Two scrimmages in and a few more spring practices to go, veteran Bulldogs have noticed a few potential breakout stars, most notably Tray Matthews.
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.
With every reason to get rattled -- playing poorly on the road against a fired-up opponent -- the Georgia Bulldogs held it together and made plays, resulting in a 41-20 win over Missouri.
Learning on the fly and overcoming high school flaws can be a tall order for a college freshman, but Georgia's John Theus has the grit, confidence and talent to have earned a starting spot, while fellow frosh Greg Pyke is earning similar praise.
Going up against Georgia's brick-wall veteran defense is daunting, but this spring it made the young and suspect offense better, and certainly more prepared for the 2012 season.
Georgia's stingy defensive line of 2011 shows no signs of slowing in 2012, as leaders John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers guide the group into being one of the best in the nation.
Georgia and D-coordinator Todd Grantham have fought to the very last minute to win over Peach State four-star Jordan Jenkins, who will announce his decision tonight.
A veteran Georgia secondary has been as strong if not stronger than advertised, but the special teams have been surprisingly poor.
True freshman WR Chris Conley bided his time, kept working hard and has earned his playing time as injuries at his position have mounted.
There's no escaping the fact the Georgia program is in decline, but Mark Richt and his players believe they can turn things around.