With Mettenberger gone, it's Murray's show

April, 18, 2010
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The margin for error at quarterback for Georgia just got a lot thinner.

The Bulldogs exited spring practice with two promising redshirt freshmen and a versatile junior who was one of the better all-around athletes on the team.

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Dale Zanine/US PresswireFreshman Aaron Murray is the favorite to quarterback a veteran offense that returns 10 starters.
But with the dismissal of redshirt freshman Zach Mettenberger from the team on Sunday for a violation of team rules, the Bulldogs suddenly find themselves in a precarious position entering the fall.

In short, they'd better hope redshirt freshman Aaron Murray is as good as they think he is, and they'd also better hope that both Murray and junior Logan Gray stay healthy.

Otherwise, Georgia could be looking at an offense in 2010 with all the pieces to the puzzle … with the exception of a quarterback. The Bulldogs return 10 offensive starters.

Murray was the likely starter even before Mettenberger was booted. But Murray has never taken a snap in a college game, and Gray hasn’t taken any meaningful snaps. Gray’s a terrific athlete, but the jury’s still out on whether or not he throws the ball well enough to be the every-down starter.

He may be better suited to come in and play situationally, which puts the onus back on Murray.

With Mettenberger around, the Bulldogs were going to have the luxury of those two pushing each other all season. Georgia coach Mark Richt could have also gone with the hot hand.

Now, his hands are pretty well tied.

It’s Murray’s show.

Chris Low | email

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