As a UGA football fan, I really should know better.
I’ve seen this story before.
I know I’m setting myself up for failure.
Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in!
I know the Dawgs might have had the best team in the country in 2002 when they finished No. 3 in the final standings. I know 2005 had a chance to be a special year before D.J. Shockley went down in the Arkansas game with a knee injury.
As a Georgia football fan, heartbreak, disappointment, and “what ifs?” come with the territory. It’s our “process.”
Yet, it still doesn’t stop us from being overly optimistic about next season.
And so, as I often do, I’ll let myself get too excited for the 2015 season and what the future could have in store for the Dawgs.
I probably shouldn’t.
After all, Mark Richt has to replace a coordinator who led the offense to record breaking numbers in the past three seasons while having to deal with a ridiculous number of injuries to key players.
There are significant holes on the defensive side of the ball, left by senior leaders who helped guide a young squad to a strong year under a new coordinator.
And the quarterback situation will be...interesting...to say the least.
That’s okay. I’m willing to roll the dice.
I can’t help but be excited about the possibility of Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, and hopefully a healthy Keith Marshall running behind an offensive line that will return four of five starters. Chubb alone gives UGA another preseason Heisman Trophy candidate and is quickly becoming my all-time favorite Georgia player..
I can’t help but hope Malcolm Mitchell will finally have a healthy season where he shows that he can be one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the SEC. I can’t help but think Jeb Blazevich is well on his way to becoming the next great tight end to come through the Georgia program.
I can’t help but swoon over the potential of Jordan Jenkins, Leonard Floyd, and Lorenzo Carter terrorizing opposing quarterbacks by blitzing off the edge.
I can’t help but think the young Georgia secondary will make significant progress under a full offseason with Jeremy Pruitt.
And I can’t help but believe this highly-touted incoming freshman class for the Dawgs won’t have a few guys who can immediately step in and make a major impact.
Yes. I know I’m getting ahead of myself. I know this probably won’t end well. I don’t care.
I’m already excited about the 2015 Georgia football season. It has the potential to be a special year. For now, let’s bask in the light of hope!