On the other hand they can be welcomed with open arms. Competition can breed success. Let the players push each other to new and higher plateaus. And let the best man win the snaps.
By August's two-a-days some (maybe all) of this will certainly be behind us, but right now...there are three QBs in Athens who are all at a crossroads. (I omit newcomer Hutson Mason because 1. he's not in Athens yet and 2. the impact of the recent south GA arrest has yet to register in his zip code) The performances on the practice field, weight room, film room, class room, downtown, on their mopeds, in the dining hall, at the movie theater, on the phone with their mom...you get the point. Their actions 24/7 for the next couple weeks especially could shape their career as Dawgs like no other.
Often the forgotten man in the backfield, most fans (including myself at times) have relegated him to eternal backup duty and/or a position change. While you have to admire the kid's stickttoittiveness, when the head coach sticks you out on the field to wave your hand to the point that it becomes a bad joke before a bad dream...well, it's not a good sign.
Still the Mettenberger arrest leaves Coach Bobo with one less signal caller for at least one game. Gray is needed in that huddle. He is wanted in that huddle. If he is ever to prove he's ready mentally and physically to take the reins...that time is now.
Nice piece today from Hale on Murray's boring spring break. It's been widely believed, even before Mett's arrest that the starting QB job at the University of Georgia was Murray's to lose. Personally, I've been looking forward to this kid under center 'tween the hedges ever since he came back from a devastating leg injury to lead his team to a state championship.
I won't try and speak for you, but as I've read the recent stories from Butts-Mehre I can't help but think that Murray is now being interviewed for the starting job through the media. Richt and Bobo know what he can do on the field. They've known that for some time. And sure, the kid's had a microphone in front of his nose before. But now there is at least the appearance that he's the guy. (I mean, we're already talking about the dude's glove.) He can put the team on his back with his helmet on, can he keep the team balanced and in order while being quoted for tomorrow's print?
Murray's a winner. And I know for a fact he wants the job. And we're all pretty sure he has the skills to win in the SEC. The only thing to keep him from proving it, might just be a feeling of complacency after his supposed main competition was forced to hand over his unfactual IDs in Remerton.
The man of the hour...Athens' own McLovin...the personality under the red and black microscope. I had no sooner read that the redshirt freshman from Watkinsville was closer to the starting job than people believed, than I was also reading he had a brain fart in south Georgia.
Mett's crossroads off the field couldn't have any clearer road signs: stay sober (and/or out from under the streetlights). On the field though, not as clear. Sure, he can use the experience to channel his inner David Greene and prove to be a redshirt wonder. But even if he wrestles away the all important August snaps from Gray and Murray, he has at least one game to watch from the sideline.
Can you imagine the feeling of winning the porsche, handing over the keys to your buddy just for a joy ride around the block...only to never hold the keys again? That scenario might not play out with Mett sitting during the home opener against UL-L. But if he earns the position as starter and the suspension goes to two games only to see a backup QB grab a dramatic win in Columbia...well, then we have ourselves a full bore QB controversy.
And regardless, it's always better to have one of those in the spring than the fall.