ATHENS - Periodically this season, I'm going to take the pulse of Georgia fans on an issue of the season, and do so with immense synergy: I'll post the question on Twitter, wait for the answers, then post some of the answers on the blog.
Today's question: What's your biggest area of concern entering the season, and why?
The response was widespread. As you'd expect, the offensive line and special teams dominated. But there was a range of concern for a Georgia team ranked sixth in both major preseason polls, and the consensus pick to repeat as SEC East champion.
Here's what you all had to say about your major areas of concern:
OL and special teams. Latter lost games last year. Former is pretty obviously a question mark based on depth and experience.
- Kyle Lebet, @KyleLebet
The offensive line. Very young. Not a lot of experience. Hopefully they'll overcome that quickly.
- Cam, @CammyC_88
The OL and finding a consistent running game. If we can run the ball, everything else should fall into place.
- Brandon Ashley, @BrandonAshley
The high expectations. All the talk about the schedule and getting back to Atlanta reminds me of 2008. Recipe for disaster.
- Brian Koning, @bnerail
My concern is if Richt can run a tight ship. Cut out stupid penalties, and play like their hair is on fire every game.
- Bryan Hall, @cattledawgs
For me it's the secondary for the first part of the season. We can manage but an injury or two would be hard to overcome.
- Michael Gates, @RecDawgs34
Winning the big game ... specifically Aaron Murray's performance in those games.
- Heath Houston, @heathhouston
OLine because games are won in the trenches.
- Kerri Loudis, @ugakerri
Coaching. Coaches need to have best talent on field regardless of class, senior, junior, etc.
- Alan Matthews, @SouthGaAlan
Still concerned about Aaron Murray's missing wide open receivers in many games last year.
- Doobie Roo, @DoobieRooToo
Special teams ... two freshman kickers! I hope it does not cost us a game this year!
- Kyle Szigeti, @CPA_dawg
Aaron Murray mistakes. And O line depth and can the young guys on the O line hold up the big defense in Atlanta?
- Jeff Murray, @J_Murray85
OL, freshman specialists and length of suspensions to key players.
- Jason Stanford, @jstandawgfan
1. Special teams. 2. O-line depth. 3. Ogletree and Rambo suspensions.
- Trae Marchant, @TraeMarchant
Kicking game (mainly field goals)/special teams play. I think the OL will surprise people this year!
- Jason Arnold, @HunkerDownDawgs
DBs. Do we have enough against Mizzou?
- Brance Alan Young, @truckcompany32
The over-hype of our backs. They are gonna be great let's just let them play before we assume they are the next Herschel or Bo!!
- Scott Forrester, @jeep7448
Also, our red zone offense. We need TDs, not FGs. Also, keep putting on points when we are ahead instead of playing conservative.
- Sott Forrester, @jeep7448
Simple: Running back and the offensive line.
- Clint Thomason, @ClintThomason
The offensive line - relying on freshmen makes me nervous.
- Alex Ramati, @TheAustinDawg
Offensive line depth/experience. Sounds like the guys are holding their own, but seems like we're right on the edge of trouble.
- J.D., @jdmyers
Misguided beat writer from Macon.
- Jeff Schultz, @JeffShultzAJC
1. Consistent QB play. 2. O-line. 3. Health ... just need a serviceable run game, doesn't have to be great in that offense.
- Gary Templeton, @garytempleton
Offensive line, although I am starting not to worry about them as much. Must be the Kool-Aid!
- Brett Daniels, @BDaniels58
Mark Richt's goatee, or lack thereof.
- Alex Cunningham, @ACunningham8
Offensive play calling.
- Dustin Stathan, @dwstatham
- Anne Thomas Wade, @annethomaswade
Suspensions/depth in secondary. WR depth. OL depth beyond top six.
- Chad11W, @Chad11W
I am worried that Richt might not have room for a championship trophy in his modest office. Hehe.
- Benjamin Wilson, @getupkid4uga
No major concerns. If the injury bug stays away should be a special season.
- Scott Callaway, @TheDude_Dawg