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Richt: Right now, QB Gray is unsure of future

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATHENS -- The University of Georgia's quarterback depth chart will remain in limbo for the time being.

Georgia head coach Mark Richt told reporters during Thursday's SEC teleconference that quarterback Logan Gray has not made a decision on his future in Athens.

Gray met with Richt earlier in the week after the team's post-spring depth chart named redshirt freshman Aaron Murray the starter ahead of Gray, despite solid springs from both.

"He wants to play," Richt said of Gray, who is the only quarterback on the roster that has taken live snaps. "Right now, he's not sure that he can.

"I made it real clear that we just had a post-spring depth chart that did not name anybody a starter at any position, including quarterback."

Murray, the heralded signal-caller out of Florida, and Gray, who has been discussed by coaches as a possible receiver, are the only two scholarship quarterbacks on the team after the dismissal of redshirt freshman Zach Mettenberger following an offseason arrest in Remerton this spring.

Richt said there is no timetable for Gray's decision on staying with the Bulldogs.

"The bottom line is, if he wants to be at Georgia, we're glad to have him and we're certainly a better team with him than without him," Richt said.

Gray's meeting with the head coach wasn't meant to be up for public opinion, Richt added. Such meetings with players are a common occurrence, albeit usually done in private.

"This type of thing happens a whole lot more than anybody ever knows," Richt said. "It usually doesn't become a public issue. Nowadays, the way news travels, somebody caught wind that he had come see me about discussing what to do."

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STURDIVANT'S RECOVERY ON TRACK:

Offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant, who suffered his second season-ending torn ACL in the 2009 opener, is expected to be ready for preseason practices in August, Richt said.

"He feels like this (ACL) repair feels different to him and feels better to him," Richt said. "We want him healthy, so we may ease him in a little bit, but he's projected to be full-go when we get going."

With Clint Boling, who moved to left tackle after Sturdivant's first knee injury two years ago, and the

emergence of Josh Davis late last season at right tackle, Georgia has some depth at the position to allow Sturdivant time to work his way back into the offensive line rotation.

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NOTES:

Richt said he wouldn't be opposed to the idea of having star receiver A.J. Green return punts, even if the chance of injury exists. "I wouldn't be against him doing anything for us that will help us win."... Richt also talked more about his decision in hiring former NFL defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Todd Grantham to be the Bulldogs' coordinator on defense. In particular, he didn't set out from the beginning on hiring a coach who ran the 3-4 defensive scheme, which Grantham has implemented in Athens this spring. "I didn't say I'm going to find me a 3-4 guy. My thinking was I'm going to find the best man for the job. As it turned out, it was Todd."... Richt wouldn't go so far Thursday as to say the defense is starting from scratch, as least not personnel-wise. The Bulldogs' coach said he felt the defense was in good shape in its two-deep depth chart at most positions, but that coaches are now recruiting players that will fit the 3-4 scheme for the future. The post-spring depth chart includes Southwest Georgia alums Nick Williams (Bainbridge), Bacarri Rambo (Seminole County) and Shawn Williams (Early County) at safety and Darryl Gamble (Bainbridge) at outside linebacker. Nick Williams and Rambo are listed as starters coming out of spring ball, while Shawn Williams is listed behind Nick Williams and Quintin Banks. Gamble is slotted as a backup at outside linebacker after moving from inside linebacker just days before the spring game.