Georgia quarterback-turned-wide receiver Logan Gray plans to transfer to another school for his final season of football eligibility after graduating from UGA in May.
According to UGA, Gray told coach Mark Richt that he wants to play at an undetermined school closer to his Columbia, Mo., home while pursuing a Master’s degree. He will complete his bachelor’s degree in speech communication at Georgia this semester.
Gray’s departure means Georgia will head toward the 2011 season without three wide receivers from last season’s team. A.J. Green left school early to enter the NFL draft, and Kris Durham completed his eligibility.
After redshirting in 2007 and serving as a backup quarterback in 2008 and 2009, Gray competed for Georgia’s starting quarterback job in spring practice last year. He was moved to receiver after Aaron Murray won the No. 1 quarterback job.
Gray considered transferring before the 2010 season but opted to remain at UGA. He played in all 13 games last season, starting none and catching nine passes for 105 yards and one touchdown.
Gray said in a statement Tuesday that he hopes to play his final season “where my family can attend all of my games.” He thanked Richt “for giving me the opportunity to be a Bulldog the last four years and [for] sticking beside me throughout the whole experience.”
“I would also like to thank my teammates for everything,” Gray said. “They are like another family to me, and I know I will be close to several of them for the rest of my life.”
Richt wished Gray well, saying in a statement: “I want to express sincere appreciation to Logan for his many contributions to our program the last four years. He’s been an asset to our team and program as both a player and student, and we wish him nothing but the very best.”
Coming out of high school, Gray was ranked the nation’s No. 7 quarterback prospect by ESPN. As a quarterback at Georgia, he completed five of 12 passes for 31 yards and two interceptions — all in 2009.
Under NCAA rules, a football player who transfers to pursue graduate studies for academic reasons can be eligible to play immediately at his new school, rather than having to sit out a year as is ordinarily required.
Rebuilding the receiver rotation will be a high priority for Georgia before next season. The Bulldogs’ top returning receiver is Tavarres King, who started five games and caught 27 passes for 504 yards and three touchdowns last season.
The Bulldogs return three other wide receivers with limited college experience –- Marlon Brown, Israel Troupe and Rantavious Wooten –- and one who redshirted as a freshman last season, Michael Bennett. In addition, Chris Conley — a 2011 recruit – enrolled this semester and will participate in spring practice. The Bulldogs are expected to sign several receivers to letters of intent this week.
Georgia also expects major pass-catching contributions from a deep group of tight ends, including Orson Charles and Aron White.