A report offered by David Hale of the Macon Telegraph states that the Georgia Bulldogs are not close to naming a clear-cut starter at quarterback. At this point, it is fair to say that the race is tight and will remain so well into the summer.
For weeks, months, now it has been presumed that Aaron Murray was the man to beat in the quarterback race. It would be tough to convince many, including myself, that this isn’t still the case. However, the reported performances by all would suggest that nothing is guaranteed and Murray is every bit as likely to start at the No. 2 spot on the depth chart as any of his counterparts.
The competition has been complicated by the one-game suspension incurred by Zach Mettenberger. Had he not committed the off-field infractions, it is possible that the race would be even more interesting by the end of summer practice as the game one starter was closer to being named.
Both players have performed well this spring and it would be hard to truly separate one from the other.
Here are the stat lines, for all, as reported from the two spring scrimmages:
Aaron Murray: 23 of 34, 284-yards, 2 TD’s, 2 INT’s, and 0 sacks
Zach Mettenberger: 17 of 26, 283-yards, 3 TD’s,1 INT, and 2 sacks
Logan Gray: 13 of 25, 145-yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, and 3 sacks
Both Murray and Mettenberger have had phenomenal springs and, even though Gray’s numbers are not as impressive, some consideration has to be given to the number of snaps he actually took with the first team. His second outing (7 of 11 for 111 yards) was a big improvement.
So the question remains, who will it be?
If we take a closer look at the numbers, one thing does stand out—the sacks. Both Mettenberger and Gray have been taken down while Murray has managed to escape the grasp of his defenders.
That speaks to his ability to move around in the pocket and prolong a play until one develops. It is this skill that makes him one of the more dangerous options at the quarterback position.
That said, Mettenberger still offers the big-time arm that the coaches covet on the deep ball plays and with home run hitters like A.J. Green and Rantavious Wooten on the field, it is a skill that could come in very handy. One of his touchdowns this spring came on a 60-yard bomb to Rantavious Wooten.
One thing is for certain, this is one of the most excited springs in a long while, as there seems to be so much to be excited and anxious about where Georgia football is concerned.
If it is well after G-Day before the starter is named, the rampant speculation is likely to continue, and every stat report is sure to be scrutinized with a magnifying glass in hopes of finding the answer as to whom it will be when the Dawgs suit up against Louisiana-Lafayette.
The depth chart will be released after the G-Day game is in the books and it may or may not offer much in the way of resolution as coach Richt hinted at the idea of having co-number one players.
One thing seems certain, it’s going to be a long, hot, summer for the Bulldog Nation and fall can't get here fast enough.