“Gurley is a strong back. I didn’t realize how fast he was until I saw him on film,” Williams said. “The North Carolina guys (on the team) are telling me he’s a track star. I saw in the Florida game he bounced it out and almost outran the whole team.“Marshall is straight-line fast. We have to make him go sideline-to-sideline. Gurley, you have to hit him before he gets his momentum going. He gets his momentum going and he’s hard to stop because he’s hard to stop.”A Tigers’ starting d-line made up of all seasoned upperclassmen meets a Georgia o-line with all five starters returning.
“It’s veteran group going on veteran group,” said Williams. “They have everybody on their offensive line back…It’s mano-a-mano – let it ride.”
No. 5:Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia, Sr.Making the case for Murray: From the time he took over the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback duties as a redshirt freshman in 2010, Murray has been incredibly productive. He has a chance to join Oklahoma’s Landry Jones and Boise State’s Kellen Moore as the only quarterbacks in FBS history to pass for 3,000 yards in four consecutive seasons. Over his past two seasons, Murray has thrown 71 touchdown passes. He needs just 20 touchdown passes this season to surpass Florida’s Danny Wuerffel as the SEC’s career leader in touchdown passes. Wuerffel threw 114 touchdown passes from 1993-96. What’s missing on Murray’s resume is an SEC championship, even though he put Georgia in position to win one last season in the heartbreaking 32-28 loss to Alabama in the SEC championship game. He’s quarterbacked the Bulldogs to the SEC championship game each of the past two seasons, and a big reason he came back for his senior season was to finish the job. Murray’s been extremely durable, and his toughness is unquestioned. He’s made 41 career starts, and regardless of whether or not he gets that coveted SEC championship ring this season, he’ll go down as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in league history.
Despite top recruiting classes and putting numerous players in the NFL year after year, Georgia has yet to win a national championship in the BCS era. In fact, Georgia has more players ranked in the NFL’s top 100 than any other SEC team. That’s altogether impressive and frustrating. But this could be Mark Richt’s best chance yet. Georgia boasts arguably the most explosive offense in the country, and they’re talented, but inexperienced, on defense. Every year we ask ourselves whether this will be UGA’s year. The Dawgs were five painful yards away in 2012.
2. Mr. Murray
‘Can’t win the big one’ has unfairly been Aaron Murray’s tagline over the years. He’s 4-10 against ranked opponents, but it’s not all his fault. Murray will rewrite the Georgia and SEC record book for passing stats, and the only thing he lacks is a championship. That’s why he returned for his senior season, not for a Heisman Trophy. He can put to bed all the naysayers in 2013, along with becoming one of the top quarterbacks to ever filter through the golden age of the SEC.
One of the biggest subplots to watch unfold for 2013 is the Bulldogs’ young defense. With only three returning starters in DE Garrison Smith, LB Amarlo Herrera and CB Damian Swann, there’s no big-named players and no egos. I happen to think this group can perform just as well or better as last season’s NFL-filled defense. Remember, UGA finished 12th in the SEC in run defense. Hard to believe isn’t it? To win championships that can’t happen, but I remain in the minority thinking this inexperienced unit can gel well enough to make a serious championship run.
“We may sub more than we have in a while because I think we’ve got some guys that have earned the right to play and gained some confidence,” said coach Mark Richt, who returns all five starters on the line.It’s the right side of the line in particular where offensive line coach Will Friend has options.
Senior Chris Burnette is a returning starter but said on Monday that he’s “maybe about 80 percent” coming off offseason shoulder surgery.
The return of Kolton Houston, now eligible after a three-year fight with the NCAA after testing positive for an anabolic steroid, has allowed Friend to line up both returning starter John Theus at right tackle and Houston.
Theus can go in for Burnette at right guard when Houston is at tackle. The players have shared work in practice.
“I definitely feel like we’re more comfortable with that now than we have any time in the past,” Burnette said. “We have a solid group and corps of guys who can definitely contribute and do a good job.”
Due to visiting team ticket returns, a limited number of tickets to the home football game vs. Missouri on October 12 are on sale to the general public. Tickets are $75 each and can be purchased online or by calling the Athletic Association ticket office 1-877-542-1231.All tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis with Hartman Fund donors receiving priority on assignments and all remaining orders filled in the order they are received. All ticket orders filled will be mailed by the week of September 2.
2. Georgia (Last year: 12-2; beat Nebraska in Capital One Bowl) What happened last season? If only Chris Conley had been a few yards further, Georgia would have been playing in the BCS championship game. Still, 12-2 and a January bowl win aren’t too shabby. Despite getting blasted by South Carolina midway through the season, UGA still won the East division for the second year in a row.So why are they ranked here?
The Bulldogs’ offense returns so many key players, including seventh-year senior quarterbackAaron Murray and running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. But conversely, it’s the defense that loses just about everyone. There’s plenty of talent on that side of the ball and Todd Grantham is considered one of the best in the business at defense coordinator, but there’s enough turnover to cost the Bulldogs the top spot in the East.Anything else?
Georgia is the media’s favorite to win the SEC East this year, but the month of September could get the Bulldogs off to a slow start. Georgia faces four tough opponents to start the season: Clemson, South Carolina, North Texas* and LSU.[College Football Talk]
SEC championship for the Dawgs?
Why they will
1. Balanced offense: It is explosive. The Bulldogs can hit you any way possible on offense. Aaron Murray can throw it all over the yard, and the running game can carry the load if the passing game isn’t. Murray’s arsenal of wide receivers has depth, talent and big-play ability, and the seasoned O-line returns all five starters. Let’s face it – the offense will have to carry this year’s team, regardless of whether the inexperienced defense can gel as a unit. Guarded optimism remains for one of college football’s premier offenses.
2. Gurley/Marshall: The most formidable running back duo in college football is ready to have a dynamic season. These two are arguably more important than Aaron Murray. Historically, passing teams struggle to get off to a quick start, but UGA has the horses to run right through Clemson. The duo combined for 2,144 yards and 25 TDs, and they return to give their sophomore encore. Marshall should get more touches this season, helping to keep Gurley fresh for the stretch run.But don’t call them Gurshall.
3. Manageable schedule: After Clemson, Georgia has a favorable slate. Yeah, I know South Carolina has owned the last three years, but it comes back to Athens this year. Auburn and LSU are both very beatable, and the Dawgs have the current upper hand against the Gators. The biggest fear about the schedule is Clemson, not because they are Clemson, but because Georgia has struggled recently in big-game openers – think Boise State, Oklahoma State, etc. If UGA beats Clemson – and they should – momentum will become an asset.
A group of 10 former NFL players have filed a lawsuit that demands the league and it’s production group to pay for using footage of them. Five of the men are Hall of Famers.On Tuesday the group – that includes Curley Culp and John Riggins – filed a class-action suit in U.S. District Court in New Jersey in an attempt to reclaim payment for the use of their names, images and likenesses. They claim the footage used on NFL Network and to promote the league was used without the ex-players’ consent. Fellow Hall of Famers Dave Casper, Tom Mack and Ron Yary are also involved.
The 81-page filing was obtained by the Associated Press and the following excerpt sums up the complaint:
“NFL Films has never obtained authorization from retired players to use their images to be, as NFL Films puts it, the ‘backbone’ of the NFL Network. NFL Films’ conduct goes far beyond simply use of images without consent. It continues to this day to strike licensing business deals, in New Jersey, affirmatively, and falsely, misrepresenting that it has obtained all former players’ consent to appear in its promotional materials. The NFL does likewise.”
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