Georgia QB-turned-WR Logan Gray to transfer

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.

271 comments Add your comment

chickenman

February 1st, 2011
12:35 pm

1st. ( Finally!!!)
And he was a good special teams player, he did his job well and i hope everything works out for him in the future.

RamBone

February 1st, 2011
12:36 pm

Thanks for years, wish we could have used him more.

Worm

February 1st, 2011
12:37 pm

Good luck Logan..DGD!

JimDog 85

February 1st, 2011
12:38 pm

Will miss you Logan but thanks for clearing up another scholarship spot for the team.

Army Vet

February 1st, 2011
12:40 pm

chickenman….you must be proud! What an accomplishment for your resume. Pathetic!

Class of 2012

February 1st, 2011
12:41 pm

Best of luck Logan!

nerds! nerds! nerds!

February 1st, 2011
12:41 pm

Good Luck Logan. Damn Good Dawg. I do hope he is allowed to play D1

Bob in Buford

February 1st, 2011
12:44 pm

The ultimate team player. Good luck!

BooMan

February 1st, 2011
12:44 pm

georgia fans are too stupid to realize that this loss is bigger than some high school football player committing to them. They’re all giddy and obsessed over some 17 year olds who are signing with a coach with one year left at the school. Gray was their best option for next year at WR.

UGA89

February 1st, 2011
12:45 pm

Whatever. He should not have even been on the field. It seemed CMR played him because he felt bad for him… This is big-time college football and favoritism has no place. I think i can count the number of “decent” plays he made in his tenure. I got nothing against the guy, he might be the nicest person in the world… but he is a byproduct of poor recruiting or poor coaching. Because if he is on the field, you got major problems on the field as well. And that played out the last 3 years.

BigDawg

February 1st, 2011
12:46 pm

Good luck Logan! It would have been good to have you here your last year to return punts and get more playing time at WR. Guess with all the talent coming in you figured it was time to leave and let the younger ones step up. Go Dawgs!!

SECWasteManagement

February 1st, 2011
12:47 pm

Only thing that sticks in my head about Logan is him throwing a pick vs. Florida 2 years ago. He was only a decent player.

Bad Dog

February 1st, 2011
12:48 pm

@ BooMan – reports are WR Michael Bennett was the one everyone was talking about in practice last year. Even AJ Green said he was the man!

John

February 1st, 2011
12:48 pm

This opens another spot for a Dream Teamer? DGD…

GooieStewie

February 1st, 2011
12:48 pm

Just clearing the roster to make room.

Bryan G.

February 1st, 2011
12:49 pm

But who will be our fair catch specialist?

ga

February 1st, 2011
12:49 pm

Best of luck, it does open up a slot for the recruiting class, Best option? Dont think so? Possession rec at the best

RedPantsDawg

February 1st, 2011
12:49 pm

Who is going to fair catch punts now?

Dawgtards ruin this state

February 1st, 2011
12:49 pm

thUGA is finished using this kid and now let’s him go???

Dream Weaver

February 1st, 2011
12:50 pm

Hmmmm…. making room for Clowney or Peake?

CvilleDawg

February 1st, 2011
12:50 pm

Hey “booman” logan gray was our best option at wideout? are you freaking stupid?

The Ghost of Wally Butts

February 1st, 2011
12:50 pm

Well, there goes one who DID NOT WIND UP IN JAIL.

We’ll just see how many members of the already pampered DREAM TEAM can stay out of the Clarke County Detention Center.

Dream Weaver

February 1st, 2011
12:51 pm

Sad but true RedPantsDawg.

Al E.

February 1st, 2011
12:51 pm

Kid should have gotten his shot at QB in 2009.

ga

February 1st, 2011
12:52 pm

clearing the roster? call it what you want but he got a free education, and he got playing time at an sec school. Now he gets to pursue postgrad opportunities. See no bad in this.

Booman

February 1st, 2011
12:53 pm

Hey Cville Dawg,

I’m not freaking stupid. Logan Gray is a once in a generation talent you idiots just wasted. When he wins the Heisman trophy and is a top 5 draft pick I’ll be laughing so hard at you.

Go sit on a plunger, loser.

JT

February 1st, 2011
12:53 pm

Best option at WR next year, BooMan?? Gray could have and would have contributed, certainly, but Tavarres King is the best returning wideout.

MoDawg

February 1st, 2011
12:53 pm

What some of these trolls will fail to recognize is that Logan is going to graduate, got a good education and represented himself and the university with class and dignity. Those of you shaming him because he didn’t see the field more or are saying that he was not well-recruited or well-coached need to grow up. He was highly recruited and is a class act and a Damn Good Dawg!

We should praise him for his accomplishments and what he meant for UGA, not tear him down or try to use this as some means to badmouth UGA or their players.

Good luck and God bless, Logan!

CvilleDawg

February 1st, 2011
12:54 pm

Yeah your stupid. Just clearing things up.

Jborodawg

February 1st, 2011
12:54 pm

Best of luck to Logan! I also think of him as a DGD!

What are you talking about BooMan? Only one poster said it was good to clear up a scholarship. You’re not showing a ton o’ smarts yourself thinking Logan was our “best option at WR”. We have several bonafide WRs. Logan was a good one, but not the best by any means.

nerds! I don’t think he can play for a D1. But a jr college can play him immediately. Can someone clarify that? And he can get his masters. Again, good luck to Logan. I think he’ll be successful where ever he goes and what ever he does afterwards.

EW

February 1st, 2011
12:55 pm

WHAT?! An SEC player who is focusing more on a Master’s than football!? I must be dreaming.

Logan sounds like a smart kid with his priorities straight. Wish him the best of luck and glad he put on the jersey and represented our team well.

dawgfacedboy

February 1st, 2011
12:55 pm

Booman- you are a moron. A converted WR who caught 9 passes is far from our best option. This gives Marlon Brown and Rantavious Wooten the opportunity to shine with King. DOn’t forget about Charles. I have no ill feelings toward him at all but he won’t be missed. Of course now we will have to find someone else to fair catch all the punts!!

ga

February 1st, 2011
12:56 pm

Again, great situation for both player and program. Bottom line, end of story, Good luck in the future. I am just glad uga playing by Auburn and Alabama rules.

TBone

February 1st, 2011
12:56 pm

@ UGA89 You sir ought to learn when to keep your fingers off the key board. Your comments are totally uncalled for and reflect badly on UGA and your mama.

Hahahahhaahahaha

February 1st, 2011
12:56 pm

Pay no attention to Booman – he is a bitter tech fan.

JT

February 1st, 2011
12:57 pm

Well said, MoDawg.

FLA DAWG

February 1st, 2011
12:58 pm

Cville,

Booman is correct. Gray is a very good talent that went largely unused last season.
This is indeed a much bigger loss than the media is mentioning.

I think this quality player has had enough of Richt and does not want to be on yet another Richt Team – especially for his last year. Why else would he leave with only one year to go after having been here so long?

We have a big hole at receiver right now.

Ted Striker

February 1st, 2011
12:58 pm

Logan Gray. DGD. Always a Bulldog. Good luck to him anywhere.

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Habersham Dawg

February 1st, 2011
12:59 pm

He can play for anyone who has a program in the graduate program he’s trying to enter. He graduated, so he doesn’t have to sit out a year.

ATL_Dawg

February 1st, 2011
12:59 pm

Take Care Logan! Go do your thing! Good Luck!! Dawg4Life

the sham

February 1st, 2011
1:00 pm

@Boobman – Seriously man, you need to lay off the hashish. If Logan Grey was our best WR option, then Tavarris King and Wooten must have been kicked off the team. Grey should be commended for his team first mentality, but he was by far, NOT OUR BEST WR OPTION next year. In fact his transfer goes a long way to help our program get a start on getting another kid in here for the long haul. Can anyone say Charone Peak?

To hear others state Michael Bennett is our next stud at WR is concerning. Not bc I don’t want him to be, but bc he hasn’t taken a snap in the regular season… Surely one of the above mentioned is more primed for the #1 receiving slot.

Red

February 1st, 2011
1:00 pm

Another example of big, high star recruit squandered by Richt. Let this be yet another example for all you “starry eyed” UGA fans that another top notch recruiting class does not equate to success on the field for Richt.

Another Dawg

February 1st, 2011
1:00 pm

Best of luck to Logan… maybe he was a great locker room guy, but his on-field production shouldn’t have much impact.

CvilleDawg

February 1st, 2011
1:01 pm

I mean come on dude. Marlon brown is finally gonna know the routes and tavarres king is a star in the making. Logan gray was a good player im not knocking him but he wasnt the best option? Thats the stupidest thing ive ever heard.

Half Century Dawg

February 1st, 2011
1:01 pm

well said MoDawg

UGA89

February 1st, 2011
1:01 pm

Hey BooMan- You are delusional if you actually believe what you typed about LG being the best returning WR option. I will take Tavarres King, Rantavious Wooten, Israel Troupe and Marlon Brown… in a second over LG. All of those guys have showed more WR skills and ability than Logan Gray did. I guarantee other teams corner backs laughed when he came in the game…

Mark (another one)

February 1st, 2011
1:01 pm

I believe there is a rule that would allow Gray to play immediately if his new school offers a Master’s program that is not offered at UGA. In any event, Gray always came across as a smart person, and I am confident he checked out his options.

Gray was considered a top flight QB coming out of high school, and he represented himself, his family and UGA with class. We all know he would have liked for things to have worked out differently but he didn’t complain and kept trying to get on the field and contribute. Damn good dawg!

Dawwgrl

February 1st, 2011
1:01 pm

Good Luck to you Logan! You wore the red & black with pride and we will miss you. Have a wonderful time being closer to your family and sharing your college FB experience with them.

UGA89

February 1st, 2011
1:02 pm

@ TBone. Not sure how my opinion of a football program and a particular player being expressed reflects badly on my mother but thanks for the insight.

I didn’t know they had wi-fi on short buses now, but I’m glad b/c without it, we wouldn’t get TBone’s comments.