Midseason review: Georgia


Record: 2-4 (1-3 SEC)

The season started ominously enough for the Bulldogs with their best player, junior receiver A.J. Green, being suspended for four games for selling one of his jerseys. It only got worse from there. After winning the opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, Georgia lost four straight games for the first time in two decades. Spliced in there were a couple more player arrests and the kind of fan unrest that Mark Richt hasn’t experienced since arriving in Athens in 2001. The Bulldogs ended their skid Saturday with an impressive 41-14 battering of Tennessee, and getting Green back has made a huge difference on offense. The offensive line has not been up to par, at least not to the level that was expected out of this veteran group. Georgia went with a new lineup against Tennessee, including true freshman Kenarious Gates at guard. The primary problem on defense has been that the Bulldogs are allowing too many big plays. That and a defensive front that lacks size. Still, this is a team that’s talented enough to turn it around during the second half of the season. And believe it or not, the Bulldogs could still factor into the Eastern Division race.

Offensive MVP: QB Aaron Murray. He was supposed to be the big question mark concerning this offense. Instead, Murray has been one of the steadiest guys out there. The redshirt freshman is third in the SEC in total offense, averaging 248 yards per game. He’s thrown 10 touchdown passes and only three interceptions. He has also rushed for four touchdowns. There’s not a more promising young quarterback in this league.

Defensive MVP: OLB Justin Houston. Even though Georgia is last in the SEC in pass efficiency defense, Houston has been a force when it comes to rushing the quarterback. He leads the league with six sacks and also has 10.5 tackles for loss. He’s been a factor even when he hasn’t been able to get the quarterback on the ground, as evidenced by his team-leading 18 quarterback hurries.