The Bulldogs will start fall camp on Tuesday, and there will be a few things that they will need to answer as they get ready for the regular season which starts in month.
With the combination of transfers, incoming freshmen and the normal high expectations, Georgia will enter fall camp with a lot of pressure on its shoulders. There is a reason that the Bulldogs were picked by media members as the favorite to win the SEC East. Out of all the teams in the division, they have the most talent, and they are coming off a 10-win season, which featured most of the players that are still on the roster.
However, the Bulldogs have not won the SEC since 2005, and in the last two seasons, they let the division slip their fingers.
So can the Bulldogs get things going this season? Will they be national title contenders or SEC pretenders? Let’s take a look at the things fans need to watch during fall camp.
The battle at starting quarterback has been going on since the start of spring practice, and it’s only going to get more intense because Greyson Lambert, who is a transfer from Virginia, is looking to beat out Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta.
Once Lambert is up to speed with Ramsey and Bauta, he should become the starter because he has the most experience and he can make all the throws needed in Brian Scottenheimer’s offense. All three quarterbacks will have an opportunity to get work with the first team offense during fall camp, but when it comes down to it, Lambert has the tools needed to be successful in the SEC.
Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are two guys that could possibly make up the best run duo on the SEC if both can stay healthy. But even if one of them goes down with an injury, they run game won’t miss a beat with Keith Marshall.
Due to major injuries the last two seasons, Marshall’s career has not lived up to expectations. So Marshall is looking to be the running back he was in 2012, rushing for over 700 yards and eight touchdowns as a backup for Todd Gurley.
From all accounts, Marshall has looked bigger, stronger and faster during spring and offseason workouts. It would be a great story if he was able to have a strong 2015 season, because that will show the rest of the conference that UGA is even more dangerous on offense.
Overall, the defense improved from what it was in 2013. But the defensive line still needed work as there was not an impact player which led to the defense giving up a ton of rushing yards in big games.
So once true freshmen Trent Thompson and Jonathan Ledbetter come onto the scene, the defensive line could have a different look.
Thompson was considered the No. 1 recruit in the country. He is everything a coach would want out of a defensive lineman, and he will probably be starting by the halfway point of the season.
Ledbetter actually was able to practice with the team in the spring, and was solid. He’s does not have the same talent level as Thompson, but with him being able to practice with the team in the spring gives him a big advantage while working out in fall camp.
The defensive line has a veteran group starting led by John Atkins, Sterling Bailey and Josh Dawson. But the playmakers are guys like Thompson, Ledbetter and also Chauncey Rivers who is another true freshman that will possibly see a good amount of action this year.