This year’s SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., certainly made fans and analysts alike even more ready for the 2013 season, but it also gave us a look as to what to expect from Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs.
After a tough end to the 2012 season in the SEC Championship against Alabama, Richt is definitely ready to start this fall off where they left off and to hopefully earn another shot at playing in the coveted title match. With senior quarterback Aaron Murray returning, the Bulldogs will surely have the leadership they need from a veteran starter to make it.
However, if it is up to South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney, that will be one win that he plans to make Murray earn. According to Bruce Feldman of CBS, Clowney stated that Murray, along with a host of other quarterbacks, are “afraid” of him and he can see the fear in their eyes. While that may ring true for some, Murray was quick to admit that he thinks “the word fear was misused for respect.” And if the seasoned Georgia offensive line has any say, do not expect for Clowney to get up close and personal with their quarterback.
Luckily for the Bulldogs, they have several weapons on offense for Murray to rely on returning this season. Receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Michael Bennett (who missed the second half of the 2012 season due to a torn ACL), are both poised to have a strong showing this year. Bennett who became a favorite target for Murray before his injury, proved that he was a threat early and after his recovery is ready to return to the field this season. Before succumbing to his injury, Bennett had already racked up 24 receptions for 345 yards in just five games.
Although he started the season at the cornerback position before stepping in to fill Bennett’s void, Mitchell still walked away last season with a total of 40 receptions and 572 yards. As for their running game, we already know that Georgia has two of the best in the nation in running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Looking back on their numbers from last season, it is fairly easy to predict what they can do combined once again this season.
So, in his final season in the red and black, look for Murray to try and put himself in position to break more records as a passer and to put his name in the SEC record books for good. As for Georgia’s offensive threats, not only could they end their year with notably big numbers, but it could just be enough to get them a SEC Championship and quite possibly a national title to boot.
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Written by Ashley Gulick
Sports Journalism is my passion! I keep up with the latest news on pro/college football, NASCAR and baseball....and just about everthing else. I grew up in Talladega, Ala., but moved to Georgia when I was 15. From a young age, I always knew that I wanted to be involved with sports somehow. Once I got into college and completed my degree in Communications, I knew that I had a passion for sports journalism. I have covered sports for the Kennesaw Sentinel (KSU's student paper), Marietta Daily Journal and Douglas County Sentinel.