Fri., July 30, 2010 3:22pm (EDT)

Bulldogs Look Toward Possibility, Growing Pains
By Rickey Bevington
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Updated: 4 years ago

Georgia football practice kicks off Monday in Athens as the team looks to break in a new quarterback and defensive staffers.  (photo courtesy Tennessee Journalist)
Georgia football practice kicks off Monday in Athens as the team looks to break in a new quarterback and defensive staffers. (photo courtesy Tennessee Journalist)
Georgia football pre-season kicks off Monday with the first practice in Athens.

And it could be a season of both possibility and growing pains.

The Bulldogs could pose a serious challenge to Florida this year, after the Gators lost players to the pro’s – including Heisman-winning quarterback Tim Tebow.

10 Georgia starters are returning on offense.

But growing pains are also likely with an untested freshman quarterback in Aaron Murray, and four new defensive staffers.

Athens Banner-Herald sports editor David Ching says changes on defense make Georgia particularly vulnerable to Georgia Tech come November.

"Whether they will have adjusted enough to be able to contain Tech offense is going to be interesting."

Georgia did beat Tech last year.

UGA Coach Mark Richt has won 90 games in his 9 years with the team, and will be looking to revive his double-digit-win-per-season average after winning just 8 games last year.