Sep 28, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley (3) and teammates walk through the Dawgwalk entrance to the field before the game against the LSU Tigers at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Midseason Report Card - Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia Bulldogs


Though QB Aaron Murray hasn’t played especially well in Georgia’s two losses, he has been otherwise spectacular even in tough situations and against top-10 teams. The senior has carried the Bulldogs at times, as he did at the end of games against LSU and Tennessee.

Rest of Offense: A-

When healthy, this unit ranks among the best in the nation. The Bulldogs simply haven’t had any luck in staying off of the training table. RB Todd Gurley, who has missed the last two-and-a-half games, ranks among the best in the nation. In just 3.5 games, Gurley rushed for 450 yards and 4 TDs. Gurley and Murray enjoy their success partly because of a good offensive line capable of more than it has shown. What’s left of the receiving corps so far looks ordinary.

Defense: C-

The Bulldogs knew coming into the season that defensive coordinator Todd Grantham’s young defense would have to endure growing pains. At times, the unit has come up with big stands in important spots – as it did in wins over South Carolina and LSU. In losses to Clemson, and Missouri, however, Georgia’s sieve-like defense has let the team down. At least LB Ramik Wilson has developed into a possible all-SEC player. The Bulldogs currently rank last in the SEC in scoring defense.

Overall: B

National championship dreams are dead. SEC title hopes remain alive, though. Despite the setback last week against Missouri, the Bulldogs still have a chance to win the division – especially with the easiest part of their schedule still ahead.

Offensive Spotlight: WR Chris Conley

Injuries have decimated Georgia’s receiving crew. Gurley is expected to return soon – as early as this week – but Murray still needs to have players to whom he can throw. Conley, who leads the team in every receiving category now, must emerge as the go-to, reliable threat Murray needs.

Defensive Spotlight: LB Jordan Jenkins

The anticipated breakout season hasn’t transpired the way Jenkins expected. Instead, the sophomore has managed just 20 tackles, though that includes 5 TFLs. Jenkins does have 11 QBHs, but those need to start developing into difference-making plays.

Developing Situation:

RB Todd Gurley could return from his sprained ankle this week for Georgia’s road game at Vanderbilt. With RB Keith Marshall out for the year with a torn ACL, the Bulldogs need Gurley back in the lineup. Georgia’s depth crisis at the position has left it playing true freshman J.J. Green and reserve Brendan Douglas. Gurley would immediately provide QB Aaron Murray with another dynamic, game-breaking option.

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