December 15, 2012

Willing to wait his turn

Backup quarterback Christian LeMay says he's willing to wait his turn.

Even should Aaron Murray decide to leave early for the NFL, Georgia won't have any shortage of quarterback candidates with redshirt sophomore Hutson Mason, sophomore Parker Welch, freshman Faton Bauta and incoming freshman Brice Ramsey set to report in January.

In other words, there's no guarantee that LeMay - a former four-star recruit - will claim the starting role.

But the way LeMay sees his situation, just because there's no guarantees isn't a reason to consider seeking his football fortunes somewhere else.

In other words, any rumors one may hear that LeMay may one day consider leaving Georgia for another school - don't believe them.

"I'm very patient. I know that some things might not come as quickly as you want them to, whether on the field or life in general," LeMay said. "You always expect certain things, and it doesn't happen. Not because it's not meant to be but because you're not quite there yet - it's not your time in life."

It's been an interesting year for the North Carolina native, who for the most part of 2012 found himself in a weekly battle with Welch to see who would back up Murray.

To the surprise of many, Welch - a walk-on - beat out LeMay on more than one occasion, although when he played the former Butler High star showed some positive signs.

LeMay saw action in five games, completing 1 of 2 passes for 43 yards while rushing 16 times for 67 more, including one for a touchdown in the season-opener against Buffalo.

"The thing I'm worried about is just getting better as an individual on and off the field," LeMay said. "It's a marathon, not a sprint; that's pretty much how I look at it."

LeMay credits a strong family background for helping to keep him grounded, not to mention the fact that his younger brother Uriah is a current Bulldog commitment for the class of 2013.

"I love my family. I talk to my dad almost every day, him and my mom…I try to talk to all my brothers and my sister," LeMay said. "You've got to remember who you represent. I just want to make them happy. They're the reason that drives me. They do so much for me and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them."

This and that

Fifth-ranked Georgia football team had a two-hour practice on Saturday as the Bulldogs continued their preparations for the Capital One Bowl game against No. 21 Nebraska on New Year's Day in Orlando. Saturday's session marked the fourth bowl practice of the week for the Bulldogs, who have six more before breaking for Christmas. "I thought we had another good one out there today, which is saying something with the game still so far away," head coach Mark Richt. "That's four practices in a row where we have a good effort by the guys. They are competing well against each other and look like they are making the preparations necessary for this game." … There were an estimated 100 high school underclassmen and their families at practice on Saturday. The high school players and their families watched practice and then had an opportunity to visit with position coaches.