Georgia’s sports reporters got a closer look at the upcoming college football season at the annual Pigskin Preview event at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in Macon Tuesday.
Mercer Bears head coach Bobby Lamb was on hand to talk about the changes to his program just up the hill from the Sports Hall.
“I think the biggest challenge for us is going into the Southern Conference. Certainly the speed of the conference will be a lot different than what we played last year,” Lamb said.
Mercer finished with a 10-2 record in the Pioneer League last year in what was the team’s debut season. They head into Southern Conference play with their 2013 roster plus some new transfers and some freshmen.
At the top of Division I in Georgia, University of Georgia head coach Mark Richt talked about his brand new defensive coordinator.
“With Jeremy Pruitt coming in from Florida State, obviously just fresh off a National Championship game, to get him to come to Georgia was a big deal. We’re all excited about that,” Richt said.
Richt also has a new offense under now-starting quarterback Hutson Mason.
Defense was also top of mind for Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson with the return of both starting safeties and a grab bag of bright spots in other positions.
“I’m cautiously optimistic about the defense,” Johnson said, “I think we have a chance to be really good.”
UGA starts their season at home against Clemson. Mercer will start theirs at home against Reinhardt. Tech kicks off first against Wofford.