Could transfer, change positions or stay backup QB
By DAVID HALE
ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia quarterback Logan Gray is still weighing his options in regards to his future with the Bulldogs, but his coach made it clear Thursday that every option is still open.
During a teleconference with SEC coaches, Mark Richt said he wants Gray to remain at Georgia and assured the quarterback during a meeting this week that the starting job still is available and a position change still is possible.
“I made it real clear — clear as a bell — that we just had a post-spring depth chart that did not name anybody the starter at any position, including quarterback,” Richt said.
For the second straight season, Gray appears second on the team’s depth chart, this time with redshirt freshman Aaron Murray in the top spot for now.
That arrangement apparently didn’t please Gray, a junior, who met Monday with Richt to discuss a potential transfer.
“He’s No. 2 behind Murray, so I’m sure that’s what triggered it,” Richt said. “So he’s trying to decide what he wants to do — whether he wants to stay here, and if he stays, what position he wants to play and all that kind of stuff.”
Richt said there is no timetable on when Gray must make a decision, but even if the quarterback remains at Georgia, his future still could be murky.
Following the 2009 season when Gray had just 15 pass attempts while backing up Joe Cox, Gray hinted that he was interested in switching positions, possibly to receiver. Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo insisted that the competition for the starting quarterback job this spring would be wide open, however, and Gray decided against a switch.
Now that Murray has the inside track for the starting job, the situation seems different, with Gray again considering a position change. That option was complicated, however, with the dismissal of quarterback Zach Mettenberger earlier this month. Until true freshman Hutson Mason arrives on campus in June, Gray and Murray are the only two quarterbacks Georgia has on scholarship.
Despite the lack of depth, however, Richt said he is open to a position change.
“If he wants to be at Georgia, I’ll work with him on what position he plays,” Richt said.
If Gray changes his position or transfers, Georgia would open the season with two quarterbacks — neither of whom have thrown a pass in a college game.
That’s a concern, Richt said, but it’s hardly unprecedented.
“That happens in different cycles,” Richt said. “Even if Logan’s with us, it’s not like he’s thrown a bunch. He’s thrown maybe 10 or 15 balls. So whether he’s here or whether he’s not here, we have a tremendous amount of inexperience at the quarterback position.”
A player considering a transfer is not unprecedented, Richt said. Unlike most situations in which players have met with Richt to discuss their futures, Gray’s meeting became public.
Richt said he will allow Gray to take his time with the decision and will support him regardless, but he was clear on what he hoped the end result would be.
“The bottom line is, if he wants to be at Georgia, we’re glad to have him,” Richt said. “And we certainly are a better team with him than without him.”