The Strongest Unit
There seems to be no way for GEORGIA to struggle on offense this year. Last season, the Dawgs led all of NCAA football in a key stat: yardage gained per play (7.08). And everyone coming back has started big football games and really produced. Georgia lost two receivers from 2012 (TK and Marlon) but actually returns more receiving depth than in any season in memory. Murray will shatter the conference passing mark currently held by David Greene. Gurley looks Heisman to me and splits carries with the fastest SEC running back. The line, which blocked for a unit setting the school record for offense, returns intact.
Meanwhile, the NFL studded D must reload. About the D, they only gave up eight points per game in the six games before the BAMA game. More about the D, UGA was set to return almost all of its starters from 2011 last year and was coming off a national top five defensive ranking. Suspensions due to discipline, ego issues, a lack of cohesion and Grantham playing the starters way too many snaps last season, saw the vaunted defense slip to twelfth in the SEC in total rushing defense. Conversely, BAMA replaced most of its starters and platooned guys and led the nation in total defense for a second straight season. I have seen this season’s UGA defensive players on the field save a few, and they have the talent to produce results. While our depth is much greater without over-reliance on key studs. Who, that said, will be missed.
In college in general and more often than usual at UGA, the more-respected side of the ball has sometimes struggled and even underperformed when compared to the less-heralded side. What we know is not what we know. Three years ago, the known was that AJ Green would be an all-American coming into the season. He sat out the first four games for selling a jersey yet Murray actually statistically played well in his first four college starts without him. Two years ago, we had all-Americans set to boot at kicker and punter…and led the SEC in shanks.