Logan Gray: full-time wide receiver AND backup quarterback?

ATHENS –- When Georgia’s football team opens preseason practice, Logan Gray likely will be working full-time at wide receiver. But if Aaron Murray gets hurt early in the season, Gray “naturally” would be called on to play quarterback.

That’s how offensive coordinator Mike Bobo sized up Georgia’s backup-quarterback situation Wednesday.

The Bulldogs’ quarterback depth chart has Murray No. 1, Gray No. 2 and freshman Hutson Mason No. 3. But the picture behind Murray has been muddled since April, when coach Mark Richt said Gray would be given a chance, as he desired, to earn playing time at receiver.

“It’s not 100 percent, but right now [Gray] is going to be working full-time receiver and trying to get in that mode to see if he can help us there,” Bobo said Wednesday. “We don’t want to jerk the kid around and say you’re doing this one day and [that] the next day.”

But who, then, would take over at quarterback if Murray, a redshirt freshman, is injured in preseason or early in the schedule?

First, Bobo knocked on wood -– a conference-room table –- to try to ward off  injury to Murray.

Then, he answered: “I’d say naturally it would be Logan Gray if something happened because he’s got experience and he’s practiced that position for three years now. I’d say [Gray] unless the freshman [Mason] comes out here and lights it up and you feel like, ‘Hey, we’ve got something right here.’ You never know who will surprise you, but if something happened I’d probably say Logan right now.”

It’s an unusual situation: a backup quarterback who might not practice at quarterback.

“It is scary,” Bobo said. “It’s scary starting any season with a new quarterback that hasn’t played . . . and now you don’t have any depth at that position, [which] is scary. But that’s where we are.

“We as an offensive football team have really got to depend on our offensive line this year, and hopefully this is the year we stay healthy and stay together and play like we think we can play.”

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Georgia safety Shawn Williams‘ family lost their home in Damascus, Ga., to a fire Tuesday night. Damascus is in Early County in southwest Georgia.

Fundraising efforts are underway to help the family replace belongings destroyed in the fire. After consultation with the NCAA, UGA said donations can be deposited into a special account at: Bank of Early, attention Andy Smith, P.O. Box 527, Blakely, GA, 39823.

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Offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant, who has missed almost all of the past two seasons with knee injuries, is expected to be ready for the start of preseason practice. But Georgia is “going to have to wait and see how he progresses” in practice before trying to figure out how the offensive line might be shuffled to accommodate his return, Bobo said.

“If he comes back healthy and is able to play this year, it will definitely be a bonus,” Bobo said. “Where he fits and what we do there, I can’t answer that right now. There’s a lot of practice to determine that.”

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56 comments Add your comment

Dawg Gone It

July 14th, 2010
6:11 pm

Should it be:

Bank of Early, attention Andy Smith, P.O. Box 527, Blakely, GA, 39823

Tim Tucker

July 14th, 2010
6:17 pm

Dawg Gone It: That’s better. Changed it. Thanks.

Bubba G

July 14th, 2010
6:18 pm

Go Dawgs!!!!!

Beast from the East

July 14th, 2010
6:21 pm

Could be a nightmare if Murray goes down. Hopefully, he stays healthy and Gray can stay at the WR spot.
Can’t wait till September…Go Gators!

destin dawg

July 14th, 2010
6:28 pm

Get Hutson Mason some playing time early & often… he’s trying to get ready.. great passer.. Parade All American.. hard worker.. 2 Frosh that will shine this year when needed… Hutson & “Boo” Malcome.. get ‘em some playing time. !!!!

Red Panty Gate

July 14th, 2010
6:35 pm

One QB injury away from 3-9

Dawgtards ruin this state

July 14th, 2010
6:37 pm

Who’s your AD? Who’s your only 3 QB’s? Who’s Mr. Suntan?

KimZ'spackage

July 14th, 2010
6:39 pm

Could be interesting. So. Carolina game could Hutson have to play some. I don’t know if Logan has what it takes if he hasn’t won the job over the time he has been at UGA. Hutson is one good HIT away from playing, ok maybe 2 good hits.

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extrapoint

July 14th, 2010
6:45 pm

If Gray needs to play, then use the package designed for him, not for Cox like last year. He’s a roll out and run quarterback. So far, all I’ve seen from Gray is for him to drop back and pass on plays called by BoBo.. He’s not Cox or Stafford. Open it up.

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Bryan G.

July 14th, 2010
7:07 pm

On a related note, Logan Gray looks like a creepy child molester on the new NCAA ‘11 game on PS3.

Footlong dawg

July 14th, 2010
7:07 pm

Go Dawgs.. play tough defense.. with the great new coaches.. turnover scores on defense.. we got the best kickers in the world !! will have much improved field position… take pressure off the offense.. we’ll be good this year !!

Bippity Boppity Boo Boo

July 14th, 2010
7:14 pm

Whats really scary is when the injury bug hits along with more arrests that will hit in August. Will UGA field a team for the SC game ?

Rod

July 14th, 2010
7:17 pm

It isn’t as big of a deal as it is being made out to be. Hines Ward played running back and wide reciever and then we had to put him in at QB and played great.

Frank Lane

July 14th, 2010
7:22 pm

Yep. Turn Logan into a Hines Ward. It worked out for the dawgs and for Hines. Superbowl MVP.

Botox dad

July 14th, 2010
7:23 pm

Im not worried about this team as long as CMR gets them to the Ramsey Center for a daily swim.

ed

July 14th, 2010
7:25 pm

Hey Rod….Logan Gray ain’t no Hines Ward.

Jim

July 14th, 2010
7:27 pm

If Logan Gray is our backup, then we have no backup. See the previous two years of performance. I am not commenting on his heart because if Joe T and Joe Cox had been measured by heart there would be no issue. Unfortunately, the quarterback/offensive coordinator should be held accountable for this situation.

college is forever

July 14th, 2010
7:29 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com Hopefully Murray will be ok, and if not we will keep on keepin on as we all know life and football are not fair. But this will be a very good year for Bulldog nation. Keep a look out for the UGA classic tin lunchbox at a local Kroger store near you. Soon to be in the Metro Atlanta, Athens, Macon area. Go Dawgs!!

bkbroila4224

July 14th, 2010
7:30 pm

Why not??? Texas A&M had one of the most successful passing attacks in the nation last year…One of their top receivers was none other than their #2 QB…Rashad Jones nearly killed the guy!

Paul in RDU

July 14th, 2010
7:34 pm

Presumably by the opener Bobo will have decided who the backup QB is and have him prepared. The concept of the #2 QB being a full time WR is crazy – this isn’t pro football where you have plenty of time to practice – the NCAA limits practice time.

sandyspringsjacket

July 14th, 2010
7:36 pm

Overated THUGA in for a long year with rookie QB and Logan ” I ain’t no Hines Ward” Gray as the back up. Mason was overated as a 3 star. Maybe BOO BOO will direct snap to wrong way Caleb on his moter scooter.

SD Dawg

July 14th, 2010
7:39 pm

Tough dilemma. Do you play Mason when you can to get him some snaps or do you hold those snaps for Murray who really needs as much live action as he can get? By this, I am talking about the lay-up first game. The OL better be ready to carry the weight because they ultimately will be the key to the season.

jasont13

July 14th, 2010
7:41 pm

sandyspringsjacket-You have a lot of comments about UGA considering your great football team is still Receiving the Heimlich Maneuver from their games against UGA and Iowa.

Patsy

July 14th, 2010
7:44 pm

A big gamble. I saw LG in a few dog games on TV last year and he never had a chance to look like a QB should…predetermined play that was not pretty. And they seemed never to work.

If it is 100F in Columbia, you guys might need two or three @QB.

Sports Review

July 14th, 2010
7:55 pm

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Tide Roll

July 14th, 2010
7:59 pm

RUMOR HAS IT THAT FLORIDA FANS HAVE HIRED AN AIRPLANE TO FLY A GIANT RED PANTY AROUND ALLTEL DURING THIS YEARS GA/FLA GAME. CAN ANYONE CONFIRM THIS?

Tangier

July 14th, 2010
8:01 pm

Richt is probably on the phone right now apologizing to Zach and begging him to come back.

Murray is so over-rated that it’s pathetic, and this will be obvious in game 2 against SC.

Margaret Thatcher

July 14th, 2010
8:04 pm

RUMOR HAS IT THAT FLORIDA FANS HAVE HIRED AN AIRPLANE TO FLY A GIANT RED PANTY AROUND ALLTEL DURING THIS YEARS GA/FLA GAME. CAN ANYONE CONFIRM THIS?

It wasn’t true, but it probably is now. It’s a splendid suggestion! :-)

Fred Annison in Clarksville

July 14th, 2010
8:07 pm

All of you UGAy fans need to get your heads out of the sand and start worrying about the biggest problem at UGAy. At the rate your player thugs are being arrested, you’ll be lucky to have a football team by this fall.

The Dogfighter Returns

July 14th, 2010
8:11 pm

red panties on sale two for $10.00 http://www.damonevans.com. :)

Worm

July 14th, 2010
8:12 pm

Jim, You are full of crap..How’s Bobo responsible for someone being kicked off the team..If the Mett situation happened earlier, I’m sure a JUCO QB would have been signed…Any SEC team that loses their starter, is in serious trouble!

Mikey in the SAV

July 14th, 2010
8:15 pm

If all you got is panty jokes you aint got much. The AD is long gone and he didn’t have anything to do with the players on the field. That’s where the rubber will meet the road.

Dawgmess

July 14th, 2010
8:19 pm

Annison, this was a discussion about quarterbacks. Try to think of something original and intelligent to say.

KimZ'spackage

July 14th, 2010
8:24 pm

I hear CMR is going to have the QB’s wear red panties to show no contact instead of a green jersey.

KimZ'spackage

July 14th, 2010
8:25 pm

Is that better Dawgmess?

rabbit

July 14th, 2010
8:39 pm

was wondering why jeese jackson is quick to jump on the cavs owner for being to harsh with his statements on lebron leaving his franchise and calling him a slaveowner yet he doesnt come in the spotlight when a bunch of volunteer football players jump on a white man and stomp him to the ground and then almost kill an off duty cop by kicking him in the head? i am sick of it and no im not racist but it seems that jeese jackson is.come to labrons defense but sweep the bad of the vols under the table.come on jeese.

Dawgmess

July 14th, 2010
8:39 pm

Yeah, KimZ, you’re a reguler Mensa candidate.

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Murray will be fine and so will Gray

July 14th, 2010
10:05 pm

Being named the starter takes a lot of pressure off a kid. The same would go w/ Gray if he is needed and the job was turned over to him. Playing in the SEC is pressure, but trying to win a position and fulfill a lifetime dream of QBing at a major football program is also a heck of lot of pressure for a college kid. I suspect Gray will step it up and do a great job if needed, and Murray should benefit from being the man going into the fall. What is this fascination with Met, he’s gone, get over it. He is exactly the immature young man (thuga) that you fans want kicked off the team to clean up this program reguardless of skin color.

Top Dawg

July 14th, 2010
11:02 pm

Who’s this Andy Smith character and why does he get props in the story? Is that Vinnie?

bkbroila4224

July 14th, 2010
11:44 pm

wow…I can’t believe I entertained Roll Tide on the bulldogs buck 2-a-days blog…LOL…he must be steaming about the Bulldawgs whooping his elephant a.ss 3 out of 4 years in the 2000’s….LOL…we heard you the first time, loser…nice job on the SEC championship and a default win in the NC….NOW, GFY…you figure it out dumbaas….How about this? I hear, Auburn is going to hire a plane to fly a big picture of a Textbook
over the stadium for your game or a picture of Nick Saban’s overly done Veneers…your joke was semi-funny the first time, so stop while you’re ahead and stop posting it on every site…LMAO

RED DOG 77

July 15th, 2010
1:00 am

Hey “Patsy” if it is 100F in Columbia, we won’t even need a QB………just a direct snap to Ealy or King behind our “road graders ” is all we will need to do all day………….Now about that boy under center for you ? he will need some help, cause those big ol DOGS gonna be comin’ after him all day long . 100F or 110F the hotter the better for the DOGS !!!!!!………By the way “Patsy” doesn’t that boy that plays QB for you have some “happy feet “?………..just wonderin’………Regards, RED

What we really need;

July 15th, 2010
8:14 am

is the Bear to take this team to Junction Texas

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I Could Have Put Some Lame Name Here

July 15th, 2010
10:08 am

what’s the big deal with red panties? I agree if that’s what u are pinning your hopes on.You are sad sad sad
We like red panties down here. The more the merrier. As long as there are women wearing them. I would suspect that men waving or wearing them are probably gay any way.

jaxdawg

July 15th, 2010
10:55 am

the hate is strong on red panties. I personally am a fan of them. Plus you need to have a pair of them handy just in case you are “trying to get this girl home.”
On another note i like Gray at WR but a comparison to Hines Ward is laughable

Dawg4Life

July 15th, 2010
1:14 pm

Two words: Hines Ward.

Freddie V.

July 15th, 2010
2:13 pm

Life long Athenian and Dog fan. We could lose most of our SEC games this year, and that’s my expectation going into the season. Let’s be realistic: New defense, new coaches, new quarterback (with no experience), young team, and all the “Bad JuJu” in the air (arrests, AD firing,and that stupid “hot seat” tag for the head coach) Just hope fans could be reasonable and patient. Where is our right to play for the ntaional championship every year codfied?