Every year, players come and go in college football. With the turnover teams can either grow or take steps back.
It's time to check out Georgia's strongest position and weakest position heading into the 2013 season:
Strongest position: Quarterback and/or running backs
Let's see, the Bulldogs bring back one of the nation's best quarterbacks in Aaron Murray, have a wealth of talented depth behind him and own the best running back duo in the country in Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. It really is a little unfair, honestly. Murray became the first SEC quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards in three seasons last year when he finished with 3,895 yards. He'll likely end 2013 with four straight 3,000-yard seasons and even more Georgia/SEC records. He also has a very capable backup in redshirt junior Hutson Mason, who the coaches feel comfortable leaving the team with if it came to that. Christian LeMay will be in his third year this fall, while freshmen Faton Bauta and Brice Ramsey give the Bulldogs even more quality depth.
The Bulldogs will rely on Gurley and Marshall, who combined for 2,144 yards and averaged 6.3 yards per carry, yet again this season. Depth is an issue behind them, but these two were the stars of the show last year and things went swimmingly. Gurley is the bruiser, who led all SEC backs in rushing last year, while Marshall has more moves and explosion. He's also gained some good weight, so defenders beware.
Weakest position: Defensive tackle
While defensive coordinator Todd Grantham has more bodies to rotate in and out along the defensive line, defensive tackle is still a troublesome area for the Bulldogs. There isn't a John Jenkins to plug in the middle of the line, so the Bulldogs will likely work by committee to fill the void he left, but there just isn't a lot of experience inside. Junior Mike Thornton left spring as the starter at nose guard, but has just one career tackle. Redshirt sophomore Chris Mayes is right behind him on the depth chart, but hasn't recorded any stats for the Dawgs. Freshman John Atkins enrolled early this spring, but he has no experience at the college level. The good news is that Grantham is cross-training guys, so defensive ends Sterling Bailey, who was Grantham's best cross-trainer this spring, and redshirt freshman John Taylor will get a chance to help out at tackle. The staff hopes to get a lot out of junior college transfer Toby Johnson this season, but he is recovering from an ACL injury he suffered last fall.