Greene Moves to First String Quarterback

ATHENS, Ga. ------- University of Georgia head football coach <b>Mark Richt</b> announced some key personnel decisions following Monday's practice at Sanford Stadium.

Richt said he has moved redshirt freshman David Greene to No. 1 on the depth chart at quarterback and that senior Cory Phillips and true freshman D.J. Shockley would both occupy the No. 2 position.

Despite the announcement, Richt said he is still reserving his decision on who will be the starter when the Bulldogs open up against Arkansas State on Sept. 1, citing there is still a long way to go in what has been and remains a very close race.

"It's going to come down to a gameday decision," said Richt. "We are changing the depth chart but I am not naming a starter because it is that close." Richt said last night he and quarterbacks coach Mike Bobo sat down and reviewed all of the scrimmages the team has held since last spring in trying to determine the depth chart. After much deliberation Richt said he felt like this was the best way to go.

"I think it is far from over because there is still a true competition going on," said Richt. "I told David he was not the starter, but that he was No. 1 (on the depth chart). I told Cory that we were keeping Greene at No. 1 and moving him to No. 2, but that it is ever so close right now.

"Cory's decision making has been just as good as David's. The game is the true test and we will see how they react." Richt did not rule out the possibility that more than one quarterback will play against Arkansas State. "There is a chance more than one quarterback will play," said Richt. Richt said the biggest winner in all of this is the team, citing the quarterback race is so close because of all of the things each of the players is doing well."

At the end of the spring we were not really that excited, but right now I think we could win with either (Greene, Phillips, or Shockley)." In other personnel matters, Richt announced that sophomore Musa Smith was the No. 1 tailback, followed by sophomore Kenny Bailey and senior Jasper Sanks.

Richt also said that junior tackle George Foster was questionable for the first game after having his ankle scoped to clean up some bone fragments in his ankle.

View the updated depth chart.


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