Georgia Football: Why the Bulldogs Have the Best Backfield in the Country

Brian JonesContributor IMay 23, 2013

Dec 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) call signals at the line of scrimmage against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the third quarter in the 2012 SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome.  Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Lindy’s Sports is one of the most well known sports magazines in the country because they do an in depth preview of college football, the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball and hockey.

The sports magazine, which is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, just recently released its college football preview magazine and one of the features they have is ranking the top units in the country.

For the top backfield, Lindy’s Sports gave that award to the Georgia Bulldogs.

But is it a surprise? It shouldn’t be, because the Bulldogs do have the best backfield in the country and they could potentially also be the best backfield in school history.

As all Bulldog fans know, the backfield consists of quarterback Aaron Murray, running back Keith Marshall and running back Todd Gurley. All three played extremely well last year and all three were a big reason the Bulldogs won the SEC East title.

Murray has a chance to be the most prolific quarterback in SEC history. He is on track to break the record for career pass completions, yards and touchdowns. He is the only quarterback in SEC history to throw for 3,000 yards in his first three seasons and there is no reason he won’t make it four years in a row.

The one thing he is looking to do is lead his team to a conference and national championship. Murray was only five yards away from achieving that goal last season and with him as well as the rest of the players in the backfield and on offensive line, the Bulldogs do have a very good shot of taking that next step.

Marshall was no slouch either when it came to production. The running back from North Carolina rushed for 759 yards and eight touchdowns. Not bad for a player who started only one game.

Marshall is an explosive runner that can score from anywhere on the field. He should only get better this season with a more experienced quarterback and offensive line.

The same thing can be said about Gurley who could very well be the best running back in the SEC. Gurley rushed for 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns which led all SEC running backs.

Not only did Gurley do his damage against lesser opponents such as Buffalo and Georgia Southern last season, the sophomore running back rushed for 118 yards against Florida and 125 yards against eventual national champions Alabama.

The Bulldogs will have some competition this season when it comes to the best backfield in the county. In fact, there’s a chance the Bulldogs may not have the best backfield in the SEC.

Texas A&M is no slouch because the Aggies feature Heisman winner Johnny Manziel and running backs Ben Malena and Trey Williams.

And we can’t forget about the Crimson Tide, because A.J. McCarron is back under center along with running back T.J. Yeldon and plethora of new running backs that can make an immediate impact.

If anyone wants to make an argument about the Aggies or the Crimson Tide having the best backfield in the country, they will have enough firepower to back it up.

But when it comes to quarterback play as well as running back production, the Bulldogs are on top.

And if Murray, Marshall and Gurley can put up the same numbers in 2013, more awards will be headed their direction in December and January.