May 17, 2010

Richt happy Gray decided to stay

The decision by Logan Gray to stay at Georgia instead of transferring to another school was music the ears of head coach Mark Richt.

"I was happy that he stayed, but I was most happy for the reasons he stayed," Richt said on the statewide radio show Dawg Dial. "He told me he just had so much love for Georgia, he loved his teammates and felt like we were about to win some championships and he wanted to be a part of that."

Part of the CRM Sports Network, Dawg Dial airs on 38 radio stations throughout Georgia and can be downloaded Tuesday on UGASports.com.

Gray was just one of the subjects broached with Richt, who sees the redshirt junior as playing an integral role at receiver come fall.

"Certainly it gives us more depth at the quarterback position and will probably help our depth at the wide receiver position," Richt said. "He wants to spend a lot of time this off-season preparing to help us at wide receiver and I think he's got the skills where he can do that. He understands the offense and he understands a lot of the route concepts maybe better than some of the receivers do. He's good speed, good hands, he's tough, he's gotten strong over the years since he's been here. I think he'll help us."

Although Richt could not say exactly how much playing time Gray would get at receiver, he's going to get every opportunity to show what he can do.

"I think he'll play. I think he'll help us there. You just don't play one or two receivers, you rotate guys so if he learns what to do, which he probably already knows what to do," Richt said. "Again, he's got a good concept of how to run the routes. He probably doesn't have the muscle memory of running them over and over but I think he'll do fine. I think he'll certainly be able to help us."

With Gray back, Richt said the Bulldogs will only look to sign one quarterback in the upcoming class of 2011.

Georgia appears to have that player after Christian LeMay gave his commitment to the Bulldogs three weeks ago.

"I don't think so," Richt said when asked if the Georgia would look to sign a second QB. "I think we're planning on signing one and that's where we're staying right now."

As for any quarterback work by Gray this fall, Richt didn't rule it out but certainly seemed to indicate that the job is redshirt freshman Aaron Murray's to lose.

"It's going to depend on what Logan does. If it turns out he does spend more time as a receiver then it's going to be hard to take over the starting quarterback position," Richt said. "That's not very realistic, but we've also got Huston Mason coming in who wants to compete and we're going to allow him to do that, see what he looks like when he comes in. But there's no question that Aaron is certainly in the driver's seat right now."

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