Thursday, March 4, 2010

Quarterback Competition - Could Mettenberger steal the show?

Spring practice looms and the competition for quarterback will become the main focus of the Bulldog Nation leading up to G-Day. Logan Gray's decision to stay at quarterback (for now anyway)means there are three guys throwing their hats into the fire this spring. I think it is safe to eliminate in-coming freshman Hutson Mason by virtue of still being in high school Mason does not have the skill set that Matt Stafford had to start as a true freshman and Stafford actually enrolled early. Gray is the most experienced of the bunch, but disappointing play in limited chances in '09 left many to think switching positions was the best route for Logan. Aaron Murray seems to be the chosen one right now and I believe he will ultimately win the job. But the real wild card in this race may be Georgia's other talented QB from the class of 2009, Zach Mettenberger.

Like Murray, Mettenberger was an Elite 11 QB during his senior year at Oconee County High School just outside of Athens. Listed at 6'5'' and 230 pounds, he definitely has the size that you like to see in pocket passer. Many have praised his strong arm, some saying it could be stronger than Stafford's was. But despite his size and arm, Mettenberger was labeled a project, a player that could be something special but just isn't there yet. Now, a year and a half into his career at Georgia, could Mettenberger step up and take charge?

Here are some highlights of Mettenberger from high school and G-Day last year:

Check the 1:39 mark

It should be a fun next couple of weeks on the practice field. May the best man win the job!


Monday, March 1, 2010

Monday Thoughts: Things that make me happy

- Team USA. Helluva job. They may have the gold, but we outplayed them. Canada, look out in 2014, because this young US team will now be the experienced vets and you are going to have a big target on your back.

- Georgia beating Florida. Not nearly the same thrill as a football victory over the Gators, but very satisfying none the less.

- Quotes like this (h/t David Hale) by Branden Smith talking about the new defensive scheme:
"I believe that we’re going to get more interceptions this year. Last year, we didn’t get that many picks, and I believe it was the scheme we were in. The scheme we’re in now, it seems like something everybody’s looking forward to – linebackers, D-backs and especially on the D line.” - Branden Smith

- Colt McCoy giving mad props to Aaron Murray. All Murray has to do now is go out and win the job.

- Diamond Dawgs sweep the Hatters. I know it is just Stetson, but good teams take care of business against weaker opponents and the Dawgs took care of business this weekend.

- March - The end of winter, the return of good weather, UGA spring practice, Braves spring training, St. Patrick's Day, and March Madness.