Richt says no timetable for Gray decision but position switch possible if he stays

Georgia coach Mark Richt said Thursday afternoon that if quarterback Logan Gray “wants to stay at Georgia, I’ll work with him on what position he plays.”

Gray, the No. 2 quarterback on Georgia’s post-spring depth chart, met Monday with Richt to discuss his status on the team and the possibility of transferring to another school. Richt said Thursday there is no timetable for Gray to make a decision.

Richt reiterated that Gray still has a shot to be Georgia’s starting quarterback but said he also would have the option of playing another position. Gray previously expressed interest in playing wide receiver if things did not work out at quarterback. He was listed behind redshirt freshman Aaron Murray at quarterback on the depth chart released last week.

Gray “wants to play, and right now he’s not sure that he can,” Richt said. “I made it real clear, as clear as a bell, that we just had a post-spring depth chart that did not name anybody a starter at any position, including quarterback. But when he ended up No. 2 behind Murray, I’m sure that’s what triggered it.

“So he’s trying to decide what he wants to do –  whether he wants to stay here and, if he stays, what position he wants to play and all that kind of stuff. If he wants to be at Georgia, then I’ll work with him on what position he plays and all.”

Richt said it’s not unusual for a player in Gray’s situation to consider his options.

“This type of thing actually happens a whole lot more than anybody ever knows,” Richt said. “It usually doesn’t become a public issue. But I guess nowadays, with the way word travels, somebody caught wind that he had come to see me discussing what to do. Usually those things are done in private, and those kids have a chance to think about it without everybody hammering them on it and wondering what everybody’s opinion of it is.

“But the bottom line is, if he wants to be at Georgia, we’re glad to have him. And we are certainly a better team with him than without him.”

Part of the reason the Gray issue has caused such a ruckus is that if he were to transfer, Georgia’s only scholarship quarterbacks would be  Murray, who has never played in a college game, and incoming freshman Hutson Mason, who arrives this summer from Marietta’s Lassiter High School. Gray is a junior but has thrown only 12 passes in college games himself.

“Whether he’s here or whether he’s not here,” Richt said, “we have a tremendous amount of inexperience at the quarterback position.”

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Michael

April 29th, 2010
2:18 pm

Notice that CMR didnt say he would let Gray out if he wanted to transfer.

Angela

April 29th, 2010
2:23 pm

Who cares about anything that Mark Richt says? He’ll be gone a year from now for his total inability to win the big games, and for the arrest record of his players. He’s a complete disgrace and should be fired today.

College sports are not meant to be played by drunks and felons.

gdawgy

April 29th, 2010
2:27 pm

It’s gonna be hard for Gray to win back his teammates. Wanting to transfer just because he wasn’t named the top QB shows he isn’t ready to lead this team. I think a switch to receiver would be the right thing to do, but still keep him third on the depth chart at quarterback. If Murray ends up getting hurt and Mason just doesn’t cut it, then Gray would still be there.

Mike in the SAV

April 29th, 2010
2:33 pm

Angela,

I guess then that the following schools should fire their coaches too:

Minnesota
East Carolina
UL- LaFayette
Oregon
Duke
NC State
Buffalo
Marshall
Colorado
LSU
Ohio
Arkansas
The schools plus UGA have 105 arrests this year as of April 27.

College kids drink? who would have thunk it?

mark

April 29th, 2010
2:42 pm

“tremendous inexperience at the QB position”

And whose fault is that Richt?!?!?!?!

John

April 29th, 2010
2:42 pm

Angela, that is a pathetic jab at Mark Richt and the football program of the University of Georgia, he’s a class act and a very good football coach. The unfortunate truth is there are plenty of “drunks and felons” as you say at all schools, it has just been put under the magnifying glass recently at UGA. Now as for the subject of the article, I hope Logan chooses to stay but wish him well no matter what he does! I agree we’re better with him, he provides depth and likely a more reliable backup than the young guys coming in. If he opts for more playing time somewhere else I don’t blame him though. Can’t wait for the fall to get here, Go dawgs!

Dixie Clear

April 29th, 2010
2:42 pm

amen angela…..

JB

April 29th, 2010
2:42 pm

I ‘m real concerned about out depth chart at QB. Not Murray, our depth. We are one bad ankle away from playing a QB who doesn’t know how to find the practice field by himself, much less run a SEC offense.

TexasDawg

April 29th, 2010
2:44 pm

LOL!!! Change positions?? Why the hell did he not ask the samething of Cox last year?? Cox sucked all year and he did not een take a chance on playing another guy, so now we are to believe Gray could not work out. Gray not only did not get an proper chance the guy is really getting hosed by CMR. Last year CMR stuck with the senior (who sucked) instead of giving anyone of those backups a chance. And before people start saying he did give Gray a chance, please read the article again “12″ passes is not a chance!!!!!

JB

April 29th, 2010
2:44 pm

Going to hear Richt tonight in Augusta…….

DawginLex

April 29th, 2010
2:51 pm

Angela=toothless, classless loser

Richt has booted 3 kids off the team this spring for doing stuoid stuff. What else do you want him to do? They are college kids who are going to drink and party and he keeps them under wraps pretty well. Plus he sets a great example with the type of person he is.

Who is your team/coach Angela?
Unless it is a group of nuns living in a convent, chances are somebody there has screwed up just like the UGA kids.

DawginLex

April 29th, 2010
2:52 pm

stupid stuff, not stuoid

dance biscuits

April 29th, 2010
2:53 pm

“amen angela”? Stay off the Everclear, dixie clear

How2fish

April 29th, 2010
2:53 pm

Mike in the SAV you also forgot UT and UF.and Mark CMR didn’t make Mett do the DA things he did…so you have 1 QB gets himself kicked off the team and then another get his feelings hurt because he feels slighted and threatens to take his ball and go home…what exactly would you have CMR do overlook Mett actions? Promise Logan the starting gig? Kidnap another school’s QB? What??

Amazing

April 29th, 2010
2:54 pm

Thought I would grade the bloogers for a change:

Michael D
Angela F
GDawgy A
Mike in SAV A
Mark D
John A
Dixie Clear F
JB C
Texas Dawg C
JB B

Amazing

April 29th, 2010
3:00 pm

DawginLex A
dance biscuits A
How2Fish A

Angela is an idiot

April 29th, 2010
3:01 pm

College kids drink. Angela likely didn’t because she likely has no friends. If Angela worked for me I would fire her for being an idiot. Athletes are still regular people. UGA is far from the only place where kids drink and then get suspended. Go back to Tech Angela.

patrick

April 29th, 2010
3:02 pm

Angela… Richt is 9-2 in big games (bowls and championships) you need to go back to knitting and leave football to us guys

Logan Grey

April 29th, 2010
3:05 pm

I’m leaving because Bobo couldn’t coach a peewee football team to a .500 win season, much less coordinate an SEC offense. Sheesh….

Charlie Hayes

April 29th, 2010
3:05 pm

CMR has done a great job at UGA. He has set the bar for the attitude and leadership for all college coaches. Sure, CMR has struggled at times, however what college coach has not struggled? College football is more than just one player as well. If the O-Line gels this summer and Trinton’s knee holds up then you better look out. UGA will run the ground-and-pound all over the SEC. UGA is two-deep with experience at every O-Line position and we have four (4) running backs that can all lay the wood. The 2010 O-team will be a 60 rush / 10 pass type O and they will have a big year. The questions people should be asking is about the improvement of the D. Will UGA be able to stop people with our new 3-4 D? If the D can hold up and Bobo understands he needs to “Run-the-State” then this years team will serve up a 10-2 record for sure. The QB will be handing off this year, thus it could be Gray, Murray, Mason or even AJ Green starting at QB this year….Come on Dawg fans didnt you watch the GT game? “I RUN THIS STATE”. Go Dawgs!

Amazing

April 29th, 2010
3:10 pm

It’s probably a good thing this site is about CMR and UGA football. How negative would it be if we were talking about the Hawks or Braves right now?

DOC REEM

April 29th, 2010
3:12 pm

First of all why do you all even respond to people like “ANGELA”. Not even worth the time so PLEASE just ignore those type of comments that waste blog space.

Secondly if Logan wants to leave then let him leave. It’s kills our depth at the QB position but it also allows us to be very attractive to 2011 QB recruits. Not only that if Hutson Mason can’t learn the plays and hand the ball off then he should’nt have been recruited. This year is about Run Game and Defense. UGA has to re-establish these areas first. Therefore a QB that throws for 3,000 yrds is wish-full thinking. Logan Gray is not an SEC caliber QB and anyone that knows top football can see it. He wasn’t really given the fairest chance but at the same time the kid would not have played at all last year if Aaron Murray would have been healthy at the start of the season. Aaron had a shoulder or elbow problem and therefore he was not asked to play. Another thing is Logan is not as athletic as the coaching staff and the media made him out to be, so a move to receiver might not be the answer either. Just let him go if that’s what he wants to do.

Kip

April 29th, 2010
3:16 pm

I’m not sure Logan believes Richt, because Logan beat out Murray in the 3 spring scrimmages, and still didn’t get named #1 on the dpeth chart. no way Murray’s 2 td/3 int, 3 spring scrimmages performances beat out logan’s 2 td’s, 1 int, 3 spring scrimmages performances, both were same in accuracy, and yards per pass, but Gray was 3x better in td to int ratio, gray also got better over the 3 spring scrimmages, while murray got worse, Gray is more experienced in the system, also it might seen odd to gray that aron whie is also #2 on depth chart, might look like richt’s trying to keep murray happy by naming murray & orson #1 on depth chart, so I’m sure logan is thinking, even if he does 3x better than Murray again, will Richt overrule what happens in the summer public scrimmages? I doubt it.

Buzz Kill

April 29th, 2010
3:24 pm

Angela could use a drink.

Angela says.....

April 29th, 2010
3:27 pm

“Who cares about anything that Mark Richt says? ”

ummmmmmm….you’re here arent you? LOL. too easy.

tide roll

April 29th, 2010
3:30 pm

Richt needs to sell his lake house and quit leaving early to go to his kids jv games. The coaches and players see this and it affects their motivation. Sell the Lake house and do what you’re paid alot to do. I appreciate uga pulling jonathan owens and ben jones out of alabama and letting us have james carpenter and chance warmack out of georgia. Nice. Also the entire sec appreciates you moving Kiante Tripp and bean Anderson from the ol. Nice. Roll Tide.

Portland Dawg

April 29th, 2010
3:31 pm

Kip…. thats true but for whatever reason Richt seems to like what he’s seeing out of Murray more. I dont think we should spculate what White, Murray, Gray, Charles, Richt MIGHT be thinking. We are on the outside looking in. Most of us noly know what we read in the papers and what a friend of a friend told us.

patrick

April 29th, 2010
3:32 pm

Angela???

under Richt

He is 24-7 against the SEC West.

He is 28-16 against the SEC East.

He is 38-4 against nonconference opponents.

He is 8-1 against Georgia Tech.

He won four of his first five games against Tennessee, but has lost three of the last four against the Vols since then.

Ranks third in winning percentage among active college coaches that have coached for at least five years, now that Pete Carroll left USC for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

He is 90-27, trailing only Urban Meyer (96-18) and Bob Stoops (117-29)

Mark Richt is one of only six coaches to win two SEC football championships in their first five years coaching. He is also one of only five head coaches in SEC history to record four straight 10-win seasons

Coach Richt’s Red and Black outfits have never posted a losing record in conference play and six of his last eight squads have finished 6-2 or better in regular-season SEC contests.
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Mark Richt’s overall success in Southeastern Conference action—including two SEC titles, three conference championship game appearances, and four finishes of no worse than tied for first place in the East, with no losing records in the process—is without parallel in Georgia football history.

There are those in Bulldog Nation who would like to see Mark Richt run out of town on a rail. Such people should be turned over to the custody of Mike Leach, in the hope that he will treat their obvious head trauma the way he treated Adam James’s
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You are a gosh darn genius Gump

Frank Lane

April 29th, 2010
3:37 pm

Attention Coaches. “Remember Hines Ward” Played receiver, running back, and quarterback as needed. Went on the MVP in Super Bowl. Put Gray on field in various positions.

DawgBuzz

April 29th, 2010
3:39 pm

Really, playing both QB’s going into the season needs to happen. There is no depth there. Naming one ahead of the other might light a fire but I don’t see where one has out distance the other.

jzdawg

April 29th, 2010
3:53 pm

If Gray transfers can we secretly dress out David Green and Eric Zeier as backups? Or Aaron’s brother Josh is a senior walk-on safety on the defense – he was a shortstop in minor league baseball so surely he has a good arm?

Mike in the SAV

April 29th, 2010
3:57 pm

I didn’t forget about UT- seems like they had a couple of BB players arrested this year and UF…I can’t recall.
Point is College kids drink and do stupid things. That will never ever change.

Church of the Latter Day Dude

April 29th, 2010
3:58 pm

Does this place look like I’m *ing married?

Do you see a wedding band on my finger?

The toilet lid is up, man.

The Ghost of Wally Butts

April 29th, 2010
4:01 pm

This issue will become more and more prevelant. These kids have grown up in the “everybody gets a trophy for participating” generation. They don’t understand the old fashioned “the best players get to play” routine.

It’s interesting as heck to see them continue to get pampered in college, then go to the NFL and have reality hit them right in the mouth.

WIll

April 29th, 2010
4:03 pm

The dirty little secret most people don’t understand because too many focus on trivial bs like who got a minor in possession and so on but let me tell you this because I know……. UGA is going to have a helluva football team in 2010. Our defense is stacked and finally we have some coaches who will play the best 11 that we have. Washaun and AJ are future top 5 picks and our offensive line will gel and get better every game. Do not think for a second that this UGA team does not have the talent to win every game this season- including UF??? Because my friends let me tell you, UGA is stacked and talented at every position. I look for an amazing 11-1 run and a National Coach of the Year award for CMR. And for the Bama nerd who always puts down Bean Anderson- that man is going to be a beast at NG so shut up and go away.

can anyone say conspiracy...

April 29th, 2010
4:05 pm

WOW Kip, so you think it’s a conspiracy against the Missouri boys do ya!
Really statistics don’t tell the whole story, but here goes…

RECEIVING GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
———————————————————
Orson Charles 13-3 23 374 16.3 3 44 28.8

Aron White 13-12 13 198 15.2 4 27 15.2

There’s plenty of playing time on this team, so don’t get hung up on who is starting and who isn’t. Two quality TE’s is a nice problem to have. However, if you insist on pushing a conspiracy, then you might want to get some tin foil for the top of your head; just to be safe so that no one is reading your thoughts and stealing some of these great conspiracy theories!

gdawginkalamazoo

April 29th, 2010
4:06 pm

Frank Lane, you forgot to mention that Hines is probably heading to the Hall of Fame.

Lilburn Dawg

April 29th, 2010
4:09 pm

If David Green goes back to graduate school at UGA, would he be eligible to play some more football???

ozzfest

April 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

EVERY OTHER YEAR ABOUT THIS TIME RICHT COMMENTS “WE SURE ARE SHORT AT X POSITION THIS YEAR”.

SOMEHOW I DOUBT NICK SABAN HAS EVER UTTERED THOSE WORDS.

HOW DO WE END UP WITH NO OL (2003), NO RUNNING BACKS (2004) AND NOW NO QBS (2008 & 2009)?

KSU OWL

April 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

It really doesn’t matter who the backup QB is this year because UGA will focus on the run until Murray gets a little experience under his belt. I’m sure Mason knows how to hand it off if he’s #2.

LCDawg

April 29th, 2010
4:13 pm

How fast is Logan Gray i.e. 40 time?

1eyedJack

April 29th, 2010
4:13 pm

No doubt exists that all women are crazy; it’s only a question of degree. Women should be obscene and not heard.

LCDawg

April 29th, 2010
4:13 pm

ozzfest, it’s straight up poor recruiting

Zach Mettenburger

April 29th, 2010
4:14 pm

I think Logan should transfer. I’m mulling over where I should go next. Logan, to his credit, is a better dancer than Aaron Murray. He and I used to Tango alot. I think UGA will compete for the SEC title next year. I’ll be playing football on Madden’s NCAA 2010. I’m really good.

How2fish

April 29th, 2010
4:23 pm

Mike in the SAV yeah UT had the BB players but also 3 football held up a 7-11 and the safety just got a DUI and UF had some player who thought girls are punching bags..and yes all schools have players drinking and doing dumb stuff…and Gosh I was such a level headed kid at that age NOT..LOL

coachdawg 2000

April 29th, 2010
4:23 pm

Look, Logan Gray is experienced depth. It is great to have but was Joe T’s “experience in the program” any help against UF in 2005 when Shockley went down. The only TD pass was thrown by Thomas Brown. If he wants to go play the shotgun-spread at Jax State or somewhere else then so be it otherwise make him a slot receiver/ wild-dog gimmick guy. I don’t care about him (or Mettenberger) being on the QB depth chart becuase it has been obvious that Aaron Murray is the guy.

How2fish

April 29th, 2010
4:24 pm

ozzfest you get the moron of the first water award for today…Enjoy !

1eyedJack

April 29th, 2010
4:26 pm

Logan is 4.4 I believe.

Jerry

April 29th, 2010
4:30 pm

Murray was promised the starting job if he would commit to Georgia. CMR is just honoring the pledge he made to the young man. That is much more important than who is the most qualified and skilled candidate for the job.

TD

April 29th, 2010
4:31 pm

First of all….. good job Patrick.

Secondly, for those jumping off of the CMR wagon, please don’t jump back on when you find that you were wrong. There won’t be room for you then!

Lastly, Angela, you are truly an idiot!