It's time to get back on the Georgia Bulldogs bandwagon and take a look at the 10 most important players for Georgia this year. Let's not confuse this with their 10 best players, although sometimes the lines will get crossed.
#1 Aaron Murray, QB, RS Soph
I had Murray at #2 when I first put this down on paper but the more I think about it the more I think it would be too much of a blow if Georgia were to lose to Murray. Sure, Hutson Mason or Christian LeMay might step up but neither has taken any meaningful college snaps and LeMay didn't even play during his senior year in High School. Murray is the man that will dictate how far this Georgia team goes on offense this year. I think the ceiling is high for this club but only if the pieces come together under his leadership.
# 2 John Jenkins, NT, Junior (JUCO)
Jenkins wasn't even on the team last year and won't even show up on campus until summer but he's #2 in my book because of the importance of the Nose Tackle position in the 3-4 defense and the huge hole Georgia had on the DL last year. Georgia lost to South Carolina, Mississippi State and Colorado because they couldn't stop the run last year. I'm not saying they win all of those games with a better DL but they could have. Jenkins has the ability to make an immediate impact in the middle of the defense and will also make the DL better by sliding DeAngelo Tyson out to DE where he can be more effective. Jenkins ability to anchor the Georgia defense will be key this season for the Dawgs.
#3 Jarvis Jones, SOLB, RS Soph
Jarvis Jones was starting to make an impact with the USC Trojans two years ago when he went down with a season ending injury. He ended up transferring back home to the University of Georgia and after sitting out last year to fully heal he is poised to become an impact player for the Dawgs. Jones will be tasked in replacing a lot of the production left from Justin Houston's early exit to the NFL draft despite not playing the same exact position (Houston was a weak-side OLB, Jones will be a strong-side). Jones presents an upgrade over Houston in the majority of LB categories. Houston was a fantastic player for Georgia but was moved from DE to OLB last year in the 3-4 and was much better at rushing the passer then at other areas. Jones presents a more complete skill set and has the ability to be a star. His ability to adjust to Grantham's 3-4 and become a play maker will be critical for the success for the Georgia defense.