Not surprisingly, it all comes down to one player for Gary:
5. Georgia’s Aaron Murray is a bigger key to his team’s success than any other quarterback in the SEC.
“Georgia is pretty talented on defense, and when you’re that strong in the front seven you always have a chance. I think the move of [wide receiver] Malcolm Mitchell [to cornerback] is a tremendous move. I was not a fan of [dismissed running back] Isaiah Crowell. I thought he was a soft player. They will be fine at running back.
“The key to Georgia’s season is going to be the play of Murray. He runs hot and cold. Can he put together one of those seasons that allow the coaches to depend on him? If Murray [a junior] gives a senior year-type performance, then Georgia has the type of schedule that allows them to have a very good year. That second game at Missouri [on Sept. 8] is the one I’m watching.”
The man does love his quarterbacks. But I see he’s still hung up on the spread offense.
On Auburn, switching from the spread offense to a power running game under new OC Scott Loeffler: “Auburn continues the trend of teams realizing that if they are going to recruit the elite athlete, they must show they can get them ready for the pros. You can’t depend on having a Cam Newton every year. To play that way, you have to be willing to punt a few times and trust your defense. You have to make sure your quarterback doesn’t beat you. It’s a totally different mindset.”
About recruiting those elite athletes – ol’ Gare’ might want to check out the SEC recruiting rankings. TAMU is more than holding its own.