Georgia's goals the same in 2013 despite roster changes

Scott Cunningham

Bulldogs will likely return just three starters on defense.

The Georgia Bulldogs will lose plenty of talent during the offseason due to graduations and early departures to the NFL. But that doesn't mean players or coaches expect any less of the team next season. For them, it's a next-man-up mentality with the same goals of winning the SEC and reaching the BCS National Championship.

"We're going to work hard and compete and we know it's going to be fun because these seniors that we have here now leaving, they kind of went through this a few years ago," defensive coordinator Todd Grantham told the Athens Banner Herald. "The difference is the young players that we have here now have kind of heard it even though they haven't played it, so they kind of know a little bit."

Georgia's defense will lose its top four tacklers and eight of its top 11 and likely return just three starters, according to the report. The team's offense, though, is guaranteed to return the entire starting offensive line and running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Quarterback Aaron Murray could return for a senior season, but he could also depart to the NFL.

"We've got guys that are ready to step in that are on the scout team," Gurley told the Banner Herald. "And I know there's going to be a couple of freshmen next year that are going to come in and show out."

Georgia finished its 2012-13 season with a 45-31 win over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. It was the second straight season the Bulldogs have won 12 games.

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