Dean's List: 2014 Offensive Players

Dean Legge counts down Georgia's five most important offensive players of the 2014 season.

1. Todd Gurley

Why? He's the best running back in college football today. Also, scoreboard… the Bulldogs are 19-5 with him running the ball and 2-2 without him – you do the math. Gurley is coming off a season where injuries caused him to miss some or all of Georgia's games against Clemson, LSU, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Missouri. The Bulldogs managed only a 2-3 record with him banged up.

Have you seen Gurley run the ball? His bruising, determined style of toting the rock is something that's rare – even in today's brand of SEC football. Gurley will go down as one of the top running backs of all time at Georgia, and that's full of some pretty special ball carriers.

2. Malcolm Mitchell

Georgia is a much more explosive offense with Mitchell at receiver. The Valdosta native missed all but a drive of the 2013 season with an ACL injury – and after a while it was obvious that he was missing. Mitchell has the ability to stretch the field with his speed, but his quickness has made several defenders look stupid over the last few years. This is likely Mitchell's last season at Georgia, so expect him to play like it.

3. David Andrews

Andrews is critical to the Bulldogs' offense – giggle if you want to about a center being put on a top five list… it will show how little you know about football. Andrews has been a steady force in the middle of the offensive line for the last two years, and he will be needed to help Hutson Mason in his first full season of football.

4. Hutson Mason

Replacing Aaron Murray won't be a lot of fun for Mason, and those watching from the stands. There were times when Murray didn't perform at a high level - see his games against Florida - but that's being picky over the long haul... Murray was outstanding. Now Mason, who has been on campus since 2010, will get a chance to shine this fall, and the pressure will be on to get the Dawgs back to Atlanta for the third time in four seasons. Mason will have to play well as he is the key to the season.

5. Justin Scott-Wesley

Perhaps the fastest player at Georgia, when JSW went down you could tell that was probably the final straw for the down-field passing game of Georgia. It was fun while it lasted during the 2013 season. But JSW, who had the decisive touchdown against #6 South Carolina, and the game-winning reception against LSU a few weeks later, will be back after sitting out the bulk of the year after an ACL injury in Knoxville. The sky is the limit for Scott-Wesley.


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