pretty quick and shut a limited play book down

Dawgs > Bees

April 29th, 2010
8:04 am

Richt needs to guarantee logan gray that he will start at least 1 quarter, maybe 2, to keep him happy. If he leaves and murray gets hurt, the dawgs are toast.

JB

April 29th, 2010
8:07 am

Can’t guarantee Logan that…..Ebb and flow of a game dictates QB rotation. What if Murray is lighting it up, moving the chains….You sit him over a “deal”……….don’t think so.

Standing on the sidelines

April 29th, 2010
8:07 am

For someone that doesn’t have a hell of a lot of options to consider, Richt has been considering them for a long time. What options he has can be summed up nicely: bad and worse. Maybe he’s considering the option to suite Bozo up if injuries are really bad this year.

JB

April 29th, 2010
8:12 am

Let’s hope Grantham is the real deal, because the last two years, the offense knew going in they had to score 35-45 points for Dawgs to have a chance to win…..”We’ were always getting lit up.

The rest of us

April 29th, 2010
8:12 am

kauai dawg

April 29th, 2010
1:20 am
Richt is the MAN! Go DAWGS! Gonna be a great year!

30-24

Link Report this comment kauai dawg is a loser

April 29th, 2010
2:03 am
GET A LIFE DUDE!!!!!

Pot, I’d like you to meet Mr. Kettle. Who is a bigger loser the first post at 1 in the morning or the second calling the first a loser? Tough call.

trey

April 29th, 2010
8:18 am

All of these comments from Richt are most likely the exact comments he made to LG in that meeting. These are comments that he (CMR) hopes will placate Gray and keep him at UGA. LG is not going to be the starter unless Murray goes down in injury. He doesn’t have what the coaches are looking for (he couldn’t even unseat noodle arm Cox and that says a lot right there) or he would be listed as the #1 QB right now and it would be Murray fighting to unseat him instead of the opposite.

K-Town Dawg

April 29th, 2010
8:19 am

If Gray wants to let leave, I say let him. First, we do need malcontents on the team. And second, this will ensure that we run the ball heavily. We all know how that worked out at the tail end of last season.

Two years ago, Murray was going to be the second coming, so I’m not sure what happened to all the optimism surrounding him. I have the utmost confidence that Murray will be the man, and because of this Gray knows he has no shot.

I want players that will fight when the chips are stacked against them, not weak kneed cry babies. So once again I say if he wants to leave let him!

how2fish

April 29th, 2010
8:35 am

K-Town Dawg

good post I to wonder what in the hell happened to drive Bull Dog Nation over the edge regarding Murray..on another blog on guy was calling him a “Stats Hog”..hell the kid hasn’t even play a down yet.How can you be a “Stats Hog” unreal.

GT51

April 29th, 2010
8:37 am

grantham the real deal? last time i checked grantham is not eligible to play. lost the entire d line now that robinson is gone. most of the secondary is gone except for the midget who ate a stiff arm. oh yeah, and your leading tackler left early for the nfl. cannot lose all of that and be better on defense. ask a gt fan what losing the entire d line does to your defense. makes everyone else look like crap. cmr and the doggs are in trouble.

K-Town Dawg

April 29th, 2010
8:45 am

3 names for you GT51,
Ogletree, Rambo, and the Hitman.

And these guys won’t be playing that bump and run, bend but don’t break garbage that Willie was preaching.

Speaking of losing talent, shouldn’t you be more concerned with your team? The last time I checked, you lost 4 of your best 5 players, so I would say GT is in trouble. Another pot meet kettle moment.

Mike in the SAV

April 29th, 2010
8:51 am

I was at that meeting last night.
Coach was asked what happens if Logan leaves- he said he would not speak publicly about the plan if that happens.

Dawg Max

April 29th, 2010
8:51 am

With Grantham’s 3-4 D and a powerful running game, UGA will be able to get the ball back quick, pound the ball on O and control the clock. I’ve heard this Georgia D may be the best in Athens in 10 years! Look for Ga to be the surprise team in the SEC. Richt’s got the date of the florida game circled on his calendar–that will be the season. He’s ready to pay back the low class urban meyer for those late timeouts 2 years ago. Dawgs upset florida–take it to the bank!

GT51

April 29th, 2010
8:56 am

those 4 players were split on o and d. not on one side of the ball. dwyer and thomas will be replaced just fine. however, morgan and burnett will not. the defense will still be better. lost 3 starters. not 8 like uga has. rambo didn’t impress when played last yr. if he was so good, why didn’t he play over jones who everyone complained about?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

April 29th, 2010
9:02 am

Unfortunately CMR and LG are each in tough situations. Neither can truly afford to let this drag out much longer. As school breaks and the Summer workouts begin the team needs to know where LG hearts at. You are either in Athens or your not. I wish him the best but he needs to make his choice soon.

Bobby

April 29th, 2010
9:06 am

I think you dawg fans are in for a long year. I would like to see a two qb scheme. With Logan running a 4.4 40 yd dash…who wouldn’t want to see him play qb!?! Murray is unproven. I’m not a dawg fan (i don’t hate georgia, i like watching them play) but I live in athens, ga, and I’m sick of watching the rebuilding process.

I think that georgia needs to get a real offensive coordinator not a former player that was a graduate assistant and promoted to OC. Be honest dawgs…Georgia has been trying to compete in the SEC with sub par coordinators. and the result is what dawg fans are experiencing now…BS!!!! Go get the best up and coming OC that fits your talent pool…and get rid of bobo!!!

But…I’m still enjoying my team at the Capstone in Tuscaloosa!!! That’s right…ROLL TIDE!!!! Maybe we can repeat…if we don’t…I don’t care because we won one last year!!!

JB

April 29th, 2010
9:21 am

Bobby…… You are right on spot………We are the 2nd or 3rd most profitable NCAA Div 1 Football program in the country and we’ve got a guy as OC WHO NOBODY HAS TRIED TO HIRE THE LAST TWO YEARS………………HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bobo would be fine at Wake, Duke, maybe Vandy……..But he’s holding us back, not helping us…….

gdawgy

April 29th, 2010
9:21 am

If Richt moves Gray to receiver, I believe he will stay. He’s a great athlete, just not a very good qb. Many backup qbs play receiver in CFB. Heck, Tex A&M’s leading receiver is their backup qb. Not saying he will lead us in receiving if he’s moved there, but he will contribute to the team. I thing Aaron will be a great qb at UGA. The kid stays in the film room, and he’s organizing all the voluntary workouts for the summer. He’s really taking off with the leadership role.

JB

April 29th, 2010
9:24 am

Yes, I know Bobo is alum and you ask why would he go to those schools as OC.? The answer is simple…He would go because he had been fired at Georgia, that’s why.

GTBOOK

April 29th, 2010
9:25 am

This is another case of cmr playing mind games with his qb! I think its sad and if I was Gray I would definately be out of there! He will never get that job. Telling him he can compete for it is true but for him to actually think he can win it or if they will let him win it is straight bs! That kid will not get a chance to start as long as murry is healthy! If they got rid of the best qb on the roster for Murray, Gray definately wont beat him out! I smell alittle pressure from up top on this one! Gray can go elsewhere and give himself a chance to be a starter, it just wont happen in athens! Politics in college football is very nasty and all these recruits better take notice cuz if the next great hope/hype comes in after them they can easily be the next Logan Gray!

tony

April 29th, 2010
9:26 am

Mr Richt is sending the wrong messages to his players. Why would he tell his players that a starter isn’t a starter just because it saids it on the depth chart? Does he realize that this kind of talk would affect his players psyche? I bet Aaron Murray is thinking that he must perform flawless to remain the starter. Aaron doesn’t need that kind of tension weighing on his mind especially coming from a hc. He needs all his focus to be used entirely on their opponents.

JB

April 29th, 2010
9:30 am

GTBOOK……It’s not a mind game, it’s a “performance” game…..didn’t Tech just have a QB transfer to
Georgia Southern. Did he leave because he was on the “cusp” of being the starter at Tech? Don’t think so. He probably looked at the depth chart and compared his chances to the people around him and saw his eligibility slipping away.