Schedule: The Bulldogs open spring practice Tuesday and will conclude with Georgia's annual G-Day spring game on April 11, at 2 p.m. ET inside Sanford Stadium.
What's new: Georgia has a few new coaching faces on the offensive side of the ball. After 14 years with the Bulldogs, offensive coordinator Mike Bobo departed to become the head coach at Colorado State. Bobo also brought offensive line coach Will Friend with him to CSU. The Bulldogs replaced Bobo with former St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and replaced Friend with former McNeese State co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Rob Sale. Georgia also lost wide receivers coach Tony Ball to LSU and moved running backs coach Bryan McClendon moved to receivers coach. Former Wisconsin running backs coach Thomas Brown was hired to the same position with the Bulldogs.
On the mend: While running back Keith Marshall is returning from another knee injury that plagued him in 2014, it sounds like he's getting closer and closer to 100 percent and should be fine for the spring. Still, it's worth monitoring how much he's used. Linebacker and pass-rusher Leonard Floyd is still recovering from shoulder surgery that he underwent before the bowl game. Fellow linebacker Davin Bellamy could be limited this spring after also undergoing offseason surgery.
New faces: The Bulldogs welcomed in eight early enrollees, including UAB linebacker transfer Jake Ganus and junior college transfer linebacker Chuks Amaechi. Early enrolled freshmen: safety Johnathan Abram, defensive end Michael Barnett, tight end Jackson Harris, defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter, linebacker Natrez Patrick and safety Jarvis Wilson.
Question marks: Georgia will likely be the SEC Eastern Division favorite this season, but the Bulldogs do have a few questions that need to be answered before the season starts. The biggest question is who will replace quarterback Hutson Mason. Redshirt sophomore Brice Ramsey, who was the backup last season, is the favorite heading into spring, but he'll have to fight off junior Faton Bauta and redshirt freshman Jacob Park, who was one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2014 recruiting class. Center David Andrews is also gone, creating a big hole along the offensive line. There is no favorite to this point, but senior Hunter Long and sophomore Isaiah Wynn will immediately compete for the spot. Georgia also has plenty of questions along the defensive line, where the Bulldogs brought back just five scholarship players before Barnett and Ledbetter enrolled early. The Bulldogs must find another reliable figure in the secondary to replace Damian Swann and must replace longtime inside linebackers starters Amarlo Herrera and Ramik Wilson.
Key battle: This has to be quarterback. Mason wasn't a world beater last season, and the Bulldogs need to get back to having more of a consistent downfield threat in the passing game. Ramsey, who played in eight games in 2014 and threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, is the early favorite to replace Mason, but don't think he won't have to work for the job. Park was one of the nation's top quarterbacks coming out of high school last year and has a great combination of arm strength and mobility. The former South Carolina Mr. Football is arguably the team's most athletic quarterback and should push Ramsey every step of the way. Then there's Bauta, who has played in just six games during his career and has thrown for 46 yards. Bauta will be in the race, and while he isn't as decorated as the other two, he can't be counted out.
Breaking out: Not to put any pressure on a true freshman, but the Dawgs need to have a presence on the defensive line ASAP, and Ledbetter has a chance to be key figure early. The fact the former four-star prospect enrolled early really helps Georgia, but defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt won't have a problem throwing him into the fire on Day 1, even though Ledbetter won't turn 18 until mid-September.
Don't forget about: Wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell is back from his knee injuries, and if he can finally be healthy, Mitchell will compete to be one of the league's best receivers. He's a monster athlete who totaled 1,237 receiving yards during his first two years and even tried to play both sides of the ball as a sophomore. With Chris Conley and Michael Bennett gone, Mitchell returns as the most accomplished receiver. Georgia's top three returning receivers behind Mitchell combined for just 18 catches last season, and Justin Scott-Wesley has dealt with injuries and suspensions, so Mitchell will be expected to bounce back as the Dawgs' top receiving threat.
All eyes on: The offense. While the defense has been the preseason talk of discussion the past couple of years -- and has its own issues to deal with again -- the offense has plenty of unknowns that need to be cleared up somewhat this spring. Quarterback is the biggest issue, but finding some reliable receiving threats will also be important to getting this offensive going in 2015. Many fans weren't very excited about Schottenheimer's hire to replace Bobo, so you better believe the pressure will be on him to get the offense going this spring. Even with all the criticism Bobo faced during his time in Athens, he was a very successful coordinator and Schottenheimer has big shoes to fill.