Logan Gray Decides To Stay at Georgia, Will Play Some WR

Kimberley NashSenior Writer IMay 12, 2010

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 28:  Backup quarterback Logan Gray #6 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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The announcement has already been made and the final word from Logan Gray is he will remain a Georgia Bulldog. His entire statement read as follows:

"I have decided to stay at the University of Georgia because I truly do love being a Georgia Bulldog," said Gray. "I want to be a part of this team getting back to the SEC Championship game and winning it. I'm also looking forward to getting some work at receiver and am going to work hard to make the best out of my opportunity at this position as well. I appreciate Coach (Mark) Richt's patience while I made this decision and his helpful advice. Now, I want to put all of this behind me and focus on getting to work on preparations for next season at UGA."

The third part of his statement is the most telling. "I'm also looking forward to getting some work at receiver." It seems to me that this was the real tussle that was had by Logan Gray—could he deal with sitting behind Murray and facing the possibility of not playing at all? He wanted the option of getting on the field in any way he could and playing the wide receiver spot could net him a few more opportunities to do so. 

Gray may have considered a transfer, but in the end, he really just wanted some assurance from the coaching staff that he would be allowed to use his ability elsewhere once it became clear that quarterback was not that place.

His best option, in my humble opinion, was to remain at Georgia—one injury or misstep away from the starting quarterback's job—not transfer and face the likelihood of learning a new system and sitting out a year of his eligibility. 

The new question will now be whether or not he actually gets a legitimate shot at wide receiver. The position does have some holes this coming season as injuries and questionable play make the No. 2 slot a relative weakness.

If Gray does get the shot, how will that impact the amount of reps that Hutson Mason will have once he arrives on campus? Will he be in line for less or more? Is that red shirt more or less likely in light of this announcement?

One thing is certain, many of the Georgia Bulldog fans are letting loose a big sigh of relief at this news because, if nothing else, it will slightly quell the "sky is falling" attitude that is suddenly being directed at the team by its college football peers.


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