Georgia offensive line coach Will Friend has wanted to develop a rotation of offensive linemen who can play in a pinch. He is closer to that goal than he has been.
Despite 35 ex-Bulldogs on active NFL rosters in 2012, Georgia hopes to finally end an eight-year drought since a Dawg defender became a first-round pick.
As Georgia's spring camp officially comes to a close, a few players made their presence felt while the depth chart on defense remains the big story.
Georgia's rebuilt defense had something to prove at the annual G-Day scrimmage, and they came through fairly well. Aaron Murray threw for 200 yards in a 23-17 by the Black over the Red.
Georgia couldn't have picked a better time for a change at defensive line coach. While Chris Wilson doesn't have the benefit of experienced players, he will get to mold who he has in his style.
Georgia didn't know what it had when it signed James DeLoach. After his performance in 2012, and his strong spring thus far, the Bulldogs might just have their strongside linebacker.
With veteran Damian Swann as the Georgia secondary's only sure thing, coaches are eager to put the glut of newcomers through the paces of spring and shake out which players will rise above the reset.
Depth on the offensive line was a major issue for the Georgia Bulldogs in recent seasons, but with every player back for 2013, it's now a position of great strength.
His first three years at Georgia were a struggle, with one injury after another. Now fully healthy, fifth-year senior Austin Long has a chance to compete for a starting job.
Todd Grantham says eight or nine starters are returning on defense, but the truth is it's only four regulars. Still, it's a managable amount of attrition.
Like all coaches, Georgia's leader wants to work on fundamentals and build team unity in spring practice, but most of all he wants competition -- in everything.
With 13 true freshmen already enrolled at UGA, the Bulldogs are ready to give them a chance in spring practice and see who can help fill some of the team's holes.
It's a good thing that freshmen Chris Mayes and John Atkins will be around for spring ball, as Georgia needs them to fill a major hole at nose tackle.
With star QB Aaron Murray and more than a dozen other key contributors, the Class of 2009 ranks as the best in the last seven years.
With John Jenkins graduating and Kwame Geathers leaving early for the NFL draft, Georgia has to replace more than 700 pounds worth of interior lineman. Redshirt freshman Jonathan Taylor leads a host of candidates.
As Georgia's starting QB for three years, Aaron Murray is intent on keeping a clean nose and sensible approach as the social media spotlight becomes more commonplace.