Georgia Bulldogs Spring Practice: Quarterback Competition Set to Begin

Eddie Bruce aka GeorgiaDawgAnalyst IMarch 3, 2010

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 28:  Backup quarterback Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Are you ready for some spring football?

The Georgia Bulldogs kick off their spring football practice Thursday with all eyes on the quarterbacks.

Logan Gray, Aaron Murray, and Zach Mettenberger will all take the field Thursday with the same goal in mind: Become the starting quarterback for the 2010 Georgia Bulldogs.

Much has been written in the past few months about these three players. Coach Mark Richt and coach Mike Bobo have answered question after question about the competition to come. To hear the coaches talk, the competition is wide open. Each player has strengths and weaknesses.

But despite all the politically correct talk, is there a leader going into Thursday's opening workout?

Let's take a look at the players in this competition.


Logan Gray

Gray is the veteran in the group. The rising junior attempted only 12 passes last season in very limited action.

Gray seemed overwhelmed in his brief time on the field, and rightfully so. Coach Bobo never gave Gray much of a chance last season. When he did take the field, everyone in the stadium knew what was coming. So grading Gray at this point seems a little unfair.

It is easy to forget that coming out of Rock Bridge High School in Missouri, Gray was a highly recruited, top-ranked quarterback. ESPN listed Gray as the No. 7 QB in the country, while Rivals listed him as the No. 10 signal caller. Gray was the No. 2-ranked recruit in the state of Missouri.

Gray could very well get his chance with a great spring. Many are discounting Gray and don't give him much of a chance to be the starting QB for the Dawgs.

While Gray may very well end up changing positions to wide receiver before all is said and done, I look for Richt and Bobo to give Gray a shot.


Zach Mettenberger

At 6'5" and 230 pounds, Mettenberger is considered a classic pocket passer with a rocket arm. Imagine A.J. Green streaking down the sideline against the Gators as Mettenberger drops back and hits him in stride.

Many Dawg fans would love to see just that, and it is certainly not out of the question. While Murray is getting a lot of the early attention, many of the coaches have commented on Mettenberger's arm and his pocket presence.

Coming out of Oconee County, listed Zach as a four-star prospect and the No. 14 QB in the country. Rivals listed Zach as the No. 3 strongest arm and the No. 11 QB in the country. Mettenberger may turn out to be the sleeper in this competition.

Would it be a surprise if Mettenberger wins the race? Not at all.


Aaron Murray

At this point it is safe to say that Murray is the fan favorite. Most of the Dawg nation wanted Murray early last season when Joe Cox and the offense struggled. Is Murray ready to be the man this season?

Murray certainly has all the credentials. ESPN ranked him as the No. 13 player in the country. Rivals and Scout both ranked Murray as the No. 3 QB in the country coming out of high school.

Murray's high school numbers are impressive. He threw 84 touchdowns in his high school career. In his junior year Murray ran for over 900 yards and 12 TDs, while throwing for over 4,000 yards and 51 scores.

Murray has the arm and the legs to give any defense a challenge. If he can improve on his accuracy and make the right decisions under pressure, he may very well be ready for the starting spot.


So what do you think, Dawg fans?

Can Logan Gray turn public opinion his way and get his chance?

Will it be the big gun of Zach Mettenberger that dazzles Coach Bobo into giving him a chance?

Or will the favorite out of the gate, Aaron Murray, take the reins and run away with the competition?

Let's hear's time for some spring football in Athens, GA!