No offense to the rockets being shot off into the summer sky Thursday, but the most exciting fireworks show this year may be in Athens this fall.
With 10 starters returning, the Georgia Bulldogs' offense may be the most explosive in the country in 2013.
All but one starter return to the squad that finished 3rd in the SEC in total and scoring offense in 2012.
Many expect the Dawgs' to put up similar or better numbers this season.
Even head coach Mark Richt sounds cautiously optimistic about his offense's potential.
"Just because we had success a year ago doesn't mean we're going to have the same success this year, even though we're only losing two players," Richt says. "We just have to be careful thinking that it's going to happen all over again. Now, should we be good? Yeah, we should. We have a lot of the right ingredients."
With all that firepower reloading, it's safe for one to question how anyone will stop the Dawgs in 2013.
"Hopefully they prepare good enough, and hope we have an off day," laughs WR Malcolm Mitchell.
Richt wouldn't go that far, saying it would be nice to break off as many big plays as 2012.
"Should we have success? Yes," Richt says. "But I don't know if we're going to break that many long runs or hit that many long bombs like we did a year ago. But we'll darn sure try, that's for sure."
The Dawgs will be lead by senior QB Aaron Murray, who will likely be a Heisman favorite in the preseason.
Murray threw for over 3800 yards and 26 TDs, while finishing second in the nation in passing efficiency.
The senior from Tampa will have plenty of weapons to throw to on the outside despite the loss of Tavarres King and Marlon Brown.
Valdosta's Malcolm Mitchell is expected to step into the number one receiver role, and Camilla's Justin Scott-Wesley is primed for a breakout year.
On the ground, the two-headed monster of RBs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall return for sophomore seasons.
The two combined for over 2000 yards in 2012.
Gurley and Marshall have the privilege of running behind five returning starters on the offensive line.
The Dawgs will need that offense to be off and running from the opening kickoff of the 2013 season.
Georgia opens at Clemson August 31, then hosts South Carolina the next week.
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