I wrote up the preview for the Georgia Bulldogs for The Student Section. Our collaborative effort ranked the Dawgs #9 for the upcoming season.
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In 2012, Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said Georgia played “old man football.” Georgia went on to beat Missouri and proclaimed its style of play “grown man football.” No matter what style it is called, the offense has been very good for Georgia over the last several years.
Since 2011, Georgia has annually placed in the top four in the SEC in total offense, and in the top five in scoring offense. At the end of 2013, four-year starter Aaron Murray gave way to fifth-year senior Hutson Mason at quarterback. Mason had his ups and downs, but at the end of the day, the Dawgs led the league in scoring. Now it’s time for a new QB, and the man that has led the Georgia offense (Mike Bobo) is now the head coach at Colorado State.
Brian Schottenheimer brings an NFL background to the Georgia offense. He won’t try to reinvent the wheel at Georgia, but he will bring his own flavor to the Dawgs’ style of play. Schottenheimer must choose between strong-armed Brice Ramsey, the versatile Faton Bauta, and the experienced Greyson Lambert as his new signal caller. The odds are that Ramsey will win the job, but it probably won’t be decided until week two of the season.
With a new quarterback, Georgia will rely on running the football and on its newfound success on defense. Last year Georgia lost Todd Gurley, but Nick Chubb stepped up and promptly became one of the best running backs in the country. Chubb returns and he will be the man, but he has a strong supporting cast behind him. Fellow rising sophomore Sony Michel is a star in the making. Injuries slowed him down in 2014, but he showed that he can be the lightning to Chubb’s thunder. Georgia also has a returning Keith Marshall, a bruiser in Brendan Douglas, and an up-and-comer in A.J. Turman. With an embarrassing amount of talent in the backfield, Georgia will run first and ask questions later.
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