1. Who will be named the starting running back?
Thomas Brown, Kregg Lumpkin and Danny Ware, all competed for the number one spot, but it was Brown that held on to keep the starting spot for himself. Lumpkin was limited at the start of fall practice for precautionary reasons stemming from his ACL a season ago. But when the redshirt sophomore participated in a full-contact scrimmage midway through camp his health checked out fine.
Ware will be used extensively, as he is likely the most diverse back of the three. Ware’s ball skills allow the Dawgs to set up in two-back sets, and even allow him to lineup in the traditional fullback spot.
But Brown, Georgia’s smallest back, never lost ground and fought Ware and Lumpkin off to retain the starting job. All three backs are expected to be the focus of the Georgia offense this season.
2. Will the defense stay healthy?
Not really; one player, Tavares Kearney was lost for the season while several others missed at least some time. The linebacker spot was hit the hardest as Kearney, Jamario Smith, Tony Taylor, Danny Verdun Wheeler and Jarvis Jackson missed time this fall. The defensive line held up, but it too had injury problems. Kade Weston missed most of camp with an injury, and veterans Kedric Golston and Gerald Anderson missed some time. No player on the defensive line has a serious injury heading into this week’s game with Boise State, but the amount of time missed by members of the defense was significant.
3. How will the team respond to D.J. Shockley?
The team responded favorably to Shockley during fall camp. There is little question of the confidence this team and staff have in Shockley. Leonard Pope, in particular, seems very at ease with Shockley getting him the ball early and often. If Shockley can stay healthy, and that’s a big if considering his health the last three seasons, the Bulldogs could surprise this fall.