Georgia exits Spring and looks forward to the Fall of 2010 with a new Quarterback, a new defensive coordinator, a favorable schedule and a renewed sense of purpose.
Mark Richt is sitting squarely on the hot seat in Athens and he knows it. That became obvious with his dismissal from the team of former QB Zach Roethlis-excuse me-Mettenberger, who was sent packing back to Watkinsville after allegations of sexual battery.
Apparently unsupervised teenage boys, alcohol and college girls gone wild don't mix. Who knew?
Aaron Murray should begin the season as the replacement for Joe Cox as the starting QB.
He will be tested early with September games against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, an improving Mississippi State team, Arkansas and South Carolina.
If Georgia can navigate that minefield with one loss or less, it looks to be a promising season.
10 starters return around Murray and look for Mark Richt and Mike Bobo to begin the season with heavy emphasis on the running game.
Washaun Ealey and Caleb King will be running behind a veteran offensive line anchored by Cordy Glenn, Clint Boling and Ben Jones.
If Trinton Sturdivant can stop doing his Ken Griffey, Jr. impersonation for just one fall, this could be one of the better corps in the SEC. The return of Tanner Strickland would be helpful as well.
AJ Greene, Israel Troupe, Orson Charles, Tavares King, Rantavious Wooten and hopefully a healthy Kris Durham give Mike Bobo plenty of talented options when he decides to open it up.
Hold your breath and pray. New D-coordinator Todd Grantham has a new scheme (3-4) but I'm not sure if he has the personnel in place to run it.
Georgia has many good athletes on the defensive side of the football and recently converted RB Richard Samuel to LB. T
here are some proven players over here—Bacarri Rambo, Brandon Boykin, Branden Smith (who has the look of a future star) and DeAngelo Tyson.
I like the addition of Kwame Geathers (6'5" and 326 lbs) at NT but run-stuffers and pass-rushers must step up immediately.
Georgia's saving grace in 2010. Hands down, the most important player on this team is Drew Butler.
He will be called on to flip the field against every opponent, on every punt and he is definitely capable.
Look for an All-America season from him and a new hero to be recognized in Athens.
Kicker Blair Walsh is dependable and will keep UGA in a few games. Punt/Kick returners, AJ Green, Brandon Boykin and Branden Smith are explosive and exciting and will score points.
Georgia's toughest games this year are Florida, Auburn and Arkansas. South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Colorado, Louisiana Lafayette, Idaho State, Vandy, Kentucky and Georgia Tech are all beatable.
With some spirited coaching and a little injury luck, this could be a special year in Athens.