Season Report Card: Georgia Bulldogs
Early in the season, it appeared that the entire roster would be decimated after key players were injured, but Mark Richt's team managed to finish the regular season strong after limping (literally) through the middle of the schedule.
Georgia finished at 8-5 on the year, including a 5-3 mark in SEC play. Looking back at the schedule, there were undoubtedly a few games it'd like to have back.
With that in mind, let's grade the Bulldogs on their 2013 campaign:
Georgia had no shortage of offensive weapons this season, with the two obvious ones being quarterback Aaron Murray and running back Todd Gurley. When those two were healthy and in the game at the same time, great things happened for this offense. The Bulldogs averaged nearly 37 points per game and had the playmakers to do whatever they needed to do offensively.
And now for something completely different. There's a reason why Georgia fans were excited when defensive coordinator Todd Grantham left for Louisville last week. Albeit an inexperienced one, this defense was downright terrible at times. While the memorable secondary collapse stands out most, there were other moments where the defense looked completely lost. Luckily they had a good enough offense to still be in positions to win games despite giving up a ton of points.
The defensive side brings this grade down a little. Richt is a great coach and continues to find success in Athens. Even when this team's back was against the wall early in the season, it found ways to win huge games against LSU and Tennessee. And if not for one fluke play, it would have finished the season with a five-game winning streak.
I'd venture to say that expectations were a little bit higher heading into the season, but given the injury problems they faced at times, the Bulldogs still performed well. The Auburn and Vanderbilt games are two that stick out as games that Georgia should have won. Still, 8-5 is nothing to scoff at, and we'll see where this team is moving forward with new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt at the helm.
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