The Georgia Bulldogs got the new year underway with a big bang. The 'Dogs got it rolling on offense and laid a 45 spot on Nebraska. Once Aaron Murray got going, Bobo's balanced offense looked impressive. Gurley was tough to handle. Marshall made some plays. That RB combination is something special.
Tavarres King made the big play. Cornhuskers had just slapped Murray with a "Pick 6" to take a 14-9 lead. Murray's start included 2 interceptions. The Nebraska crowd was going nuts. And that's when TK made the big play. Murray deep ball was a little underthrown, but King was textbook. He slowed in full gallop. That kept the DB off him. Extended his arms at the last second and snagged it. Shook off the weak attempt at a tackle and sprinted to the end zone. Murray settled in, after that.
Aaron was MVP impressive, despite the slow start. And that tells NFL scouts something about him. He's mentally tough. And he can make all the throws.
If he bolts for the NFL, the 'Dogs appear to be in good shape on offense. Everyone returns, except Tavarres King and Murray. Hutson Mason takes over at QB and is polished in the passing game. King will be missed, but the Georgia WR position group is deep. Conley is big-time. Scott-Wesley is a playmaker. Bennett's back. And Malcolm Mitchell will be the go-to WR.
In 2013, the 'Dogs offense needs to lead the way. Grantham's got some work to do on defense. rebuild the D-Line. Put together a secondary. that may take some extra time.
My best guess says that Murray moves on. The timing appears right. His competition (Matt Barkley, Tyler Wilson and Geno Smith) is beatable. Not much left to accomplish at Georgia. Probably ready for a new challenge. We'll know next week, he says.
Right now, Coach Richt needs to jump on this D-Line coaching search. Need an impressive coach to introduce to these top DL recruits in a few days. Giff Smith looks like a good fit. The Bills just cut him loose. This is an important hire.
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