WHAT THEY RETURN: It starts at the quarterback position, where redshirt sophomore Aaron Murray gives the Bulldogs the top returning quarterback in the SEC. During his first year of play last season, Murray completed 61.1% (209-342) of his passes while throwing for 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also added 167 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
The defensive line will feature DeAngelo Tyson and Abry Jones at defensive end, with Tyson sliding out to open up the nose tackle spot for JUCO transfer John Jenkins, who chose Georgia over Florida. There won't be a lack of size on the Georgia defensive line, as all three starting defensive linemen are listed over 300 pounds.
Two losses came at running back but neither was because of graduation. Washaun Ealey, the leading rusher last season for the Bulldogs, was suspended and then decided to transfer. Caleb King, the second leading rusher from last year, was ruled ineligible and won't return to Georgia. This puts the load on the shoulders of freshman running back Isaiah Crowell.
BREAKOUT PLAYER: It needs to be a skill player for the Georgia offense. Whether it's Crowell at running back or Tavarres King at wide receiver, Murray has to have steady playmakers around him that he can trust. Green stretched the opposing defense last season, which opened up the run game and underneath patterns. King turning into a deep threat would make the Georgia offense a tough one to stop, and it would keep the extra defender out of the box, giving Crowell extra room to run.
For the Bulldogs to take the next step on defense, the defensive breakout player needs to be John Jenkins. In the second year of the 3-4 defense implemented by defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, Jenkins provides a true nose tackle that the Bulldogs lacked last season. The Bulldogs ranked ninth in the SEC last year with 24 sacks, and even though they lost Houston from the 2010 team, Jenkins eating up blockers in the middle should help Georgia get a better pass rush off the edge.