Hope and concern: Georgia

June, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Biggest reason for hope: Strength and versatility up front

Quarterback Matthew Stafford is gone. So is running back Knowshon Moreno and receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. All three will be playing in the NFL next season. So while the Bulldogs will be ripe with fresh faces at the skill positions, their strength will be up front in the offensive line. That's right, the same group that had to mix and match a year ago just to stay afloat after all the injuries. This coming season, it should be a group Georgia will be able to lean on. There's depth, experience and versatility. Trinton Sturdivant returns at left tackle after missing all of last season with a knee injury, but All-SEC selection Clint Boling was more than steady there a year ago after moving over from right tackle and then right guard. Right tackle Justin Anderson, left guard Cordy Glenn and center Ben Jones are all back after earning Freshman All-America mention last season.

Biggest reason for concern: A killer schedule

Coaches will tell you they worry only about those things they can control and don't spend much time fretting about things out of their control. But have you taken a peek recently at the Bulldogs' schedule next season? It's as difficult, if not more so, than their schedule last season. The first five games will tell us all we need to know about these Bulldogs, and there are still trips to Tennessee and Georgia Tech after that, not to mention the annual clash with Florida in Jacksonville. Georgia opens the season at Oklahoma State, comes back home to face South Carolina and then travels to Arkansas the third week. Arizona State visits Athens on Sept. 26 and followed by LSU on Oct. 3. The Bulldogs need to find a way to go at least 4-1 in that season-opening stretch if they're going to win 10 or more games for the seventh time in nine years under Mark Richt.

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