Aaron Murray has to feel a slight bit of relief at not having to go up against Zach Mettenberger for the starting quarterback job.
The recent news of his arrest and the multiple charges he incurred during an ill-fated trip to South Georgia over the weekend has placed Mettenberger decidedly behind Murray in the race—no matter what he does from here on out.
Of course, Logan Gray could always be an x-factor and there is still no talk as to what this will mean for Hutson Mason's reps at the spot.
However, I have stated before and will do so again, Logan Gray is not going to be the starter for the Georgia Bulldogs. I believe that the shot he has been given is simply out of respect from the coaching staff, but this is truly now Aaron Murray's job to lose.
That said, he has to feel giddy about the prospect of finally being able to get back on the field with his former Plant High teammate—Orson Charles. After all, Aaron Murray is one of the major reasons that Charles is wearing the red and black.
Murray actively recruited the talented tight end to Athens and the two often talked of what it might be like to bring a championship back to Athens in the same way they did to Tampa.
It's for that reason that I found it difficult to fault current Volunteer Da'Rick Rogers too much for following Nash Nance to Knoxville. Orson's circumstances weren't all that different. He and Murray were good friends, who hung out on weekends, and often watched film together on Sunday's during their final season at Plant. Murray even asked Charles to come along with him on his visit to Athens.
Charles, for his part, had stated that his desires for a school were simple enough. He wanted to attend a program with a "pass-happy, pro-style offense." Georgia is many things but "pass-happy" isn't necessarily one of them.
Charles would likely have been better suited to go to a school like Florida or Florida State—two of his top two choices early on—if he was looking for big offensive numbers.
He didn't; he followed his friend to Georgia and there's not a fan among us who is sorry that he did. Now the two will finally have an opportunity to reconnect as well on the field as they do off. The results could be as explosive as the offense is likely to open up a bit more under the arm and legs of Murray.
Charles has already shown that he has the hands, body, and speed to play with the best of them and, with the lack of depth at the receiver next season, it would not surprise me to see Charles lined up in the slot as a third receiver next season. He made his presence felt most ably last season down the middle of the field and was stealthy in getting behind the defense, early on, that before anyone noticed him he had more than 200 yards on the year.
His production slowed as the running game began to take off late in the season but the seeds of success have already been planted and with Murray running the show at the top, it is just a matter of time before the two friends start making music yet again.
After all, in a season shortened by injury, the two still managed to hook up for 653 yards and nine touchdowns—in six games.
That's impressive to say the least, but this is the SEC and those types of numbers are not likely to come easy or often, but the possibility exists for quite a 1-2 punch and that has to make 2010 look even better to the hopeful Georgia fan.