Mark Richt’s club may have the best skill player in the country in Todd Gurley, and that is enough to get the Bulldogs some momentum on its own. The rising junior tailback is one of the top Heisman candidates as the season opens, and with little in the way of actual competition for carries, he could almost singlehandedly propel the Georgia offense to excellence. Of course, UGA will certainly need a quarterback, and Hutson Mason takes over for four-year starter Aaron Murray.
Mason got some extremely valuable snaps after Murray exited with a knee injury last season, and the local product has a nice pedigree. Fortunately, he won’t be called upon to put up gaudy numbers, and with a veteran offensive line and a nice stable of wide receivers (even with a recent injury to Malcolm Mitchell), he’ll have every opportunity to succeed.
Defensively, Georgia is loaded as always, but there are more spots to worry about after some off-season defections from the program. Still, former Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has plenty of talent to mold in his first season, and Georgia has been famous for underachieving in recent seasons. Here’s a bet for Pruitt to turn things around on that end and have the Bulldogs in the SEC Title race throughout the year.
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