- Associated Press - Monday, August 2, 2010

ATHENS, GA. (AP) - Mark Richt isn’t afraid of starting a freshman quarterback.

Having only freshmen at the position is a different matter.

Richt acknowledged it is “scary” to have only four freshmen quarterbacks, including new starter Aaron Murray, in team meetings.

“The quarterback room has got to be the youngest room maybe in the history of college football,” Richt said Monday before Georgia’s first practice.

“You’ve got a redshirt freshman, a true freshman on scholarship and then two walk-ons. That is all that is in that quarterback room right now, so it’s scary in there.”

Murray found some humor in quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo’s challenge.

“I feel real bad for coach Bobo but he has, what, five kids under the age of 5, so he has a little experience dealing with this,” Murray said.

Bobo’s five children, including triplets, are 6 or younger.

Bobo said Murray is “self-motivated and driven.”

“He’s not a guy who is just going to sit back and say ‘I’m the starting quarterback at the University of Georgia,’” Bobo said. “He’s working his tail off and he’s fully dedicated. He’s preparing and part of having confidence is preparing well in what we do.”

The only player on Georgia’s roster who has game experience at quarterback is Logan Gray, a junior who was the backup to 2009 senior starter Joe Cox.

Gray requested a move to receiver after Murray was named the starter at the end of spring practice.

With Gray at his new position, Hutson Mason of Marietta’s Lassiter High joins Murray as the only scholarship quarterbacks.

Murray, from Tampa, was held out last season as a redshirt. Mason and walk-ons Parker Welch of Jesup, Ga., and Greg Bingham of Columbus are new to the team.

Another 2009 redshirt, Zach Mettenberger, was dismissed from the team in April before pleading guilty to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery in May.

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