Georgia helped put a bow on SEC media days on Thursday in Hoover, Alabama. The Bulldogs have played for the league title the last two years. But getting back to Atlanta this season will be tough, considering the competition the Dawgs will face to kick off the year.
Navigating SEC media days was easy for quarterback Aaron Murray. But navigating the start of this season will be much more difficult for Murray and the Bulldogs. Said head coach Mark Richt,"Playing Clemson and South Carolina back-to-back. Two teams that could very easily be in the top 10. Few weeks later, we play LSU as well. So we really have a tough grind to the schedule to begin with. But I think our players are going to be excited about it. I know our coaches are."
But is Murray excited about facing South Carolina and dominating defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Earlier this week, Clowney said Murray was scared of him. Said Murray,"I wouldn't say scared. I would say respect. Definitely, he's a well respected player. He's unbelievable. Like I said, he's an unbelievable player. Like I said, well, well, well respected throughout college football."
Georgia's defense will be trying to earn some respect because they return only four starters. Said defensive lineman Garrison Smith,"I don't feel like there will be any drop-off from last year. I feel like these young guys have got something to prove. They're hungry. They want to make a name for themselves."
Georgia was five yards short of playing for the national title last year, after losing 32-28 to Alabama in the SEC championship game. Said Murray,"It taught us that we are right there as a team. We are a lot more confident right now, knowing we can compete in those big time games versus some big time competition. We've got to keep working and keep staying hungry. I think Georgia is back to where it needs to be when it comes to national respect. We've just got to push the door open now."