With four new starters at the skill positions and a bevy of fresh-faced reserves ready for their first work as college players, there will be a much different look on offense than the Bulldogs had a year ago. The problem is, even Georgia isn’t quite sure what to expect.
“It’s going to be different, no doubt, and I’m not sure what it’s going to look like,” head coach Mark Richt said. “I’ve got an idea on a couple guys, but there’s a lot we just don’t know.”
Only fullback Shaun Chapas and wide receiver A.J. Green return as skill-position starters from a unit that was one of the most feared in the SEC a year ago. The rest of the unit, however, will be getting used to new surroundings.
Quarterback Joe Cox, tight end Aron White, wide receiver Michael Moore and tailback Richard Samuel are all expected to get starting nods Saturday, but the group combines for just eight starts in their careers prior to this season.
Even the offensive line, while stocked with veterans, hasn’t played together with the current lineup before, meaning it might take a while for Georgia’s coaches and players to get a feel for what they have to work with.
That doesn’t mean the Bulldogs aren’t expecting to produce some offensive fireworks, however.
“I feel really good about everything that we have in right now and everything that we’re doing,” Cox said. “I think we’ve got a good plan set and we have the guys to execute it. So I’m not worried.”