Logan Gray’s ‘new ballgame’ (and other notes from Day 1 of UGA camp)

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.

Sturdivant’s return

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.”

Etc.

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.

68 comments Add your comment

RomeDawg

August 2nd, 2010
9:27 pm

Kudos to Logan Gray for being a faithful dawg! Hopefully he has a breakout year at WR. I am sure the bulldawg nation will be pulling for him.

Herschel Walker

August 2nd, 2010
9:29 pm

I think I still have a year of eligibility left. Call me !!!

Athens > Hotlanta

August 2nd, 2010
9:31 pm

30-24 !! hahaha

john

August 2nd, 2010
9:31 pm

So………give me some speculation on the investigation

Pat

August 2nd, 2010
9:37 pm

Logan’s a good kid. Maybe he’ll be a good coach one day. Hopefully Richt keeps that edge going. AJ Green eats people.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

August 2nd, 2010
9:38 pm

WHOOP THEM GAYTORS!

Jimmy

August 2nd, 2010
9:44 pm

I know it’s day 1 of practice, but how did Mason look at QB?? Any website I can go to to get any practice coverage?

I will not be the next head coach at Alabama. I am the head coach of the Miami Dolphins

August 2nd, 2010
9:46 pm

You have to pull for a player like Logan. Comes a long way from home (Missouri) to play QB in Athens. Gets passed over a couple of times, and realizes his dream of playing Div 1 QB isn’t going to happen. Doesn’t pout, works hard, does what is asked of him, and is glad to be given a chance at receiver. I don’t know him at all, but he seems to be a #1 good guy. Why can’t we get more stories like this?

Similar thoughts on Richard Samuel. Works hard to be a TB at UGA, plays fairly well, and gets unseated. Doesn’t pout, sees a chance to play another position, works hard, and apparently he’ll get some playing time this year.

Best of luck to both Logan and Richard.

Jesse James

August 2nd, 2010
9:46 pm

You really pull for a kid like Logan Gray! He is already a winner in my book!

dawgma

August 2nd, 2010
9:48 pm

Gray – ur a real athlete baby! REAL studs just want on the field BABY – GOOD LUCK -go dawgs1

Jesse James

August 2nd, 2010
9:48 pm

Hey Dolphin coach, you are right. I forgot about Richard, but he has handled his situation with class also. My dad always said good things happen to good people and I know good things are ahead for both of them. Class Acts! These are the guys the media needs to talk about!

CLEVON LITTLE

August 2nd, 2010
9:53 pm

Let’s go get’em DAWGS!!!!!!!!!

superDawg

August 2nd, 2010
9:56 pm

Matt the Hat

August 2nd, 2010
10:00 pm

Logan Gray is a tremendous athlete. He’s so versatile–can do a lot of awesome things this season–wildawg, receiver, Percy role running some, returning punts, he’s bazing fast, and protects the football. Ultimate team player. Logan’s the man.

As a former QB, what an asset at receiver, he knows how the wb thinks, knows the playbooks inside & out.

Watch out for Logan, he might be the difference maker this year.

Dog Town

August 2nd, 2010
10:03 pm

Logan Gray in the Wild Dawg? WOW! CraZY. Will he; run, pass, or option? Nuts. Drive a defense bonkers if he’s back there in the wild dawg. Love it.

dagnabit

August 2nd, 2010
10:07 pm

I see that you dawggies made it through the weekend without a DUI hit-n-run.

#1 party school

August 2nd, 2010
10:08 pm

which is exactly why I will never hire from UGA, or any SEC school. Jamming 300 people into an auditorium to hear a graduate assistant regurgitate the pages of a textbook is not higher education. It’s a great way to sleep off a hangover, however.

Jesse James

August 2nd, 2010
10:09 pm

dagnabit – we are glad you are concerned. Maybe they won’t turn out like you!

dagnabit

August 2nd, 2010
10:09 pm

Wild dawg? Does that have anything to do with red panties? And a DUI.

#1 party school

August 2nd, 2010
10:11 pm

Damon Evans must be proud. As should all of you “dawgs” who’s diploma continues to depreciate. Did I mention that the Hope scholarship is going away? that means more brain drain for this state. On the bright side, it’s less intellectual talent to be wasted and undeveloped in Athens, I guess. Same goes for the football recruting talent if you think about it

#1 party school

August 2nd, 2010
10:11 pm

dagnabit

August 2nd, 2010
10:11 pm

jesse james- you’re a liar. You’re not glad.

Jesse James

August 2nd, 2010
10:15 pm

dagnabit – I do lie sometimes, but not this time because why don’t you call Coach Richt every Monday morning and give him a report, since you are so concerned about the Dawgs.

dagnabit

August 2nd, 2010
10:15 pm

I suppose being a #1 party school goes with the DUIs.

Athens > Hotlanta

August 2nd, 2010
10:16 pm

♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥♥ ♥ ♥♥

dagnabit

August 2nd, 2010
10:22 pm

JESSE! Not concerned with puppie dawgs, jesse dawgs, or even DUI dawgs. What would I tell cmr ? He knows his team is a bunch of drinkin’ hit-n-runners.

Jesse James

August 2nd, 2010
10:25 pm

dagnabit – Why did you go to the trouble to blog on here about no DUI’s? Don’t tell me you aren’t concerned about them Dawgs. You are scared!

dagnabit

August 2nd, 2010
10:28 pm

JJ- I lost my youngest son to a drunk driver 21 years ago. I hate drunk drivers.

Jesse James

August 2nd, 2010
10:38 pm

dagnabit – I am very sorry to hear that. No one should have to go through that. My prayers are with you and your family. I apologize for my comments. I get on here cutting the fool and sometimes I assume others are too. I wish the NCAA would come down on these atheletes if they are caught with alcohol, maybe a year suspension the first time and if they are driving declare them ineligible immediately. I know that will never happen. Too much money involved. I got a little long, but once again I am very sorry.

SKB

August 2nd, 2010
10:44 pm

Drinking is the Ultimate fall of UGA program.. If players weren’t so busy drinking they would not get arrested and have a stronger mind. Maybe I am a hypocrite for saying that, well I am addicted to video games…

college is forever

August 2nd, 2010
10:47 pm

http://www.collegelunchboxes.com Here’s hoping for for an injury free summer camp, because Murray is going to have to grow up real fast starting in week number 2 up in Columbia. Don’t forget your UGA classic tin lunchbox you can use it as a donation jar for your friends to throw a few bucks in to help pay for the food, soda, beer they mooch off of you. Get them at Kroger or online. Go Dawgs!!!

Jesse James

August 2nd, 2010
10:49 pm

That is why we don’t need to let these thug drinkers get all the attention when you have guys like Logan Gray and Richard Samuel that need to get the media attention. Logan and Richard are two guys that are team guys and are willing to do anything they can to help the team. We can’t let our drinkers take away from what these guys are getting done.

dagnabit

August 2nd, 2010
10:52 pm

JJ- I’m sorry also. I really shouldn’t tea off on uga since drinking has a history at tech also. I’m just wired up cause uga has been in the news so much lately. Led by Damon.

SKB

August 2nd, 2010
10:54 pm

Any news why CMR chose Murray over Logan Gray? Gray has much more experience with the team and as a college level QB, b/c he has played before. Its very risky to invest everything into Murray, knowing that he might get injured, and something tells me he will.. He was injured for 6 games in Plant HS, and had a black eye before practice..

Jesse James

August 2nd, 2010
10:59 pm

dagnabit- You are right about Damon Evans. How he could do that to his family and also he better be thankful he wasn’t involved in an accident himself. Just Poor Leadership. Well long day tomorrow, got hit the sack. Take care!

Hunker Down

August 2nd, 2010
11:20 pm

Dog Town, I think you got a got plan in the wild Dawg with Gray. They talk about Smith but he can’t throw like gray could to keep them guessing.

Dawgtards ruin this state

August 2nd, 2010
11:29 pm

Damon Evans is who we are

bitter buck bulue

August 2nd, 2010
11:35 pm

little sore after day 1, going to be a great year for me and hersal

RIF

August 2nd, 2010
11:36 pm

“tea” off on someone? What? And you dare talk about education? Moron.

will

August 3rd, 2010
12:13 am

Just curious…if Logan Gray is so talented, then why was Joe Cox qb last year?

will

August 3rd, 2010
1:03 am

and another thought….My understanding is that Logan Gray decided he wanted to change positions. That does not happen very often. Isn’t it the responsibility of the coach to put his players in the right position to give the team the best chance to win. If Logan Gray is so talented should he not be “plan B” just in case Murry is injured, rather than a true freshman. Shouldn’t Gray be practicing at qb in case AM is injured. I am just an uneducated fan, but these are questions I have. Hopefully Murry stays healthy and we GATA all year!!! Go Dawgs

sb

August 3rd, 2010
5:02 am

Just a suggestion here but don’t you think the “Wild” whatever offense name has been used enough?
How bout the “AtomicDawg” offense? Just a thought

12-2

August 3rd, 2010
6:15 am

These are the same comments he made this time last season about Joe Cox, who promptly went out and led The Bulldogs to 17 interceptions, 22 fumbles, # 96 in Penalties and 5 losses including to Kentucky at our house.

Coach Richt said how great Joe Cox was going to be, too. Coach Richt didn’t have anyone behind him, if he got injured, either.

“You look at the program Joe Cox came out of – they won every time,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “He knows what it feels like to have a bunch of guys come together and believe. So he’s trying to recreate that type of atmosphere here and he’s doing a good job.” “Joe’s exactly what we thought he was,” Richt said. “Very accurate, kind of a football junkie, loved the game. I didn’t realize how much he loved Georgia. He instantly loved Georgia.” “If you’ve got Joe Cox as your quarterback, you can win. You can win in this league,” Richt said. “You can win anywhere with Joe as your quarterback. I’ve always believed we can win with Joe. I’ve always believed.” “When it comes to quarterback play, you need to have an accurate passer, a great decision-maker and a young man who can handle the pressure of the job,” Richt said. “Joe really personifies all those characteristics.” “We have exit meetings in the spring. We talk to players after spring ball,” Richt said. “One of the things we ask them, besides talking about their strengths and weaknesses and what their goals are and that kind of thing, is: Who are the leaders on this football team, in your opinion? It was like 106 out of 110 guys that said Joe Cox. I think that’s significant.”

David Greene lost 4 games his Redshirt Freshman year and Matthew Stafford lost 4 his freshman season as well.

Destin dawg

August 3rd, 2010
6:38 am

Logan will make some plays… wild dawg… kick return… WR… get your degree…get into coaching/teaching.. sporting goods business .. sports writer/ announcer… etc.. most don’t get to the NFL = Not For Long

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 3rd, 2010
7:26 am

nice notes, sounds good.

AltamahaDawg

August 3rd, 2010
7:30 am

Doesn’t really matter who plays LB because this is the “best defense we have had in 3 decades” eh BuLLdawg?

I will not be the next head coach at Alabama. I am the head coach of the Miami Dolphins

August 3rd, 2010
7:43 am

Will– IIRC Logan had the choice at the beginning of spring practice as to competing with 2 (at the time) other QB or compete at WR. His move to WR was not forced by coaches. They let him decide what he wanted to do, which seems like the right thing to do. He decided to compete at QB. At the end of spring practice he was named #2 after Zac was dismissed and Murray named #1.

Big Al

August 3rd, 2010
7:52 am

In case you were wondering about wearing a glove, Ben Roethlisberger wears them so he will not leave fingerprints.

beatdowns galore

August 3rd, 2010
8:04 am

Logan Gray is a bust. Clippboard Joe beat out Gray last year and we all know how that turned out. I see Gray playing WR against Idaho State in the 4th.

DawginLex

August 3rd, 2010
8:58 am

So tell us 12-2(aka Bulldawg):

1.) What do you want him to say?
2.) Tell us again why Richt’s plan to let Ealey get in shape, learn the playbook and gain confidence was worse than your plan to have him start last year’s opener and get hurt, fumble, look lost and lose all his confidence.
3.) Who do you want to play QB?
4.) How many games before you start demanding Derek Dooley be brought in to coach UGA?

You have to give these kids a chance to play and learn. Cox made mistakes last year but I’m still waiting to hear who we should have played instead of him. Mett wasn’t ready. Murray was hurt and Gray would have lost 8 games.

I’m still waiting.