Saturday, December 31, 2011

Welcome To 2012–The Year Of The Dawg


The New Year brings a close to the current football season but it also signals the early prognosticators to begin looking at next season. The Dawgs have been ranked as a top five team in several early bird polls and more will follow as spring arrives.

The emergence of the defense under coach Todd Grantham should continue with the number of returning starters next fall. The offense will again be led by quarterback Aaron Murray and like the defense, will see a majority of the starters return. The kicking game will undergo the greatest change following the graduation of Butler and Walsh but Collin Barber and Marshall Morgan are very talented and will be ready to contribute by the opening kickoff.

The incoming freshmen have been dubbed the “Ring Team” by tailback Keith Marshall and will be expected to have an impact similar to that of last year’s “Dream Team.”

The release of next season’s favorable schedule by the SEC this week brought a smile to the Dawg Nation, replacing Alabama with Missouri was the major change.

All of the pieces are in place to make a legitimate run at another SEC East Division title and a return to the dome. With a couple of breaks along the way, the Dawgs may well end up in Miami on January 7th, 2013.

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