As Quarterback Day here on CFT rolls on, we have some news regarding Georgia’s competition at the position.
Or, maybe, some non-news news.
All three of the quarterbacks fighting for the starting job — Aaron Murray, Zach Mettenberger and Logan Gray — flashed varying degrees of impressiveness during UGA’s annual spring game. Unfortunately for those fans desperately clamoring for an answer, head coach Mark Richt is not comfortable enough yet making a concrete decision on a starter.
“I know everybody wants to know what’s going on, they want to know who the starter is,” Richt said. “I couldn’t name a starter right now if I wanted to.”
The only certainty to the competition is the one player who is not in the running to start the opener, and it has nothing to do with his performance on the field this spring. Mettenberger was arrested for alcohol-related offenses earlier this year and, per school policy, will be suspended for the first game of the 2010 season.
That could put Richt and his staff in a bit of spot as, at least statistically when you combine the two scrimmages and the spring game, Mettenberger, working with the No 2 offense against the No. 2 defense most of the spring, has been the best quarterback of the three.
Mettenberger received fewer throws than either Murray — the perceived frontrunner entering spring — and Gray, yet threw for more yards (433) and more touchdowns (five) than the other two. Additionally, he completed 64 percent of his passes, compared to 59 percent for Murray and 55 percent for Gray.