ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia regained its status as a SEC contender in 2011.
The Bulldogs, who won the SEC Eastern Division title last season, are expecting to do more than just contend in 2012. The next step is winning the Southeastern Conference championship, which could put Georgia in contention for a national title.
Coach Mark Richt has no shortage of big names to lead the pursuit of the program's first SEC championship since 2005, including quarterback Aaron Murray, who set a school record with 35 touchdown passes last season.
Georgia returns nine starters from the nation's fifth-ranked defense, including two 2011 first-team All-America picks — outside linebacker Jarvis Jones and safety Bacarri Rambo. Malcolm Mitchell could be a breakout two-way star at cornerback and wide receiver.