Keep the Faith
Throughout the first five games of the college football season, drama and excitement have been synonymous with Georgia football. As USA Today points out, three of Georgia’s four wins in 2013 have been determined in the final minutes. Even the contest with North Texas featured multiple lead changes.
Pessimists will argue that many of the nail-biting moments were signs of a flawed team that struggled to put away the opposition. However, we here at UGAMADDAWG choose to believe there are greater forces at work. This Georgia Bulldog team is special.
In light of the recent injury bug, I have taken it upon myself to encourage Georgia Bulldog football fans everywhere to keep the faith. Some of my reasoning is outlined below.
Aaron Murray’s Last Stand
Prior to the 2013 campaign, Athlon Sports rated UGA starting quarterback Aaron Murray as the sixth most overrated quarterback in college football. The article also pointed out that Murray is a diminutive passer. You have got to love any writer that uses a ten dollar word to describe someone as short. This season, Murray seems poised to lead his Dawgs to win the SEC crown that has eluded him during his time in Athens.
No matter how much adversity befalls this football team, Aaron Murray under center gives the Bulldogs a chance to win. Now the all-time leading passer in Southeastern Conference history, Murray has developed into a young man that can carry the team on his shoulders.
Chris Conley is Awesome
The one-handed catch made by Chrs Conley against Tennessee may have been the catch of the year thus far. The UGA wide receiver has been grabbing everything thrown his way, and Conley seems determined to leave his paw print on Georgia football far beyond what happened in the final eight seconds of the 2012 SEC Championship Game.
Todd Gurley Needs to get Healthy
Georgia running back Todd Gurley is a difference maker. With respect to Keith Marshall, Gurley is a man among boys. If UGA is going to get back to Atlanta for a third straight year, the Dawgs need to be able to hand the ball to TGII.
Georgia’s Young Defense is Only Going to get Better
Georgia’s defense is filled with potential. At some point, experience will help the Bulldog D realize its potential. Patience is a virtue, and Bulldog Nation must stay patient with coach Grantham and the personnel that he puts on the field.
Emotional Mark Richt
This final point goes back to the LSU game in week five. Coach Mark Richt got visibly emotional watching his football team overcome the LSU tigers. Mark Richt wants to win a national title; he has been busting his ass in Athens for over a decade. While a crystal ball does not define Mark Richt’s career, it would catapult his legacy into legendary status.
Football Season is a Wonderful Time of Year
No college football team, not even that one in Tuscaloosa, should measure success by a national championship alone. Unrealistic expectations can ruin magical moments if Bulldog Nation does not remember to enjoy the ride.
The University of Georgia absolutely strives to field the best football team possible. Even so, there is a lot of luck involved in winning a national championship. The difference between Alabama’s third national championship in four years and Georgia’s first in three plus decades was less than ten yards. Keep the faith, Bulldog Nation.