April 3, 2010

Richt promises to rank QBs at end of spring

Georgia coach Mark Richt didn't promise he'd name a starter at quarterback by the end of next Saturday's G-Day at Sanford Stadium. But at least he'll at least have some idea of a pecking order heading into summer workotus and preseason camp.

"At the end of the spring, we'll rank them where we think they are. We won't say 'He's necessarily the starter,' but we might give a 1-2-3, we might give a Co-No. 1, we might give a 1 and a 2," Richt said after Saturday's scrimmage. "I don't know what we'll do but at the end of spring we'll give some kind of indication where we think they will stack up in the fall."

Richt said he came to conclusion to go ahead and rank the quarterbacks Friday night.

"I haven't even talked to Coach (offensive coordinator Mike) Bobo about it, but I think it would be good at the end of spring to give everyone a good feeling of where we think we are," Richt said. "We're trying not to do that on a practice or a weekly basis. We're trying to go the whole spring, divide the reps up as equally as we can, because we know on any given day a guy might get hot or have a bad day. We don't want to make it a roller coaster for them but I think after 15 practices we'll at least have a gauge of how we want to rank them."

Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger and Logan Gray certainly didn't hurt their respective cause during Saturday's scrimmage.

Murray was 13-of-19 for 159 yards with one touchdown and one interception while Gray completed 7-of-11 passes for 111 yards and one touchdown. They were followed by Mettenberger who completed 10-of-16 for 126 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

"I think I performed better than the last scrimmage," Murray said. "I have to go back and watch the film but after last week Coach Bobo pointed out a lot of things that I think was able to make the necessary changes for. I came out more confident, more prepared and executed better than I did last week."

Apparently, even the referees that officiated Saturday's scrimmage liked what they saw.

"Some of the officials even mentioned that 'you guys are really throwing the ball well,'' Richt said. "Today, you walk away feeling we're in good shape."

As a whole, Richt said the quarterback competition has been everything he's hoped it would be.

"It has been a good competition and I am pleased with it. I'm pleased because by sitting in there every day and listening to Coach Bobo install, coach and teach, I'm watching how they react, how quickly they answer the questions correctly. They're just good students of the game," Richt said. "Then you see it out on the field, they're making really very few mistakes and we're really pretty complicated when it comes to declaring linebackers for blocking schemes and to decide whether you should run this way or that way, or check to a pass or change the protection, or if you're throwing high. There's a lot to think about but they are processing that very well."

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