By Brandon Daniel @Brandon_Rant on August 25, 2014
The 2014 season is upon the Georgia Bulldogs and there are plenty of reasons for optimism. Georgia is loaded with talent, experience and the coaching staff is as good as it has been during the Mark Richt era. If they Bulldogs can remain relatively healthy throughout the season, big things could be in store for the team and their fans. Here are five reasons why fans should be excited as the new season kicks off.
The Bulldogs have always had talent under Richt along the line, but one of the biggest problems in the last five seasons is a lack of depth. Due to a serious run of bad luck with injuries and attrition, the Bulldogs have struggled to maintain the depth necessary to compete in the SEC. The problem finally seems solved as the Bulldogs will have enough to rotate up front, keeping guys fresh and increasing competition at all five positions.
Georgia has possibly the deepest and most talented wide receiver unit in the nation. It begins with mainstays like Chris Conley and Michael Bennett. Those guys are tough, experienced and are tremendous leaders on the field. If big play threats Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley can bounce back from injury, those top four are as good as any in the country. With other talented guys behind them, Mason will have plenty of guys to throw to.
D.J. Shockley will live in Bulldog lore forever, and this season creates the same stir for Georgia fans. Hutson Mason gets his shot after proving his loyalty to fans and teammates over the last four years. He will try to do what Shockley did in 2005, leading the Bulldogs to an SEC Championship. Adding to the excitement is he is the first quarterback from the state of Georgia since Joe Terishinski III in 2006. Mason will be fun to watch in 2014.
The Bulldogs have had some of the most talented defenses in the nation the last several years that have never lived up to the hype surrounding them. Insert Jeremy Pruitt and all of a sudden the outlook has changed for Georgia fans. What was a liability and constant prayer for fans is now a reason for optimism. Pruitt has said all the right things this offseason. His reputation and resume should leave fans as excited as ever for the defense.
Guys like Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, A.J. Green and Aaron Murray have been on the "watch" list for the Heisman recently. Todd Gurley is a favorite. The uber-talented back is healthy again and is the first real shot the Bulldogs have at a Heisman winner in a very long time. The Bullodgs' season rests on the shoulders and legs of Gurley. If he stays healthy and plays as expected, Georgia fans will witness a season to remember in 2014.
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