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Saturday, May 18, 2013
DawgNation Week in Review

By David Ching

ATHENS, Ga. -- As Georgia’s coaching staff remains on the road observing high school spring practices, there has been plenty of activity to report on the recruiting front. It was also a time for some experts to weigh in on Georgia's recruiting efforts, as ESPN analysts Tom Luginbill and Craig Haubert stopped by DawgNation on Friday to answer some reader questions.

This week at DawgNation, we offered updates on a number of prospects -- including several who rank high on Georgia’s wishlist:

Our Radi Nabulsi rounded up the week in recruiting in this week’s “Tales from the Road” and also compiled some survey data from last year’s Georgia Junior Bowl, detailing some of the prospects’ feelings about the recruiting process.

We also caught resumed our series of coaches’ breakdowns on their former players this week with Aquinas’ Matt LeZotte discussing 2013 running back signee Brendan Douglas.

There was plenty of content from the team side this week, some of which came from our cohorts on ESPN’s SEC Blog or ESPN Insider.

Edward Aschoff profiled tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall and how they don’t mind sharing the workload out of the backfield.

Insider’s Travis Haney broke down the nation’s most talented teams, taking into account Mark Schlabach’s preseason rankings, NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.’s prospect ranking and ESPN recruiting class rankings. He ranked Georgia fifth on that list.

Haney also looked at the make-or-break aspects of the upcoming season from some of the nation’s top quarterbacks, including Georgia’s Aaron Murray.

Speaking of Murray, the senior is on Kiper’s list of quarterback prospects to watch this fall. Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell also earned notice from ESPN’s draft guru.

There were plenty of other team stories this week, including a feature detailing why Georgia’s offense became so explosive last season and what offensive coordinator Mike Bobo believes must happen this fall for the Bulldogs to remain so dangerous.

We also spoke with Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and men’s basketball coach Mark Fox at Wednesday’s UGA Day meeting in Atlanta and rounded up some of the news from their respective teams. Grantham also weighed in on the Bulldogs' youth at safety and whether that will be a concern this fall.

Finally, we recapped a springtime conversation with defensive end Garrison Smith about the process of adapting to a new position coach and offered updates on a pair of former Bulldogs linebackers, Christian Robinson (who is preparing to become a Georgia graduate assistant) and Rennie Curran (who recently published a book and leaves to play in the CFL at the end of the month).