Maybe I'm all alone in my thinking (and I'm sure it wouldn't be the first or last time that ever happened), but, I have to wonder if what we saw from Gray on Saturday was truly indicative of his true abilities. He took the field our QB for the first time *ever* in a real live game at a point where it was already so jacked up that nothing short of a miracle could have saved it. Did he save the situation? Well no of course not. Did he make it worse? Yes, a bit. Was his performance any worse than our Senior Starting Quarterback who'd been at this for 8 games? Nope, not even a little bit. Most importantly, should his performance been better than our Senior Starting Quarterback who had already been at this for 8 games this season? I don't think so.
Right now, I'm willing to say the jury is still out on Mr. Gray. He has the potential to be a great Quarterback. To put this in perspective, the ESPN RISE Elite 11 had Matthew Stafford listed as #11, just above Tim "the 2nd coming of Christ" Tebow in 2005. In 2006, Logan Gray was #11. The only other QB's
currently playing I actually recognize from the 06 list are Stephen Garcia (#3), Jarrett Lee (#5) and Ryan Mallet (#6). Incidentally the #1 QB on that list, John Brantley is currently in school at Florida and of course waiting his turn.
DJ Shockley was #10 on this list in 2000, Vince Young was #2 in 2001, Chris Leak was #1 in 2002. Granted Joe Cox was #3 in 2004, just ahead of Crompton and Mettenburger & Murray are #'s 8 & 9 respectively in 2005. But by and large, the guys who make this list are no slouches. They *have* talent as prep quarterbacks.
At this point, I can only hope & pray that our illustrious leader, CMR recognizes the wisdom of getting next yr's QB some meaningful snaps this year. Well, that and accept the fact that I'm going to drink and cry a lot over the next several Saturdays.
Am I all alone in this thought process?