July 23, 2009

Richt hints at battle for No. 2 QB

HOOVER, Ala. - It's been widely assumed that redshirt sophomore Logan Gray had an iron-clad grip on Georgia's No. 2 quarterback position. That no longer appears to be the case.

When asked about freshmen Aaron Murray and Zack Mettenberger, head coach Mark Richt said he wouldn't rule out either one of the youngsters challenging Gray for the spot behind starter Joe Cox.

'They're sitting there trying to win that job," Richt said. "When it comes to the true freshmen, if I feel one is the true second-team quarterback, we will play him, get him as much experience as we can."

Richt said whichever of the quarterbacks proved themselves the most in preseason would get the job.

A four-star performer out of Plant High (Fla.), Murray enjoyed a solid spring for the Bulldogs and completed 3-of-5 passes for 62 yards in the G-Day game last April.

Gray was equally if not more impressive as he completed 9-of-13 passes for 91 yards.

"If Logan Gray is our No. 2 guy, we may choose to redshirt both of those true freshmen," Richt said. "If Logan is not our No. 2 quarterback, we may still have a package for him separate from our overall package just because he is athletic enough to do those kind of things that people do in the Wildcat, whatever you want to call it."

Richt said Gray would be ideal at such a position.

"You've got a Wildcat (Gray) who can actually throw and understand the entire system," Richt said. "That's not a bad thing. We'll just have to see how those guys develop."

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