Projecting the Georgia Bulldogs' 2013 Offensive Depth Chart
One of the good things about bowl season is not only fans get to see their teams play one more game before the season ends, they also get a chance to see some of the younger players get some action to get them ready for next season.
The offense for the Georgia Bulldogs is a younger group, but there are some reserve players that could see some action in the Capital One Bowl.
Does that mean they will become starters next year? It's possible, but because the Bulldogs aren't losing too many offensive players to graduation, the offensive lineup for 2013 will look almost identical to the 2012 lineup.
Here's a look at what the 2013 offensive depth chart could look like for Georgia.
Starter: Aaron Murray
This is assuming that Aaron Murray returns for his senior season, which is still up in the air.
Murray is coming off his best season at Georgia and would benefit greatly if he returned next season.
The Bulldogs do have a few guys that can fill the role of starting quarterback, but if Murray does return next season, he's clearly the No. 1 guy and gives the Bulldogs a chance to win a lot of games.
Backup: Hutson Mason, Christian LeMay
Starter: Todd Gurley
Todd Gurley had a stellar freshman year, leading all SEC running backs in rushing yards and touchdowns.
The Bulldogs have finally found their feature back for the next two seasons, and the combination of him along with Keith Marshall make one of the most dangerous running tandems in the country.
Backups: Keith Marshall, Ken Malcome
Starter: Alexander Ogletree
Merritt Hall was the starter when the season began, but Alexander Ogletree took over midway through the season after Hall went down with an injury.
Ogletree should come into spring practice as the No. 1 fullback because he really helped springboard Gurley and Marshall to new heights. But Hall and Quayvon Hicks are capable of earning the No. 1 spot during spring and summer practices.
Backups: Merritt Hall, Quayvon Hicks
Starters: Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Bennett
The Bulldogs will lose Tavarres King and Marlon Brown due to graduation, but that is not a huge concern because Malcolm Mitchell and Michael Bennett have started numerous games and can make big plays.
Mitchell will focus only on offense next year, so he is poised to have a All-SEC-caliber season. Bennett will be coming off a knee injury and will also look to put up bigger numbers in 2013.
Backups: Chris Conley, Rantavious Wooten, Rhett McGowan
Starter: Arthur Lynch
After getting off to a slow start, Arthur Lynch came on strong the second half of the year and finished with 21 receptions for 321 yards and two touchdowns.
He will not have huge numbers because of Mitchell and Bennett, but Lynch should be a solid security blanket for Murray next season.
Backup: Jay Rome
Starters: LT Kenarious Gates, LG Dallas Lee, C David Andrews, RG Chris Burnette, RT John Theus
Unless players like Kenarious Gates and Chris Burnette get first-round grades, I see all the starters from the offensive line this season coming back in 2013.
However, it was announced that there would be open competition on the offensive line during Capital One Bowl practices. So the startling lineup during the 2012 season could look completely different next season.
Backups: Mark Beard, Watts Dantzler, Austin Long, Greg Pyke, Xavier Ward