Three Burning Questions for Georgia's Spring Game
The Bulldogs will have a new man under center following the departure of quarterback Aaron Murray, and there's plenty of intrigue surrounding his replacement.
Georgia also has a new defensive coordinator in Jeremy Pruitt, who spent last season helping lead Florida State to its first national championship since 1999.
So there are certainly a lot of question marks for the Bulldogs this spring, and hopefully we'll get a better idea of how things are going to shape up on this roster when the team plays its annual G-Day spring game on Saturday.
Let's focus in on three burning questions heading into Saturday's game.
1. Can Hutson Mason make the quarterback transition a smooth one?
Barring injury, Mason is going to be the guy at quarterback for the Bulldogs, and fans will get their first glimpse of him in the starter role this weekend. No one should expect the junior to come right in and equal Murray, who passed for over 3,000 yards in each of his four seasons at Georgia. However, Richt and his staff are hoping that Mason can take care of the football and at least make the transition somewhat manageable.
The good news for Mason is that he'll have a ton of weapons around him. He will have players like Todd Gurley, Jonathan Rumph, and Chris Conley to throw to, which could make this offense extremely dangerous if Mason continues to progress throughout the spring and summer.
2. How improved will the defense be under Pruitt?
It's too early to jump to conclusions in terms of how good this defense will be, but the potential is there for this to be one of the best in the league. That's a big step forward considering the struggles that it experienced last season. That's why the exit of Todd Grantham to Louisville was probably best for all parties involved.
Don't expect the defense to be flawless in the spring game, though. The players are still learning Pruitt's ways, and there's still a ways to go before this unit reaches its potential. But with Ramik Wilson (the SEC's leading tackler in 2013) returning to lead the way, the sky is the limit.
3. Can Marshall Morgan continue his excellent spring?
Rarely is a kicker in the spotlight during a spring game, but Richt has given Morgan plenty of praise this off-season. It's not like the junior kicker came out of nowhere, as he did earn first team All-SEC honors last season. However, he's clearly improved quite a bit this spring.
With all of the weapons on offense, you would expect Georgia to be in positions to score on a regular basis if Mason is effective at quarterback. That means Morgan has the potential for yet another phenomenal season on special teams.
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