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Look ahead: UGA positions of need

Class of 2012 holds great promise, but key areas will be focus for next year

Updated: February 5, 2012, 5:19 PM ET
By Kipp Adams | DawgNation
Cordy GlennTodd Kirkland/Icon SMIWith Georgia going without the likes of departing senior and big NFL draft prospect Cordy Glenn (right) and others, newcomers John Theus and Mark Beard will fill holes but will still need help in 2013.
The Georgia Bulldogs might not have signed as many prospects as they would have liked in the Class of 2012, but the group ranked at No. 5 in that nation nonetheless, because the players signed were valuable additions to positions of need. The 19 signees included six ESPNU 150 members, one five-star recruit and nine four-star targets, giving the Bulldogs a lot of highly rated prospects on both sides of the ball.

Georgia coach Mark Richt wanted to avoid a repeat of the backfield issues of 2011, so he targeted and signed two of the best from the Tarheel State in five-star Keith Marshall (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) and four-star Todd Gurley (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro). The Bulldogs needed to replace starters at both offensive tackle spots, so Georgia signed John Theus (Jacksonville, Fla./Bolles), the top offensive lineman from Florida, and an athletic juco lineman, Mark Beard (Adamsville, Ala./Coffeyville, Kan., CC). They also addressed the graduation of former Ray Guy Award winner Drew Butler and Lou Groza finalist Blair Walsh early on, adding Marshall Morgan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./American Heritage) and Collin Barber (Cartersville, Ga./Cartersville) before the season began.


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