Georgia Football: The 5 Bulldogs That Will Have a Breakout 2013 Season
For the Georgia Bulldogs, there is no doubt the key players are coming into the 2013 season.
Fans know that players such as Aaron Murray, Todd Gurley and Malcolm Mitchell will be key to the team's success.
However, there are a few players that some fans don't know much about, but will be well-acquainted with their skill sets by season's end.
Some of them showed glimpses last year of what they can become, while others have not see much action on the field yet. All have the tools to be key contributors right away.
Here are the five Bulldogs that will have a breakout 2013 season.
LB Amarlo Herrera
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Largely overshadowed by Alec Ogletree and Jarvis Jones, Amarlo Herrera's name is not mentioned much when it comes to the Bulldogs linebackers corps.
He will return to Athens as the team's leading tackler and should provide leadership for the young linebackers that are coming to Athens this spring.
Herrera played in all 14 games last year and notched 70 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. Since he arrived at UGA two years ago, Herrera has been a fundamentally sound player and he looks ready to take the next step in his progression at the inside linebacker position.
LB Jordan Jenkins
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Some would argue that Jenkins had a breakout year in 2012.
But there is a feeling he can do a lot more in 2013 and he will because he had that in-game experience after playing in all 14 games, becoming the starter at outside linebacker midway through the season.
Jenkins only had 31 tackles in 2012, but was second on the team in sacks with five.
Jenkins probably won't be the next Jarvis Jones, but he will be the next dominant pass rusher for the Bulldogs, which is why he will have a big 2013 season.
DE Ray Drew
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After two years in the program, Drew, who was a five-star prospect coming out of high school, has yet to start a game for the Bulldogs.
But with Cornelius Washington and Abry Jones gone, Drew will have a chance to start at defensive end and will prove why he was a highly recruited played from Valdosta.
Mark Richt said that Drew has to step up in order for the Bulldogs to have success. It's clear that Richt thinks highly of Drew and, based on his work ethic, he will not disappoint Richt or the fans.
TE Jay Rome
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Because of the play of Arthur Lynch, Rome never had a chance to really show his talents in 2012.
However, he did have 11 catches for 152 yards and one touchdown, which is not bad for a backup tight end.
Rome should see more action in 2013 and will show the SEC how good of a tight end he really is. With his basketball background and athleticism, Rome has all the tools to be the Bulldogs next great tight end and could be another toy Murray could play with.
WR Chris Conley
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With all the depth and injuries in the wide receiver corps in 2012, Chris Conley was lost in the mix.
But he did manage to catch 20 passes for 342 yards and six touchdowns, two of which came in the Capital One Bowl.
Conley will one of the top three receivers returning to Athens and the game he had in the Capital One Bowl is just the tip of the iceberg.