December 16, 2009

Richt says Gray will have decision to make

There's been considerable speculation in recent weeks what Logan Gray's role will be with the Bulldogs next fall.

Will he remain at quarterback or get moved to wide receiver, as some of Georgia's recruits have suggested to UGASports.

Wednesday, head coach Mark Richt shed some light on the situation heading into the upcoming Independence Bowl game against Texas A&M.

"Have we talked to Logan? Yes. Logan wants to play. Logan is the one who is going to decide what he wants to do this spring," Richt said. "If he wants to stay strictly at quarterback and compete in that area, I'm all for it. If he wants to try another position to see if he could get more playing time in that role, I'm fine with that."

But even if Gray does move to another position, it won't like be he'd be hanging up his quarterback playbook for good.

Gray was requested for interviews following practice Wednesday evening but did not come to speak with reporters.

"I know that Logan is not going to forget what to do at quarterback, so even if he does something in the spring at another position, it doesn't mean he won't be back at quarterback in the fall. It's really going to be putting the ball in his hands. We love Logan. We think he's a heck of a player. We think he's a heck of a Bulldog, and we want him to feel like he's getting his best opportunity to make a contribution to the team, so it's really going to be up to him."

Gray saw action in 11 of Georgia's 12 games, primarily as a punt-safe returner on special teams.

He only attempted 12 passes, completing five for 31 yards and was intercepted two times.

Richt added that any decision from Gray won't come until after the bowl.

"At this point nothing is changing. He's not going to slip out there and try to play another position during the bowl practice time," Richt said. "It will be a decision that he'll search after this bowl game is over."

Green on track to play

Barring anything unforseen, the Bulldogs expect wide receiver A.J. Green (shoulder) to be able to play against the Aggies.

"Unless he has a setback between now and then. He practiced the last time we practiced. I'm losing track of what day that was that we practiced, but he's going to practice today," Richt said. "He'll be in some non-contact probably most of the bowl practice, but as we get closer to the game, we are going to let him get a little block and full-speed and some things that might let him know he's confident that it feels fine."

Green told reporters he doesn't expect any problems.

"I was out there diving around today," Green said after workouts Wednesday. "I'm good. I'm ready to go."

Backup safety Bacarri Rambo (concussion) has also resumed practicing and is expected to be cleared to play.

Richt says commitments holding firm.

So far, so good, in regards to Georgia's 19 verbal commitments.

Despite the uncertainty over who Richt will hire to fill the three vacancies on his defensive staff, the Bulldog coach said his future players are holding firm to their decisions.

"At this point all the young men are holding firm. Who knows what any recruiting class will bring as you go down the stretch, whether you have an issue with staff or not?" Richt said. "But I think everybody has done a pretty good job of covering those areas, getting on the phone, getting to guys in person, so I think we've done a pretty good job."

15 Dawgs set to graduate

Fifteen football lettermen will be graduating Friday in the annual December commencement exercises at Stegeman Coliseum.

The list includes defensive end Rod Battle of Atlanta; free safety Stephen Braue of Alpharetta; quarterback Joe Cox of Charlotte, N.C.; defensive tackle Ricardo Crawford of Fair Bluff, N.C.; free safety Bryan Evans of Jacksonville, Fla.; placekicker Andrew Jensen of Lawrenceville; cornerback Prince Miller of Duncan, S.C.; split end Mike Moore of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; defensive tackle Jeff Owens of Sunrise, Fla.; offensive tackle Vince Vance of Hinesville, linebacker Marcus Washington of Keysville; defensive tackle Kade Weston of Red Bank, N.J.; and wide receiver Tony Wilson of Daytona Beach, Fla.

Also graduating will be former All-SEC linebacker and 12-year NFL veteran Randall Godfrey of Valdosta and football (1994-95) and baseball (1994-96) letterman Erik Robinson of Orlando, Fla.

The 15 brings to 160 the number of football players who have earned degrees since December, 2001; and 105 since Dec., 2005.

Richt happy with workout

After three days of final exams, Georgia resumed preparations Wednesday at the team's Woodruff Practice Facility.

It was the second bowl practice for the Bulldogs, who are slated to hold five more practices in Athens before the team reconvenes in Shreveport, La., on Dec. 24.

"I was very encouraged with today's practice," Richt said. "I thought the guys showed great focus and energy. It was one of the best practices we've had."

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