July 14, 2010

Bobo addresses backup QB questions

Wednesday's media session with Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo answered two very important questions for Bulldog fans regarding the position status of Logan Gray and who would likely get the call in the event quarterback Aaron Murray went down with an injury.

"I'd say naturally it would be Logan Gray if something happened because he's got experience and he's been in the position for three years," Bobo said. "Unless the freshman, (Hutson Mason), lights it up to where we feel 'Hey, we've got something here.' You never know who will surprise you, but right now I'd say that person would be Logan."

But here's the kicker.

According to Bobo, when the Bulldogs begin preseason drills July 31, Gray will be working out extensively at wide receiver with Mason getting the snaps with the No. 2 offense.

"It's something that we've still got to talk about. We're not 100 percent, but right now we will work him at fulltime receiver and try to get him in that mold of trying to help us there," Bobo said. "We don't want to jerk the kid around and say hey, you're going to be doing this, this day and this that day. We want to give him the opportunity to play that position, but nothing is set in stone."

Bobo concedes it's a scary position that his Bulldog offense finds itself in.

"It's looking that way right now. It is scary. It's scary starting any season with a new quarterback who hasn't played a lot. The depth is scary at that position but that's where we're at as a football team," said Bobo. "We're really going to depend on our offensive line and hope (knock on wood) that we stay healthy, stay together and play like we think we can play."

One thing Bobo is not concerned with is Murray's work habits.

It's not unusual to find the redshirt freshman already in the Butts-Mehre Building at 6:30 a.m., poring over film and doing whatever he can to get ready for the upcoming campaign.

Bobo said it's that kind of work ethic and preparation that will serve as a great benefit to Murray, not only in the season-opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, but during week 2 when the Bulldogs travel to South Carolina for the first road game of the young's quarterback's career.

"I think you do that (prepare for road games) by stressing fundamentals and having good practice habits, doing things right on a consistent basis where it becomes a habit," Bobo said. "He's not going to have a lot of reps because he's young, but he's got good practice habits, he studies well and when you do that you gain confidence and I think that will help him more than anything."

Bobo said any decision to play Gray instead of Mason is not an indictment on the freshman from Lassiter High.

On the contrary: Since the first time Bobo watched Mason in May 2009 until the time he reported to Athens last month, the young quarterback has grown 2 inches and gained 25 pounds.

Bobo also offered comparisons to a former Georgia great.

"Obviously we like him or we would have never offered him a scholarship. I don't want to put this on the guy and say he has to look up to this guy, but he reminded me of David Greene when we had him in camp last summer," Bobo said. "We liked him a lot but we just weren't going to offer him a scholarship at that time. But I liked his demeanor; I liked the way he moved around. He reminded me a lot of him. His head's going to be spinning from Day 1 because he could be running second team huddle."

NOTES: Bobo said the staff is taking a wait-and-see approach on left tackle Trinton Sturdivant, who is attempting to come back from two torn ACLS, but is still expected to be 100 percent. "We're going to wait and see on how he progresses. If he comes back and is able to play it will definitely be a bonus. There's a lot of practice time to determine that. … Bobo said offensive linemen Austin Long (back) and Brent Benedict (knee) would be worked in slowly, adding it's still too early to tell if they will be able to contribute this year. … Bobo said he anticipates sophomore cornerback Branden Smith to get just as many offensive touches as he did as a freshman.

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