The 2013 season has been one of disappointment for the Georgia Bulldogs. Entering the season as a Top 10 team and appearing to be on the verge of a breakthrough, Georgia has suffered through more than its share of significant injuries in 2013.
Running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, expected to be a dynamic duo out of the backfield this year, have both missed time with injuries. Marshall is out for the season, while Gurley has now returned to the lineup.
At wide receiver, Malcolm Mitchell, Justin Scott-Wesley and Michael Bennett are among the players that have missed time, which has hampered the offense at certain points in the season.
There are two bits of good news for Georgia. One is that quarterback Aaron Murray has remained free of injury and is playing at a high level again this season. The second bit of good news is that Gurley and Bennett have now returned to the lineup, and it appears that Georgia may be turning the corner on the injury bug.
And it could not come at a better time, as Georgia faces a tough road game on Saturday against the Auburn Tigers. Auburn comes into the game ranked seventh in the country, and still controls its own destiny in the Southeastern Conference‘s Western Division. Auburn is 9-1 on the season and 5-1 in the conference with two games remaining. Georgia would love the chance to ruin any Auburn hopes of a conference title.
Georgia is also not out of the race in the SEC East. The Bulldogs sit behind the 5-1 Missouri Tigers and the 5-2 South Carolina Gamecocks. However, Georgia has already beaten South Carolina. If Missouri were to stumble twice down the stretch, the Bulldogs could pull out an improbable division championship.
For now, Georgia is focused on the task at hand, and that’s this week’s game against Auburn.
Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.