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Last week, we took a look at quarterbacks Joe Cox and Aaron Murray. If you missed the analysis, it can be found here
Moving along, we will now see what quarterback's Logan Gray and Zach Mettenberger may have to offer to the Georgia offense.
Logan Gray (RSo), 6'2", 192 lbs
Gray is a great runner. He has speed, agility, quickness, and a feel for when and where to run the ball.
His abilities as a runner have gotten him some early playing time on special teams, but a new year has brought new opportunities for Gray and he may yet prove to be the man before too long.
His appearance in the G-Day game during the spring has shown that he is more than capable of playing the quarterback position—he looked much crisper and more relaxed than projected starter, Joe Cox.
However, he is working from a minor disadvantage as he has spent more time working on special teams than with the other quarterbacks—his familiarity with the playbook may be lacking and he has zero experience working, in-games, as a quarterback.
The future could hold some phenomenal promise for Gray as he is likely to see more playing time this season behind Cox but, as of now, he will continue to hold a clipboard and get familiar with the flow of the game.
Further, it would do him well to add a little more bulk to that frame of his; he is a little small for a quarterback and he will take a handsome beating in the SEC as defensive linemen key in on him due to his skills as a scrambler and a potential run-threat.
Gray is intelligent as a decision-maker and isn't likely to make crucial mistakes.
He ended spring practice by collecting the "Biggest Surprise of Spring" award on the offense and could end up turning a lot more heads before it's all said and done.
Zach Mettenberger (Fr), 6'5", 234 lbs
He's a big guy. He's also got a big arm. However, the two are currently working together in an inharmonious way.
Big Zach is hardly through growing and he will need to get a handle on how to control that big body of his if he ever plans to do more than ride the pine behind Aaron Murray—the guy who many feel is the future for Georgia at the quarterback position.
Zach is able to make most any throw he is asked to make and he will do so with little to no effort exerted.
He's not a statue behind center, but don't count on him to make anything happen with his legs—his mobility and consistency as a runner is questionable and he is unlikely to attempt many, if any, plays with his legs.
Overall, though, his approach to playing the game is a perfect fit for Georgia's pro-style offense as he is most comfortable standing tall in the pocket and examining the field for open passing lanes.
He has the intelligence to read a defense quickly and make adjustments to plays that are breaking down or broken—his tremendous height doesn't hurt in this aspect.
Further, he will be most accurate off the play-action as he is reliant on a successful rushing attack to bolster the passing game—this is key to avoiding the mistake of "doing too much on a play."
Mettenberger's desire to make a play happen at times has led to some costly interceptions as well as some inconsistency in his overall play at quarterback—still, though, he arrives with a ton of potential thanks in large part to that arm he possesses which was mentioned at the start.
In truth, Mettenberger could turn out to be the biggest steal of this recruiting class and it wouldn't surprise me to see a quarterback controversy in a year or two that ends in either Mettenberger or Murray considering a transfer.
Until then, Coach Mike Bobo will have his hands full as he attempts to sort out who the best man for the job is for this season—even money is on Cox who has the most experience and best comprehension of the Bulldog offense.
However, any of the four scholarship players at this position possess the talent and skill level to play next season and that will make for one interesting battle come fall.
Next week: The Defensive Line