Georgia Bulldogs No. 1 Priority, Get a Backup Ready for Aaron Murray

By M. Shannon Smallwood
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Well, it has been quite a 90-day run for the Georgia Bulldogs.

They were five yards from an SEC Championship and a spot in the BCS Title Game, a big Capital One Bowl win, and saw the return of their on-the-field leader Aaron Murray and, despite what Georgia fans think, put together one of the best Recruiting Classes in the nation.

And that doesn’t even cover the loss of Rodney Garner and the exploration of Todd Grantham.

But with things somewhat settled in Athens, Georgia right now, there is no time for the Bulldogs to rest or get complacent. With one of the toughest schedules in all of College Football looming in six months, its time to get to down to business. Cause no matter what the schedule looks like on paper right now, Georgia has everything it takes to win it all in 2013.

And even if the football gods shine on the Dawgs with a healthy Murray who makes a claim at a Heisman Trophy and a title, Mark Richt needs to use this time and the Red and Black Spring Game to plan for the worst. Yes, Georgia needs to make sure Hutson Mason or one of the other five quarterbacks are ready to go in case the unthinkable happens.

At this point, Mason would be the front-runner. But when you look at the stats and potential of the other who are auditioning for the starting job for sure in 2014, it looks like quite a stellar class.

But Georgia needs to be worried about 2013, and who has the moxie to lead the Bulldogs to victory in case Murray can’t go.

And that is something worth keeping track of and watching over the next few months.


M Shannon Smallwood is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.

Follow him @woodysmalls.

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