Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Countdown to SEC kickoff: 9 days
By Chris Low
One of the great equalizers on offense is being able to strike quickly. Georgia had that capability last season and should again in 2013.
If you're going to beat the Bulldogs this season, you had better be prepared to score a lot of points. What makes them even more dangerous is that they have players all over the field who are capable of scoring from long distance.
The number to ponder today in our countdown: 15.
Georgia coach Mark Richt said the Bulldogs had as many big plays on offense last season as he can ever remember, especially in the running game. "It's amazing how many long runs we had," Richt said. "I was wondering if we could ever get a long run in our league again after a while, but those guys did a great job." The best news for Georgia fans is that "those guys" are back. The Bulldogs had 15 offensive touchdowns of 30 yards or longer last season by players who are returning. Sophomore running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for seven of those scoring plays. Of those seven, six were 50 yards or longer. Their ability to break long runs makes Georgia's offense all the more lethal, particularly with a fifth-year senior quarterback such as Aaron Murray, who has thrown 35 or more touchdown passes in each of the last two seasons. But Murray also has a couple of big-play receivers returning. Michael Bennett is coming back from an ACL tear, and Malcolm Mitchell was the Dawgs' top deep threat last season. Throw in Chris Conley and that's three returning receivers who combined for seven touchdown receptions of 30 yards or longer a year ago. Senior tight end Arthur Lynch also had a 36-yard touchdown catch. For the record, Alabama had 13 offensive touchdowns of 30 yards or longer last season from players who are back for the 2013 season. So don't blink when either one of those teams has the ball this fall.