2009 Spring Preview: Quarterbacks

ATHENS - Dean Legge breaks down the quarterbacks at Georgia this spring.

2008 Starter: Matthew Stafford

Matthew Stafford's time at Georgia ended without a championship. Joe Cox will try to guide Georgia to its first SEC title since 2005. In that short time Georgia's hated rival Florida has won the national championship twice. That fact has not been lost on Cox, a fifth-year senior who is drawing leadership comparisons to 2005 signal caller D.J. Shockley.

Much has been made about Georgia's transition to Cox this spring, but the Dawgs won't have to retool the offensive, as a little too much has been made of Cox's inability to throw the ball the way Stafford can. While it is accurate to say Stafford has a significantly better arm, the same concepts – perhaps not the same types of throws – will be used in Mike Bobo's third year as offensive coordinator.

Cox's tenure will be a success if Georgia wins the SEC or prevents Florida from doing so… it is that simple.

Logan Gray, meanwhile will be fighting for playing time. Two heralded true freshen are already on campus, and are, obviously, looking to get ahead of the Missouri native on the depth chart. The Show Me Stater will have to do just that, as his athletic ability combined with the pressure from the youth could have him sliding to receiver next spring if he does not lock down the starting job before then.

The two youngsters, however, will likely look like chickens with their heads cut off this spring. While Zach Mettenberger has spent many an afternoon at Georgia's practices over the last few years, there is no way to expect him to understand the details of Georgia's offense. Aaron Murray, too, will just be trying to hold his head above water. That duo's spring will come next season aftger Cox departs.

Class of 2009 (2 Signed) – See above. Both Mettenberger and Murray are on campus now.

Keep and eye on for 2010 – That's hard to say. Georgia has not pinpointed a signal caller quite yet. It is going to be a task to sign a quarterback the year after two young quarterbacks were signed, but it is probably necessary.

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