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Georgia Football: 5 Questions Entering the Season

Georgia Football: Five Questions Entering the Season
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The Georgia Bulldogs have title hopes for 2014. After the disappointment that was 2013, they are looking to rebound in a big way. They have a legitimate shot to compete for the SEC Championship and get to the playoffs, but there are still concerns. Here are the five most important questions they need to answer as the season begins.

5. Is Hutson Mason the Real Deal?

Hutson Mason, Georgia Bulldogs QB
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5. Is Hutson Mason the Real Deal?

Hutson Mason, Georgia Bulldogs QB
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Hutson Mason is a good quarterback and good person. That much we've known for years and got to see on the field late in 2013. What we don't know is if he can be great. Can he lead the Bulldogs to the Dome? Is he mentally tough enough to win the big games? Only time will tell, but if Georgia hopes to compete they need this answered.

4. Will Revamped Offensive Line Hold Up?

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4. Will Revamped Offensive Line Hold Up?

David Andrews, Georgia Bulldogs Center
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The Bulldogs' O-line has been solid. They have not been great up front in recent years due to injuries and attrition. Depth has long been a concern, but those problems seem to be a thing of the past. They have depth along the line now, but they still don't seem to be great. With three new starters, it will be interesting to see if they hold up. Guys like John Theus and David Andrews need to step up in 2014.

3. Will Outside Playmaker Emerge?

Justin Scott-Wesley, Georgia Bulldogs WR
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3. Will Outside Playmaker Emerge?

Justin Scott-Wesley, Georgia Bulldogs WR
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Injuries decimated the Bulldogs receiving corps a year ago. It seems that will carry over into 2014 as top big play threats Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley are questionable to start the season. Chris Conley and Michael Bennett are as good as they come, but Georgia's offense changed drastically when the first two guys went down. The Bulldogs need to find a playmaker to stretch the field, giving room for the rest of the offense to work.

2. Can Todd Gurley Stay Healthy?

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2. Can Todd Gurley Stay Healthy?

Todd Gurley, Georgia Bulldogs RB
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The key to the Bulldogs' season is without a doubt the health of Todd Gurley. They need him to play every game and live up to his potential. Sure, they have an absolute stable of running backs to carry the ball, but no one brings to the game what Gurley can offer. He is a legitimate Heisman contender, and the Bulldogs need him to turn in the kind of season that gets him to New York. For that to happen he needs to stay healthy.

1. Will Jeremy Pruitt Find Right Players in Secondary?

Damian Swann, Georgia Bulldogs CB
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1. Will Jeremy Pruitt Find Right Players in Secondary?

Damian Swann, Georgia Bulldogs CB
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The biggest question is whether or not new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt can find guys to play in the secondary. He's on record as saying right now he has one guy, Damian Swann, ready to play "championship football." Georgia's secondary, with loads of talent, struggled mightily in 2013. They are much thinner this season, so Pruitt will need to earn his paycheck and find the guys who can keep other team's passing games in check.