We all know how important a good defense is in the rugged SEC. Georgia lost many starters on D including Alec Ogletree, Jarvis Jones, and Bacarri Rambo. They lost a lot of talent from one of the most talented defensive groups in the country. Georgia also loses a lot of big bodies on the Defensive Line. Can Georgia bounce back and field a great D in 2013?
Fortunately, Georgia always recruits well and has good depth. This unit will certainly not be as big, but could be more athletic as some of the Georgia coaches seem to think. This area will decide how far Georgia will go in 2013.
2. Offensive Line
Of course, you got to have an O-line to protect your QB and open holes for your RB. Its very hard to do when you're playing teams like Alabama, Florida, LSU, and South Carolina who has somebody named Jadeveon Clowney.
The young O-line did fairly well last season as many coaches were afraid that it was going to be a long year. This group never was dominant. It certainly carried us to Atlanta, but this group needs to get much better.
I believe Georgia's young O-line will be better in 2013 and hopefully that will translate to rings. Think of Alabama. They have a very strong Offensive Line every year and where has that gotten them. 3 Titles in 4 years. Enough said.
3. RB Depth
Todd Gurley is a stud. He just needs to do what he does. But Georgia needs solid play from its backups especially if Todd Gurley were to get injured.
Keith Marshall has world class speed, but he is not very strong or can break tackles like Gurley. I think Marshall will be improved and will have to be because no SEC RB can do it all.
Freshman A.J. Turman needs to be ready to play this fall and hopefully be a good strong back who can take the hits in the SEC. Maybe even Kyle Karempalous will get some playing time in 2013 after a solid G-Day game.
4. Special Teams
Ok, Collin Barber had a great 2012 Freshman campaign. He is solid. Marshall Morgan's developement is what I worry about. I am not even going to mention a Special Teams Coach. Hopefully, he will play slower and concentrate and make his kicks.
I am encouraged how our special teams defense was, but it can't slow down. The Georgia return game needs to get better. Than again you don't always have a Brandon Boykin.
5. Aaron Murray's Consistency
Murray had a great game against Bama in Atlanta. Several yards from the BCS Title. Can't ask much more. He did play poorly in many big games against the like of Florida and South Carolina. The defense made up for it in most games, but it won't be our strength in 2013.
Georgia will lean on its offense led by QB Aaron Murray. Aaron, its on you. Georgia will only go as far as you carry them.