ATHENS — Aaron Murray has dropped the glove.
Georgia’s starting quarterback, who wore a glove on his throwing hand throughout spring practice, has reconsidered the idea and decided to play without it in preseason camp and during the season.
“I tried it on and off through the summer but just decided I felt more comfortable without the glove,” Murray said Monday. “I feel great right now, my timing and my throwing, and so I think I’ll be fine without it.”
Gloves have become a bit of a trend among NFL quarterbacks in recent seasons, with Kurt Warner, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady, among others, wearing them at times. In the spring, Murray said he thought the glove provided a better grip and more control of the ball.
For more on the quarterbacks — Murray, Hutson Mason and two walk-ons — from Day 1 of camp, please click here.
‘New ballgame’ for Gray
After three years at Georgia as a quarterback, Logan Gray made his practice-field debut at wide receiver Monday.
“It’s a new ballgame, really,” he said afterward.
Gray requested a shift to receiver after losing a spring battle for the No. 1 quarterback job to Murray. Coaches have told Gray he’s a full-time receiver for now, although they haven’t ruled out a possible return to quarterback, particularly in the event of an injury to Murray.
Asked where he currently sees himself on the quarterback-receiver scale –- 1 being a quarterback and 10 being a receiver –- the accommodating Gray came up with an answer: “8.23.”
Said Gray: “I think I pretty much worked my tail off and gave it everything I had here playing quarterback, and I really enjoyed it. But ultimately I wanted to get on the field. I wanted to start playing special teams again. I wanted to play. And after talking with the coaches, I thought that ultimately receiver might give me the best option to do that.
“You don’t know what’s going to happen. But I’m enjoying it so far.”
The NCAA probe
Georgia coach Mark Richt said Monday that he doesn’t know how long an NCAA investigation launched almost two weeks ago will last.
“We’ll just kind of wait it out,” he said.
Richt declined to comment further on the matter, other than to say all Georgia players are eligible for practice.
Wide receiver A.J. Green previously said Georgia officials asked him if he attended an agent-affiliated party in Miami that triggered NCAA investigations at three other colleges. Green also said previously that he told UGA officials he has never been to Miami.
Green seemed relaxed and upbeat Monday night, talking enthusiastically about the start of practice and the season ahead. On instructions from UGA officials, he declined to comment on the NCAA investigation.
“Can’t make [a] comment about that yet,” Green said. He declined to say whether he has talked with the NCAA.
Offensive lineman Trinton Sturdivant, who has missed almost all of the past two seasons with knee injuries, was back on the practice field Monday, working in a green non-contact jersey.
“Trinton is working as hard as he can to play the first game and play well,” offensive line coach Stacy Searels said. “I don’t know that he’s got any other goals than just to get back on the field and play well. He has had it extremely difficult over the last two years. Once Trinton’s on the grass, he’s a pleasure to coach. He did a good job [Monday].”
Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said the plan is to phase Sturdivant in slowly throughout camp, with the goal of “making sure he’s ready to be a contributor the whole season.”
Richt doesn’t rule out the possibility of inside linebacker Akeem Dent, sidelined after toe surgery last week, returning for the season opener. . . . Darryl Gamble will remain at outside linebacker despite Dent’s injury, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. . . . Freshman offensive lineman Kolton Houston is sidelined with a foot injury. It is not known how long he will be out.