Richt will give 3 QBs equal time

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Mark Richt is planning to give each of his three quarterbacks a chance to shine with the first-team offense in Georgia's G-Day spring game.

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Richt usually splits up his starters -- offense on one team, defense on the other -- in the spring game.

There will be a different look to this year's game. Richt hasn't named his No. 1 quarterback. Or No. 2. Or No. 3.

Richt is giving junior Logan Gray and redshirt freshmen Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray equal playing time with the first-team offense this spring as they compete for the starting job. Richt says that will continue as the three rotate on the two teams in the G-Day game on April 10 at Sanford Stadium.

"It might go by quarter, it might go by series," Richt said after Tuesday's practice. "We'll just keep rotating those guys with both units."

Richt said last week Mettenberger is facing a one-game suspension as punishment for his March 7 arrest on alcohol charges. Mettenberger, 18, was arrested in Lowndes County and charged with underage consumption and possession of alcohol, possessing fake identification and disorderly conduct-obstruction.

Richt said the punishment could change if more details become known. Georgia has not made Mettenberger available for interviews this spring.

"He's already matured from it," Gray said of Mettenberger. "Zach wishes he could take it all back. It's definitely tough ... especially going through the scrutiny."

Murray (6-foot-1, 206) and Mettenberger (6-5, 230) were top recruits. Murray, from Tampa, Fla., was rated the No. 3 quarterback in the nation by and and was a Parade magazine All-America pick. Mettenberger, from Oconee County, was rated the No. 11 quarterback in the nation by Rivals.

Gray's edge is his experience.

"I would say Logan is probably ahead of everybody in the meeting room," said quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

Gray (6-2, 192) has appeared in 25 games, but much of that time came on special teams. He has more yards on punt returns than passes.

Gray played behind senior Joe Cox in 2009, completing 5 of 12 passes for 31 yards and two interceptions. Gray considered a position change after the season before opting to compete with Mettenberger and Murray for the starting job.

Gray might already feel as if he's losing ground after the spring's first scrimmage.

"I felt a little out of rhythm, to be honest," Gray said after completing six passes for 37 yards in Saturday's scrimmage. "I don't think I had my best day but there's always room for improvement and that's not our only scrimmage of the spring."

Mettenberger was 7 of 10 passing for 157 yards and one touchdown, while Murray was 10 of 15 for 125 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Richt is keeping a close eye on the quarterbacks on and off the practice fields. The coach is attending every meeting with the quarterbacks and Bobo.

He has been impressed by their grasp of the playbook.

"These guys are on the ball," Richt said. "They really understand it. They're students of the game. They're very diligent."

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themaninthemirror 04/01/10 - 07:54 am
"They really understand it."

"They really understand it." What they really understand is that if they play well in college games, there is a huge paycheck waiting for them in the NFL.

crackertroy 04/01/10 - 02:09 pm
"5 of 12 passes for 31 yards

"5 of 12 passes for 31 yards and TWO interceptions" and there's a quarterback controversy? Yeesh, it's going to be a long year for the dawgs.

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 04/01/10 - 05:34 pm
The article doesn't tell you

The article doesn't tell you that the disorderly conduct-obstruction charge on Mettenburger was actually for throwing up in the back of the police car, not for actions against an officer's protocol. I'd be shocked if Richt chose Logan Gray...I think he's trying to be loyal to a player who has been loyal to him. I also think that, if we're having to "put up with" a rookie QB, this is a great year to have it. The O-line will be much improved over last year and will offer the QB plenty of time and protection. But, speculation means nothing. The proof will be on Saturdays in the fall! Can't wait!

Just My Opinion
Just My Opinion 04/01/10 - 05:37 pm
Oh, I forgot one huge

Oh, I forgot one huge deciding factor! My 14-year old daughter thinks that Aaron Murray will be the next UGA QB....because he's the cutest! (I think I'll make her stay home on gamedays this year!)

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