Georgia Bulldogs Football Season Preview History
2014 Georgia Football Preview:
2013 saw the end of one of the most successful runs by any quarterback in SEC history. Aaron Murray started 4 seasons for the Bulldogs, recording over 120 touchdowns and throwing for more than 3,000 yards in every season that he played. Despite losing Murray to the NFL Draft, coming into the 2014 season the Bulldogs have every reason to believe they can make the SEC title game, and even the college football playoffs. The reason for this optimism? Todd Gurley. There may not be a more punishing running back in the country, and with an offensive line that boasts 3 upper classmen clearing the way, expect Gurley to have a monster year. Senior quarterback Hutson Mason finally gets his chance to step out of Murray’s shadow and should have the offense mastered. The Dawgs SEC slate doesn’t look as daunting as some other teams and their two key games will be against Florida, and Auburn, both of which are at home. If Mark Richt and company can win those two games, the Bulldogs will have a great chance of winning the SEC East for the 3rd time in 4 years.
2013 Georgia Football Preview:
A 2012 season that saw the Georgia Bulldogs win 12 games and come within yards of upsetting Alabama in the SEC championship has only set the stage for a highly anticipated 2013 campaign. The Bulldogs will kick off their season by traveling to Clemson, and with early home contests against conference foes South Carolina and LSU, Mark Richt’s squad has a chance to make an immediate statement to the college football world. The Bulldogs will return 8 starters on offense, most notably quarterback Aaron Murray and running back Todd Gurley. Murray threw for 3,893 yards to go along with 36 touchdowns while Gurley rushed 1,385 yards and 17 scores. With the high-powered offense and the success of 2012, it will not surprise anyone if the Bulldogs are playing for a national championship by seasons end.
2011 Georgia Football Preview:
It was not a banner year for the Georgia Bulldogs in 2010. Head coach Mark Richt blames a poorly run spring practice, but a lackluster running game, offensive line and toughness allowed the Bulldogs to finish the year under .500 for the first time in Richt’s career in Athens. He hopes to never have that happen again.
If you’re going to look for one positive from 2010, then it has to be the emergence of then-freshman quarterback Aaron Murray. Murray, who threw for 3,049 yards and 24 scores, was even praised by now-Cincinnati Bengal wide-out AJ Green, who believes the sophomore will eventually win the Heisman. He will be helped immensely by a good ground game, and the Dawgs hope that true freshman Isaiah Crowell will make it go. The wide receiver depth is hurt by the loss of Green, but will be bolstered by the veteran presence of juniors Tavarres King and Marlon Brown.
On the other side of the ball, the defensive line was not as sturdy as coaches hoped at the start of the season. However, adding JuCo stud nose guard John Jenkins will help them by allowing DeAngelo Tyson to move to the outside. Strong-side outside linebacker and USC transfer Jarvis Jones will look to bolster the the up-front presence, while corner Brandon Boykin postponed his eventual NFL life to come back to Athens to help his future alma mater, and his UGA career, finish on a strong note.
2010 Georgia Football Preview:
Georgia coach Mark Richt had quite a successful run in his nine years in charge in Athens, but last year was a bit of a disappointment. The Bulldogs finished 8-5 in 2009, which was their worst season under Richt. Thanks to a talented offense, they should be able to challenge Florida for the SEC East crown.
Georgia is home to one of the most explosive wide receivers in the country in junior A.J. Green. The 6-foot-4 pass catcher has the skills to be a dynamic force in offensive coordinator Mike Bobo's scheme, though the question of who will be throwing to him has yet to be answered. There is very little experience at quarterback, and redshirt freshman Aaron Murray appears to be the likely starter when the season begins.
Bulldog fans are expecting improvement on defense after the team ranked near the bottom in most categories last year. Richt fired three of four defensive coaches, and has installed former Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Todd Grantham as defensive coordinator. Senior defensive end Demarcus Dobbs will have to provide leadership for the inexperienced group.
If the coaching changes on defense deliver results, there's no reason to believe that Georgia won't be a staple in the top 10 all year long. If not, fans will be looking at another mediocre result.
2009 Georgia Football Preview:
Head Coach: Mark Richt
The 2009 Georgia Bulldogs will be looking to surprise some teams coming into the season. Head Coach Mark Richt lost a few of his star players on offense, including star QB Matthew Stafford, but still returns a ton of talent to Athens. If one of the Bulldogs QB prospects steps up and Caleb King comes on strong at the running back position, then things will be looking up quickly for the Dawgs. Richt has molded Georgia into a perennial SEC power, so there is no reason to believe that the 2009 season will be any different. Expect Georgia to be one of the top teams in the country and if things go right they could be in the hunt for the National Championship in late November.
2008 Georgia Football Preview:
Head Coach: Mark Richt
The Georgia Bulldogs take to the field this season, already armed with the ammunition necessary to win a national title. Head Coach Mark Richt and the team are ready to tear the hide off any contender who gets in their way. With 16 returning starters and 45 returning letter winners, the 2008 Georgia Bulldogs are as big as they get. Watch out for sophomore Knowshon Moreno, who turned heads in 2007 with 1,334 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns. Moreno was elected SEC freshman of the year in 2007, and he's not ready to let go of the buzz just yet.
The Bulldogs will have some contention to deal with, however, playing a tough schedule against football giants including: Tennessee, Central Michigan, Arizona State, and LSU. The team will have to keep their pace through the middle of the season to guarantee a solid finish. Come out in 2008 and cheer on the Bulldogs all the way to a national championship!