UGA offense could return all starters in 2013

Sam Greenwood

The only question mark right now is quarterback Aaron Murray.

The Georgia Bulldogs' offense ranks No. 21 in the nation and the best part is that the offense will return most -- if not all -- of their starters for next year, according to Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald.

Georgia will graduate 21 seniors after this season, but the majority are on defense. Wide receiver Tavarres King is the only offensive player who will graduate and has started the last two games on offense.

"I do like that you see a lot of guys that potentially could be back for us," offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. "Guys are getting a lot of experience. That's good for the future of Georgia. Obviously we're going to miss Tavarres and what he's done, his big-play ability and Marlon Brown (the receiver with a season-ending knee injury), but the guys that are playing now are getting a lot of valuable experience that's going to help the rest of this year and help them next year, too."

Tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, who have combined to rush for 1,616 yards and 15 touchdowns, will be sophomores. An offensive line that has performed better than expected will return intact and Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Conley and Rantavious Wooten will be part of a receiving corps that is expected to get back Michael Bennett from an ACL injury. Top tight ends Arthur Lynch and Jay Rome also return.

The big question mark for next season, however, is quarterback Aaron Murray. He's a junior but may decide to enter the NFL Draft.

Mitchell said if Murray graduates, then "a lot changes because the offense is centered around him."

Murray has been an important force for the No. 3 Bulldogs this season. He's completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,986 yards and 28 touchdowns. He's thrown seven interceptions this season.

Georgia's offense averages 37.6 points per game. At home, the Bulldogs put up 297 passing yards per game and 217 rushing yards per game.

Georgia hosts rival Georgia Tech on Saturday at 12 p.m. The last time Georgia Tech beat Georgia it was 2008. The Yellow Jackets won, 45-42.

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