published Sunday, August 25th, 2013

2013 College Blitz - UGA between the lines - offense

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    After a breakthrough freshman season in 2012, Todd Gurley is a Heisman contender this year.
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*signifies a returning starter

RB

Starter: *TODD GURLEY, So., 6-1, 232

Backup: KEITH MARSHALL, So., 5-11, 219

Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall erupted last season as freshmen to combine for 2,144 yards and 25 touchdowns. Gurley was the more durable of the two, which is something Marshall has focused on during the offseason, and the best news for Bulldogs fans is that this tandem will be around again in 2014.

Like quarterback, the third-team spot is the only question, and there are several candidates vying here as well. J.J. Green, Brendan Douglas and A.J. Turman are three freshmen seeking that role, with Green having the advantage of going through spring, and there are also walk-ons Brandon Harton and Kyle Karempelis in the mix.

QB

Starter: *AARON MURRAY, R-Sr., 6-1, 208

Backup: HUTSON MASON, R-Jr., 6-3, 202

FB

Starter: QUAYVON HICKS, So., 6-2, 257

Backup: *MERRITT HALL, R-So., 5-11, 226

WR

Starter: MICHAEL BENNETT, R-Jr., 6-3, 205

Backup: RHETT McGOWAN, R.-Sr. 6-0, 180

WR

Starter: *MALCOLM MITCHELL, Jr., 6-1, 190

Backup: RHETT McGOWAN, R.-Sr. 6-0, 180

TE

Starter: *ARTHUR LYNCH, R-Sr., 6-5, 254, Sr.

Backup: JAY ROME, R-So., 6-6, 254

LT

Starter: *KENARIOUS GATES, Sr., 6-5, 327

Backup: MARK BEARD, Jr., 6-5, 300

LG

Starter: *DALLAS LEE, R-Sr., 6-4, 295

Backup: WATTS DANTZLER, Jr., 6-7, 307

C

Starter: *DAVID ANDREWS, Jr., 6-2, 295

Backup: HUNTER LONG, R-So., 6-4, 312

RG

Starter: *CHRIS BURNETTE, R-Sr., 6-2, 314, Sr.

Backup: GREG PYKE, R-Fr., 6-6, 326

RT

Starter: *JOHN THEUS, So., 6-6, 298

Backup: KOLTON HOUSTON, R-Jr., 6-5, 280

BREAKDOWN

Fifth-year senior Aaron Murray is entrenched as the starter after leading the Bulldogs to 22 wins the past two seasons, and redshirt junior Hutson Mason is equally set as the primary backup. Mason sat out last season to allow himself the opportunity to guide the 2014 Bulldogs and has a career stat line of 27-for-47 passing for 356 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. The race for third is the only mystery at QB, with redshirt sophomore Christian LeMay, junior walk-on Parker Welch, redshirt freshman Faton Bauta and early enrollee Brice Ramsey. LeMay is the one with the clock ticking, having completed two career passes, one to a Georgia receiver and the other to a Florida Atlantic defender.

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Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said earlier this month that he wouldn’t trade this group of receivers for any he’s had, though he is quick to point out there is not an A.J. Green talent. Juniors Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Bennett and Chris Conley are the top three, with fifth-year senior Rhett McGowan and redshirt sophomore Justin Scott-Wesley providing experience off the bench.

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The Bulldogs return all five starters from last season with left tackle Kenarious Gates, left guard Dallas Lee, center David Andrews, right guard Chris Burnette and right tackle John Theus. Andrews is certain to start again at center, with Gates a pretty safe pick to return to his spot as well. Theus was challenged by Xzavier Ward in the spring, but now it’s newly eligible Kolton Houston who is working his way into playing time and has practiced some at right tackle with Theus at right guard and Burnette at left guard. Mark Beard is hoping to join Houston in terms of landing decent playing time, as is Watts Dantzler of Dalton, who has practiced everywhere but center.

GEORGIA'S OFFENSIVE AVERAGES in 2012: 37.8 points per game - 467.6 Yards Per Game

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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