They say that you can never have too much depth in college football as injuries can strike at any moment to test how well your backups have been prepared. But for the Georgia Bulldogs, they might be on the verge of having too much depth, particularly at running back, and face an entirely new problem of having too many good tailback to effectively use all of their talents.
Georgia benefited a great deal from their depth in the backfield in 2013. When star sophomores like Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall missed time with injury, freshmen like Brendan Douglas and J.J. Green stepped up and carried the load combining for 702 yards and six touchdowns this season. Gurley was still the leader of the pack, rushing for 903 yards and 10 touchdowns in just nine games of work, but the depth was the key to the Georgia rushing attack this season.
But next season, Mark Richt will have a serious juggling act on his hands. Not only will Gurley and Marshall be back and healthy next fall, the freshmen from this season will be a year older and more experienced with expectations about carries in 2014. Added to that group are two of the top eight running back prospects in the 2014 recruiting class in Sony Michel and Nick Chubb who have already committed to sign with Georgia and come to Athens next season. With all of that talent in the backfield, will there be enough touches to go around?
If Richt can’t keep everyone happy, he risks losing some elite talent out of the backfield to transfers, which will definitely become an issue when Gurley and Marshall leave for the NFL (possibly in the 2015 draft). The coaching staff will try to sell the many talented members of the running back corps on the competition of the whole thing to keep them invested in the program and ready when their number gets called. Will Georgia find a way to keep everyone happy?