Quarterback Logan Gray treats each opportunity he gets to run Georgia's offense as piece of solid gold.
Although he won't admit it, Gray knows whatever impression he can make now will only help him when he battles freshmen Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger for the starting job in the spring.
But with three games to go in the season, Gray's not ready to look that far ahead quite yet.
"I'm not really thinking about anything besides the season right now," Gray said. "Obviously, with these experiences, getting this time at quarterback in a game will help no matter what the situation is down the road, whether it be something happens to Joe (Cox) next week, or later on in the season, or next spring, later on in my career, whatever. I'm just trying to build on getting this time. There's nothing I can do but to keep on working as hard as I can. Today was good."
At least for the most part:
After being promised one series by offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, Gray wound up playing him in three.
He was 4 of 5 for 25 yards, but the one incompletion was intercepted in the end zone as Gray was trying to connect with Israel Troupe. Gray did rush for 32 yards.
"I was happy to get in the game. I was happy for Joe, I was happy for the offense, I thought we were playing well in the first half," Gray said. "I thought we were playing well, but I was hoping to contribute, too and obviously I threw an interception, everybody saw that but nothing you can do about that except move on."
Head coach Mark Richt felt hat Gray made the most of his playing time.
"It was for good for him to get in there and he played well after that one pick he threw," Richt said. "I'm sure he was disappointed in that, but he was 4-for-5 and had a couple of nice runs. It just takes time. It takes time to get to get to that comfort level, so it's good that he's able to go in and get those reps."
"It's important that he goes in there with confidence and says 'Hey, I'm ready until my time comes," he said. "It's important to get out there when the band in playing. I thought he came back after that interception and played well."
It certainly beat coming in for one play, which except for some mop up action against Tennessee and Florida, had been the extent of Gray's playing time this year.
At least Saturday he was able to get into a little bit of a rhythm.
"Definitely, it can be tough just coming in for one play cold off the bench, so it was great to get in there like I did," Gray said. "It was just one to be in a game situation and be in a situation where you're moving the ball other than in practice."
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