Georgia Bulldogs: Mark Richt Ready To Get Offensive

Eddie Bruce aka GeorgiaDawgAnalyst IMarch 31, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Coach Mark Richt of the University of Georgia directs play against the Michigan State Spartans at the 2009 Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Georgia head coach Mark Richt announced yesterday that he will reclaim his seat in many of the offensive meetings that take place on the Georgia complex this season.

Tim Tucker of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Richt has made it known to Coach Mike Bobo that he will once again attend the daily hour long quarterback meetings that Bobo runs.

While this should not automatically lead us to believe that Richt is unhappy with the way things played out last season on the offensive side of the ball, it does tell us that Coach Richt may at least have some concerns.

With the season only five months away and a young inexperienced quarterback sure to be under center, no one would argue that Richt's knowledge and experience will certainly be an added benefit in those meetings.

The quarterback competition is the obvious reason for Richt to return to these meetings, but it also appears that Richt was not happy with the inconsistent offensive play last season. The Dawgs finished the season 75th in the nation in total offense.

Richt has repeatedly stated that turnovers, and who can protect the ball will play a big part in who starts at QB for the Dawgs come September.

Richt and Bobo have showed very little interest in telling the Dawg nation who the leader in the competition is at this point. That may come after the G Day game on April 10th, but it may not be revealed or decided until we get closer to the season opener.

Zack Mettenberger certainly did not help his chances with his arrest during spring break. A minimum one game suspension is expected for Mettenberger.

That leaves either Logan Gray or Aaron Murray as the probable starter for the season opener. Most Dawg fans feel Murray will be the man.

If the numbers are to tell the tale (and they won't on their own), Murray would appear to be the leader. Murray seems comfortable and poised. He is confident and in control.

Last season Gray appeared to be overwhelmed when he had a chance to play. Granted, his opportunities were few. The talk of Gray moving to wide receiver makes you think his time as a QB could be coming to an end.

In the first scrimmage of the season, Murray completed 10 of 15 passes for 125 yards. Murray hooked up with AJ Green for a 40 yard touchdown pass.

Gray completed only six of 13 passes for 37 yards, He was sacked three times.

Mettenberger had a nice scrimmage, completing seven of 10 passes for 157 yards. He hit Rantavious Wooten for a 65 yard score.

Mettenberger may very well still be in the mix, but he will not start in game one due to the coming suspension.

One thing appears to be certain as we move through the spring drills. Mark Richt is ready to make sure whoever it is that starts the season under center, will be prepared and ready to lead the Dawgs.

The Dawgs will scrimmage again this week. The G Day game will be Saturday. April 10th in Athens.


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