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Quarterback depth dwindling for Georgia

Remember when Georgia’s quarterback stable almost looked crowded?

Well, with Zach Mettenberger no longer part of the program and Logan Gray now pondering his future, the Bulldogs could be looking at the possibility of going into next season with a pair of freshmen who’ve never taken a college snap -- and nobody else.

Redshirt freshman Aaron Murray is the starter and has a great work ethic and a ton of talent. But freshmen in this league almost always struggle. It’s a fact, and some struggle longer than others.

As most Georgia fans surely remember, one of the exceptions to this rule was David Greene, who as a redshirt freshman in 2001 played beyond his years en route to winning SEC Freshman of the Year honors. He passed for 2,789 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions that season, Mark Richt’s first at Georgia, and the Bulldogs finished 8-4.

Greene would go on to win 42 games as a starter, an NCAA Division I-A record for a starting quarterback until it was broken last season by Colt McCoy.

So if Murray has close to the same kind of success that Greene did during his first season at Georgia, they will be partying down on Broad Street next fall.

Chances are they’ll be partying anyway.

That said, Gray’s decision could still prove to be crucial. He might not be ideal as an every-down quarterback, but he’s at least been around the program, is extremely athletic and has played some.

There was talk last season that he might be moving to another position, possibly receiver or safety. You’re talking about a guy who’s returned punts during his career.

But he’s one injury away right now from being Georgia’s starting quarterback.

Those close to Gray think he’ll end up staying. But if he does decide to transfer, then Murray’s backup would be incoming freshman Hutson Mason of Marietta, Ga. Mason doesn’t even arrive on campus until this summer.

Stay tuned.