The Georgia Bulldogs are licking their collective chops already in anticipation of 2013, thinking of what could be in store for a program that's ready to make the jump from title contender to champion.
One man with that mindset is running back Todd Gurley, who was explosive throughout the 2012 campaign. Gurley amassed 1,385 rushing yards, placing him second on the all-time Georgia list behind the man, myth and legend, Hershel Walker.
What's more, Gurley was only a freshman, leading many to believe he could become the premier back in college football. While he's happy with the way his initial year in Athens went, he hopes for even better things as a sophomore for his team, according to redandblack.com:
"It's not going to mean anything if you don't do the same thing the next year," Gurley said of his freshman season. "I had a very good year, and it's going to be hard for me to try to put up the same numbers that I did this year. A lot of folks are going to be gunning for me. People are always going to have something to say, but it's up to me to have a great offseason and to have an even better season next year. As long as we win it all next year, I can have two yards, total, and it won't matter to me."
Gurley's backfield mate, Keith Marshall, also is ready to head into 2013. Despite seeing somewhat limited time, Marshall picked up 759 yards while averaging 6.5 yards per carry.
Marshall says he hopes to have more passes thrown his way, but most importantly he wants to be part of something special in his second year on campus. Per redandblack.com:
"It's going to be the little things now during the offseason," he said. "You're going to be pushing even harder, because you know came so close to going to a national championship. It's not like we got blew out or anything. So while we're working hard, we need to think about the little things, because that could be the outcome of getting those five yards to make it to the national championship next year."