2013 Media Days: The Rundown

HOOVER, Ala. - These were the highlights from Georgia's Media Days appearance.

1. I'll start out with a big one. Georgia was picked to win the SEC East this season. It's a huge deal, especially for Aaron Murray. Murray wants to win the East as well as the whole thing. It's a big honor for Georgia. However, it's like Nick Saban said, the media doesn't pick the actual winner most of the time. Stay tuned on that one, it's a long season.

2. Speaking of Murray, he's back and he's all in. He wants to avenge last season's loss to Alabama in the SEC title game. First thing's first, Murray must get to that game. Not saying he can't. He's a great player with a lot of talent, but it is the title game for the best football conference in the nation. He's not scared either.

3. Jadeveon Clowney says otherwise. Clowney called Murray 'scared' in an interview earlier this week. Murray disagreed, explaining that 'respect' has a completely different meaning than 'fear.' Murray respects Clowney, but he may not do that in Athens when the Bulldogs take on South Carolina for their second game.

4. Richt was at Media Days too. Don't let me forget about him, like I could. He was there, he was on stage and he was his usual easy-going self. In Richt's opinion schemes are important, but actually carrying out the act is key. Richt said his team has to do its job in order to be successful this season. He said there will be challenges for Georgia's defense, and it will be a tough job. He knows how strong the Clemson and South Carolina offenses are, and said Georgia will just have to be as prepared as possible going into those match-ups.

5. Did I mention the loss to Alabama in the SEC title game? I think I did. That's because it still loomed over Murray's head during Media Days this week. He was probably asked about the final seconds of that game 20 times on Thursday but he took it like a champ, metaphorically speaking. He's not a champ yet, but that's why he's back in Athens. He wants it back. He watches that game often, and this is his chance for vengeance against the Tide or whoever shows up to the title game this year.

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