April 9, 2010

G-Day offers a final exam for QBs

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo has just one message for his three quarterbacks as they prepare for their final exam during Saturday’s G-Day Game at Sanford Stadium �" just enjoy the moment.

“I just want them to have fun,” Bobo said. “I don’t want them thinking that every throw is going to determine whether they start or not. I just want them to have fun and enjoy the day.”

Although Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger and Logan Gray are each listed as member of the Red team, all three will rotate between the Red and Black squads which will be facing off in the game that kicks off at 2 p.m.

“We’re not quite sure how we’re going to rotate them, but we’ll roll them all in,” head coach Mark Richt said after practice Thursday afternoon.

Based on how the trio has rotated during practice and during the team’s two previous scrimmages, look for all three to receive equal reps.

Murray said he’s trying to approach G-Day like it’s just another scrimmage.

“I think it’s big for all of us, but I don’t think who goes out there and has the best game will necessarily be the guy,” he said. “We’ve had 3-4 weeks of putting in some good work and I think all three of us have improved day in and day out.”

Ultimately, it will be time for Bobo and Richt to decide once and for all who will be the starting quarterback this fall.

Although that final decision may not come until sometimes during fall camp, Richt and Bobo do expect to announce a “pecking order” regarding the position sometimes in the next week to 10 days.

“Hopefully, it’s going to be pretty quick,” Bobo said. “We’ll go back and have some exit meetings with them the week after G-Day, but we’ll go back and revisit everything and talk about where we want to stack them up.”

No doubt all three will be looking forward to that.

“I definitely am just so we know where we stand heading into the summer,” Murray said. “Coach Richt and Coach Bobo will let us know where we stand, what they feel our strengths are and what our weaknesses might be so we can work on them going into the summer.”

Mettenberger has not been made available for comment since his suspension from his arrest last month in Remerton.

As for Gray, the Missouri native said he’s happy with what he’s able to show coaches thus far.

“I feel pretty solid about it. I tried to come in with the mindset that I was going to come out and compete every single day, get better and do the best I can because if I’m out there giving it my all and preparing, no matter what happens I won’t have any regrets,” Gray said. “I think I’ve been pretty steady. I think all three of us have been (steady). We’ve competed well, too, and both of those guys have also had good springs.”

Murray figures he’ll have between 15 -20 friends and family members attending G-Day, which will be just his (and Mettenberger’s) second time playing in front of a crowd since enrolling in January 2009 and playing in last April’s G-Day game.

Richt’s looking forward to seeing how they respond.

“It very much like a scrimmage, maybe a little bit more because there are fans there and they are on TV,” Richt said. “Those are some of the things the quarterbacks have to deal with and hopefully he’s not thinking one thing about that. It shouldn’t affect them in any way but sometimes it does. They all know they’re going to be on TV and a lot of people will be in the stands. You just don’t know how that will affect a guy.”

NOTES: G-Day will be televised live on both CSS and ESPN360. … G-Day will be preceded by a lettermen’s flag football game that gets underway at noon. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.… Admission to G-Day is free but all fans are asked to bring at least one canned food item to be donated to the N.E. Georgia Food Bank. Donation spots will be set up outside each entrance of Sanford Stadium. … Due to the construction of Reed Plaza, certain sections of Sanford Stadium will be not open for seating. The north side of the stadium from sections 01 through 13 will be closed in the 100, 200, 300 and 600 levels. Seating is prohibited in these areas for safety reasons. The entrance gates on this side of Sanford Stadium will also be closed. The gates that will be utilized for the public are the main gate under the Sanford Drive bridge as well as gates 1, 6, 7, 7a, 8, 9 and 10. … Running back Caleb King is expected to sit out G-Day with a minor knee injury, while linebacker Richard Samuel and wide receiver Israel Troupe are listed as questionable. Richt said he expects wide receiver Marlon Brown will be able to play.

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