The Georgia Bulldogs were this close to beating the Alabama Crimson Tide and playing against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the BCS National Championship this year. Had Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray skipped his senior season to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft, Georgia would likely have fallen out of the top 10, but he chose to return for his senior season and that means the Bulldogs are on a mission.
Murray is a prototype quarterback and he’ll likely be a top 10 pick in 2014, but he apparently has unfinished business before then. Murray and his offense came up five yards short in the SEC Championship game against Alabama, which means they can play with the big boys. The Crimson Tide gets quarterback AJ McCarron back as well for 2013, so there could very likely be a rematch in the conference title game.
The concern for Georgia is its defense, which loses six starters this off-season, so the Bulldogs will rely even more heavily on their offense in 2013, which is why Murray’s return is so critical to their success. Georgia still has All-America-caliber running back Todd Gurley, receiver Malcolm Mitchell and all five starters on the offensive linen to protect Murray.
With this crew, Georgia could have one of the top offenses in the country next year and if Mark Richt can get his defense to play well early, the Bulldogs might get over the hump this season. Again, they were so close this past year and it will basically be a heavyweight rematch again in 2013 with the big dogs of the SEC. However, Murray didn’t come back just for an education.