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Georgia Gets Good News: Gray Stays

The depth chart at quarterback would have looked pretty thin without him.  That’s why Georgia fans should be thrilled that backup quarterback Logan Gray has decided to stay in Athens.

Soon after Mark Richt named Aaron Murray UGA’s post-spring leader at quarterback — which was soon after fellow quarterback Zach Mettenberger was dismissed from the team — word leaked out that Gray was mulling a transfer.

Gray’s high school coach said he didn’t foresee a transfer.  Richt said he would do whatever it took to keep Gray around, even play him at another position.

That’s just what’s happened.

“I think Logan’s going to spend a little time working on his wide receiver skills,” Richt said yesterday on Fox 1670 in Macon.  (BTW, I was on that station earlier this week.  Good work, guys.)  “I think he wants to make a position move and try to see if he can help us in that spot.  The chance of that really becoming a QB race, right now it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.”

That means that the backup quarterback role will likely go to incoming freshman Hutson Mason in the fall.  But the beauty of keeping Gray around is the fact that he can basically serve as the team’s “emergency” quarterback… to put things in NFL terms.

“Aaron’s definitely in the driver’s seat,” Richt said yesterday.  And Mason will serve as his understudy.  But if Murray is injured or ill or forced to miss action for any other reason, you can expect Gray to shift back over to quarterback.

“(Gray is) our second-team quarterback in my mind,” said Richt.  “Logan has three years of knowledge in our system.  He’s a very capable quarterback, so it’s nice to know that he’s there for that purpose.

“But he would like to spend some time at receiver.  I think he feels like he might have a better chance of helping us there.  So I’m fine with that, I really am.”

It’s a win-win for Gray and Georgia.  Which is exactly what Richt needed this offseason.


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