2011 Record: 10-4 (7-1 in SEC)
Head Coach: Mark Richt
Last Bowl Game: 2011 Outback Bowl: lost to Michigan State 30-33
Returning Starters: (Offense: 7; Defense: 9)
Key Offensive Returnees: QB Aaron Murray (35 TD, 14 INT), WR Tavarres King (46 rec, 8 TD), WR/DB Malcolm Mitchell (45 rec, 4 TD), WR Michael Bennett (32 rec, 5 TD)
Key Defensive Returnees: OLB Jarvis Jones (70 tackles, 13.5 sacks), S Bacarri Rambo (55 tackles, 8 INT), Alec Ogletree (52 tackles, 3 sacks in 8 games), S Shawn Williams (72 tackles, 4 INT), LB Michael Gilliard (65 tackles, 2 sacks), CB Sanders Commings (55 tackles), NT John Jenkins (28 tackles, 3 sacks), CB Branden Smith (24 tackles, 2 INT), LB Christian Robinson (47 tackles), LB Amarlo Herrera (37 tackles), DE/OLB Cornelius Washington (5 sacks)
Top Recruits: RB Keith Marshall, OT John Theus, OLB/DB Josh Harvey-Clemons, LB Jordan Jenkins, DT Johnathan Taylor, CB Sheldon Dawson, RB Todd Gurley
Last year, the Bulldogs ranked 2nd in the SEC in passing yardage with 224.5 per game. Nationally, they ranked 48th in the nation, and quarterback Aaron Murray is entering his third season. One of his favorite targets, tight end Orson Charles, left for the NFL and Malcolm Mitchell could play less on offense and more on defense this year. Murray still has a guaranteed weapon in senior receiver Tavarres King, who had 47 receptions for 705 yards. King should be a leader on this offense this year.
The running backs were inconsistent last season. The dismissal of Isaiah Crowell doesn’t make the situation better. However, there are other options. Both freshmen Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley have impressed so far. Sophomore Ken Malcome likely will start the opener with Richard Samuel playing fullback.
Blocking is the weakness of this offensive unit. Three seniors from last year were lost. Freshman John Theus is expected to step in and contribute, and veteran linemen Kenarious Gates and Kolton Huston return.
Georgia’s defense complemented the offense in 2011. This unit ranked fourth in the SEC in scoring defense and third in total defense, while intercepting a league-best 20 passes.
Jarvis Jones, one of the nation’s best playmakers, was named to the All-SEC First Team, and All-American First Team after logging 70 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, and 13.5 sacks last year. He’ll return and hope to cement himself as a top-tier NFL prospect.
Safety Barcarri Rambo was a game-changer in the secondary. He had a conference-best 8 interceptions. The Bulldogs won’t have him for the first four games due to a suspension. Rambo is the team’s best playmaker on defense.
Sept. 1 – North Carolina State (@Atlanta, GA)
Sept. 8 – Georgia State
Sept. 15 – Florida
Sept. 22 – Akron
Sept. 29 – at Georgia
Oct. 13 – at Mississippi State
Oct. 20 – Alabama
Oct. 27 – at South Carolina
Nov. 3 – Troy
Nov. 10 – Missouri
Nov. 17 – at Vanderbilt
Nov. 24 – Kentucky
2012 Prediction: 6-6
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