Mark Richt's 4 Worst Nightmares for 2013
1. Todd Gurley Has a Season-Ending Injury
Todd Gurley was certainly Georgia's best newcomer in 2012. He won All-SEC as a true-freshman RB. He rushed for 1,385 yards and 17 Touchdowns. He was limited in his stats only because fellow Frosh RB Keith Marshall rushed for another 759 yards. Gurley will be an All-America Candidate and maybe the best RB in the SEC in 2013. He certainly makes Georgia's offense even more lethal by taking some pressure off QB Aaron Murray, slinging the ball around all day. Georgia's high-powered offense will rely on Gurley heavily in 2013 to bring even more balance to what should be one of the best offenses in the nation.
2. Georgia's Pass Rush Is Non-existant
Georgia certainly lost a lot of talent on Defense to the NFL including OLB Jarvis Jones and ILB Alec Ogletree. Georgia had a great pass rush in 2012 and forced multiple turnovers. I am sure it was also easier for Jarvis and Crew because they had a massive D-line with NFLers John Jenkins, Kwame Geathers, and Abry Jones. For Georgia to have a great 2013, guys like Jordan Jenkins, Amarlo Herrera, and Ramik Wilson will have to bring the heat on opposing QB's. Coaches and players have said that Georgia's defense will be smaller but more athletic. If the Bulldogs bring a solid pass rush in 2013, it bodes well for Georgia's BCS chances in 2013.
3. Georgia Loses to South Carolina; Cocks Go Undefeated
Mark Richt and Georgia Need to Beat South Carolina. The Ole Ball Coach, Steve Spurrier, has beaten and gotten under Georgia's skin over the years with his very successful head coaching stints at Florida and now South Carolina. His South Carolina Gamecocks have beaten Georgia three straight times. It always seems though that Carolina brings their A-game for Georgia and finds a way to lose later in the season and fizzle out. Georgia has reached the SEC Championship Game for 2 straight seasons even while losing to the Gamecocks. South Carolina's schedule is certainly pretty easy as SEC schedules go but it is still not a cupcake. Georgia has a tough slate in 2013 including SEC games against LSU and Florida, and the Bulldogs have little margin for error. If South Carolina beats Georgia and some how find away to lose in the latter part of the season, they will still hold the tie-breaker over UGA.
4. Georgia's Secondary Is Porous
Georgia certainly had a lot of talent at Defensive Back. From FS Bacarri Rambo and SS Shawn Williams to CB Sanders Commings, these great player were all taken in the recent NFL Draft(CB Branden Smith wasn't drafted). Georgia needs to rebuild its secondary as it only returning starter is CB Damian Swann.
Georgia faced this well in the 2013 Signing Class as they signed multiple players at Corner and Safety including S Tray Matthews, CB Shaquille Wiggins, and CB Reggie Wilkerson.
Tray Matthews enrolled early and has really impressed both UGA coaches and fellow players. It seems like he will get a starting job by the time September rolls around.
Sophmore LB/S Josh Harvey-Clemons has further impressed coaches as he won the Defensive MVP in spring practice. Georgia still has questions at Corner, and they need to have a good secondary to survive against some of the pass-happy teams that they play.