October 6, 2009

Bobo hints at redshirt for Murray, Mettenberger

Barring an injury to Joe Cox or Logan Gray, it now appears that both freshmen quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger will redshirt this year.

Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo made the announcement following Tuesday's practice.

"I think if everybody stays healthy right now you'd like to redshirt him (Murray), but you never know what might happen," Bobo said after Tuesday's practice. "But it's like the case with Zach when Aaron was hurt, you're getting ready if something was to happen. But you'd like to redshirt those guys now. If they had been healthy, you never know. f Aaron had not gotten hurt, maybe Logan would have played more at quarterback or some other position. But with Aaron down three weeks, that kind of hurt some of the thoughts we had offensively."

Murray, who missed over three weeks recovering from triceps tendinitis, only resumed throwing two weeks ago.

Ironically, Murray's injury has also played a role in why Gray has not received more playing time.

"He had over three weeks, 21 something days where he did not practice and that hurt a little bit of what we were doing," Bobo said. "During that time we had Murray out, you got your backup (Gray) in the game, running some plays. You get him hurt and then it's a situation where you don't really have a backup quarterback, so that changed some of the thought process of what you're doing to do offensively with Logan, too."

Rambo opening Martinez's eyes

Defensive coordinator Willie Martinez said that redshirt freshman Bacarri Rambo continues to make huge strides.

Martinez would not, however, go as far to say he's ready to claim a starting job. But he's getting close.

"He's definitely earning more and more reps," Martinez said. "Whether that (starting) happens or not, I don't know. (Evans) has been starting, too. He's done a great job, defensively, special teams; he's been out there making plays."

Rambo currently has eight tackles on the year and one of Georgia's three interceptions (Brandon Boykin has the other two).

Pugh gets position change

Redshirt freshman Makiri Pugh is now playing predominantly free safety, Martinez said.

Pugh, who missed time earlier this season while he recovered from the H1N1 virus, began the season alternating between cornerback and nickel.

"Makiri is just learning his position," Martinez said. "He's getting some confidence. When he got sick that one week he had been bouncing around from corner to nickel, but now he's backing up at free."

Pugh is currently listed as a backup at the position behind starter Bryan Evans and Sanders Commings on this week's depth chart for Tennessee.

Injury update

The Bulldogs were without wide receivers Tavarres King and Rantavious Wooten for practice Tuesday.

Both players were in shorts and wore green non-contact jerseys while watching the rest of the receivers.

Bobo referred all questions about the players' health to head coach Mark Richt, who does not meet with the media after Tuesday's practice.

• Kicker Blair Walsh left practice early to get treatment on his left foot. No further word was available.

This and that

Former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden attended Tuesday's practice as a guest of strength and conditioning coach Dave Van Halanger. … Running back Caleb King (broken jaw) did not participate in workouts, but Bobo did not rule him out for Saturday's game against the Vols.

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