February 15, 2010

Gray still eyes starting QB job

Will he stay or will he go? What position will he play?

Those were just some of the questions being asked of Logan Gray, who said he does in fact intend to remain at quarterback; at least for the time being.

"The coaches never really confronted me about the whole issue. It was kind of interesting that all this whirlwind talk started brewing up and everything because it seemed to me like Coach (Mike) Bobo was planning on me playing quarterback through the spring and if I wanted to, then try to compete somewhere else if quarterback wasn't working," Gray said. "I guess, we'll just work from there, but this spring I plan on playing quarterback as far as I know."

Gray admitted the thoughts of playing another position have crossed his mind, including receiver, a position coaches briefly considered testing him out at two years ago.

But while Gray said he's up for doing whatever benefits the Bulldogs, he's not about to give up his dream of being Georgia's starting QB.

"I thought about it some. I think ultimately I just want to try and do what's best for me and what's best for our team, and helping out the team. I've thought about it, and you know, nothing's really changed dating back to anytime, really," he said. "I plan on playing quarterback. If it doesn't work, I'm not opposed to playing receiver, playing defense, whatever it may be. Ultimately, I just want to try and help the team win and contribute."

Questions over Gray's future have been going on for the better part of the year.

In fact, the talk became such a distraction that the Missouri native the reason he stopped doing interviews during Georgia's preparation for the Independence Bowl was to keep the talk from becoming a larger issue.

"I think there's always going to be stories coming up about something. That (changing positions) got brought up somehow but it didn't really bother me. I stopped talking to the media a little bit at the end of last year just to let it all clear over and not be a distraction from the team," Gray said. "I've just tried to let it smooth over and play out, just see what happens on the field before everybody starts talking about this and that."

Gray concedes he was disappointed that he didn't receive more playing time at quarterback than he received.

But he insists he's not dwelling on the past.

"There were a lot of things besides me not getting as much playing time as maybe I would have liked," Gray said. "It just didn't go our way, but dwelling on anything that happened in the past is not going to get me anywhere. I'm just going to work hard this offseason and do what I can to get better."

When Gray did get to line up under center, the pressure to succeed was immense.

Unfortunately, not a lot went right. Although he saw action in all 13 games, Gray only attempted 12 passes, completing five for 31 yards and was intercepted twice, including once by Florida's Brandon Spikes who returned one for a pick-6.

"That was one of the toughest parts. Whenever you'd come in for a play, and maybe that play didn't work or you got zero-yard play and you'd be stressing because you want to make something happen so bad so you can get more opportunities. You throw an interception, you want to make up for it," Gray said. "We all got clean slate coming in, so get back to work and spring practice will ultimately be big in deciding what's going to happen."

However, when it comes to predicting who will eventually come out on top as Georgia's starting quarterback for 2010, Gray said it's anybody's guess.

He said it's just the hope of all three contenders than an equal opportunity to win the job will be given to all.

"I would like to hope that everything's on an even keel, but obviously the coaches have in mind what they think is going to be best for the team. We'll see what happens. Really, there's nothing that me, Aaron (Murray) or Zach (Mettenberger) can do but give it our best shot and prove to the coaches that we should be that No. 1 guy," he said. "I guess all you can do is really worry about is yourself and what you can do. I'm really not going to worry about what other people are doing."

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