It's been over four months since the Georgia Bulldogs suffered a devastating 24-19 loss to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Gator Bowl.
Luckily for the Georgia faithful, the long-awaited return of this football team is over. On Saturday, the Bulldogs take the field once again for the 2014 G-Day spring football game.
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There will be plenty of new faces on the field for Georgia. Aaron Murray is headed to the NFL, and in his place will be Hutson Mason, who put on a solid showing in the Gator Bowl, completing 21 of his 39 passing attempts for 320 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Some familiar faces will be on hand as well. Running back Todd Gurley will look to build upon a very fine showing in 2013. He will be joined by complementary back Keith Marshall.
This spring game will bring an insightful glimpse as to how this team has improved after finishing with an 8-5 record last season.
Let's take a look at all of the essential viewing information and highlight some players to keep an eye on during G-Day.
Unfortunately, the Bulldogs' spring game is set for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff. This conflicts with another prestigious Georgia event that you may have heard of—the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.
Due to this conflict, there's always a chance for a blackout; however, the viewing information for Saturday's game is as follows:
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3
Players to Watch
Hutson Mason, QB
Mason redshirted last season and figures to take the reins for the departed Murray.
Due to Murray's late-season injury, Mason saw some time on a big stage last season. During the Gator Bowl, Mason was inconsistent but showed glimpses of stellar play.
The highlight of Mason's performance was a 25-yard touchdown pass to Todd Gurley early in the fourth quarter to pull the Bulldogs within five points of the Cornhuskers.
Mason finished the season completing 67 of 110 passing attempts for 968 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.
Through two scrimmages, #UGA QB Hutson Mason is 24-of-30 in pass attempts for 288 yards and three touchdowns. No interceptions.— Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) April 5, 2014
Even though Murray is not in the mix anymore, there's plenty to be excited about at the quarterback position in 2014.
Todd Gurley, RB
Gurley is the most explosive and exciting of all the Bulldogs. His quick burst, one-cut ability, vision and top-end speed make him a home run threat every time he touches the ball.
Todd Gurley was in a rare, very talkative mood today. Don't miss his interview following this morning's scrimmage: http://t.co/hHWnkHAnYa— Logan Booker (@LoganBooker_BI) April 5, 2014
Despite missing three games in 2013, Gurley still finished the season with 989 yards on 165 attempts for an average of 6.0 yards per carry and 10 touchdowns.
Gurley's shining moment last season was the team's double-overtime thriller against Georgia Tech to close out the regular season. In the Bulldogs' win, he rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns while adding four receptions for 36 yards and anther score.
Expect plenty more of exciting moments from this junior running back in 2014.
Leonard Floyd, LB
Floyd really showed some good stuff as a freshman in 2013.
He's a natural pass-rusher and can wreak havoc in the backfield—both against the run and the pass.
Floyd recorded 55 total tackles, including 9.5 for a loss, and 6.5 sacks last season, according to CFBStats.com.
Standing at 6'4" and weighing 220 pounds, Floyd has freakish athleticism for his size. He's incredibly well-rounded and could even see split time between linebacker and defensive end this season.
His first test of the year will be a big one as he'll be up against the Bulldogs explosive offense.
Expect Floyd to shine early and often this season—he should not have any difficulty surpassing last year's sack total in a hurry.