Georgia Football: Why the SEC Should Be Scared of UGA's Offense in 2013
In the SEC Championship Game, Alabama as well as the rest of the country got to witness what the rest of the SEC East had to deal with this season, and that is the Georgia Bulldogs offense.
Other than the South Carolina game, the Bulldogs ran and threw all over their opponents, which led to them scoring 484 points in 13 games.
But what the scary thing about this is the offense can do even better next year and that should put the rest of the SEC on notice.
Here are some reasons why the SEC should be scared of the Bulldogs' offense next year.
If Aaron Murray returns for his senior season, then this offense will certainly pick up where they left off in 2012.
Murray was second in the nation in pass efficiency; he completed 65 percent of his passes and threw for over 3,400 yards and 31 touchdowns.
Each year as a starter Murray has improved, and if he does come back for his final year, he will be a leading candidate for the Heisman.
Speaking of the Heisman, Todd Gurley could be a dark horse to win it next season if he continues to learn the game.
Gurley led all SEC running backs with 1,260 yards and 16 touchdowns. His best game was in the SEC Championship Game where he rushed for 122 yards and two scores against an Alabama defense that had not allowed a 100-yard rusher all season long.
Gurley has the speed and strength to be a dominant player moving forward and with 2012 being his first year with the Bulldogs, he will only get better each time he steps onto the field.
Let's not forget about Keith Marshall, who had a very strong season with Gurley.
Marshall rushed for 743 yards, scored eight touchdowns and averaged 6.6 yards per carry, which is slightly better than Gurley.
Marshall has lightning speed and can score from everywhere on the field.
That's what makes Gurley and Marshall so good as a duo. Gurley can pound a defense and Marshall can come in and hit them with his speed.
They have a chance to be the best running back duo since Alabama's Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.
Michael Bennett and Malcom Mitchell
With Marlon Brown and Tavarres King moving on, Michael Bennett and Malcolm Mitchell will have to be the leaders of a deep receiving corps.
Bennett was the team's leading receiver before he went down with an ACL injury and was Murray's go-to guy when he needed a big catch.
Mitchell has been Murray's deep threat the last two seasons but also can come up with a big-time catch when his number is called (the Florida game, for example).
If Murray makes the decision to stay, Bennett and Mitchell will put up some big-time numbers next year.
The Offensive Line
The offensive line had its struggles at the beginning of the season, but started to come around as the season progressed and had its best game against Alabama as they were able to open holes for Gurley and give Murray time to make some big throws.
The good thing is there's a chance all five starters return next season.
Dallas Lee, Kenarious Gates and Chris Burnette will be seniors; David Andrews will be a junior; and John Theus will be a true sophomore.
If Gates, Lee and Burnette decided to stay, the offensive line will be a strength instead of a weakness like it has been in the past.