Gray Looking to Turn Heads

ATHENS – With Matthew Stafford heading to the NFL, Joe Cox is now the starter at quarterback for Georgia, and he's garnered plenty of attention already.

Two highly recruited freshmen – Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger – are already enrolled in school and working out with the Bulldogs, too. Mettenberger is a local recruit from Watkinsville with a cannon arm, and Murray was touted as one of the best high school players in Florida, leading his team to a state title last season. Both have already earned their fair share of hype, too.

And then there's Logan Gray – the redshirt freshman who figured to be second on the depth chart in 2009, but thus far has been fourth in terms of media and fan attention.

"I don't know if I feel forgotten," Gray said. "It's easy when we've got two big quarterbacks coming in as freshmen. I feel like I was getting a lot of questions my freshman year, and we still had Matthew Stafford and Joe Cox. I don't mind it. I know what I've got to do and I'm just going to stay focused on that."

Last season, staying focused on improving at quarterback wasn't easy. As one of Georgia's primary punt returners and a key cog on several special teams units, Gray spent a big chunk of his practice time working on things other than playing quarterback.

"When you're losing out on reps it just kind of catches up to you and I think that's why, I don't know if I regressed, but I wasn't getting better at the rate I wanted to last season," Gray said.

With his special teams days behind him – or so it seems for now – it's all quarterback, all the time for the athletic Gray. He said he's happy to be focused on playing his true position, and hopes to earn some playing time with a strong spring, too. Mark Richt and Mike Bobo both said that plays could be installed in the offense to exploit Gray's ability to run the ball as a compliment to Cox, who is more of a true pocket passer.

"It hasn't been talked about too much so far, but hopefully if I have a good spring and the coaches feel confident in me, that would be something I would love to do," Gray said. "Hopefully that will work out, but I've just got to have a good spring and prove myself that I'm capable of getting in there and doing that."

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