After the Bulldogs suffered myriad injuries and limped through an 8-5 campaign in 2013, they might be poised to become one of the country's most improved teams this coming season. Bulldogs coach Mark Richt pulled off a major coup by luring Pruitt to Athens. Pruitt replaces former UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who left for Louisville, and inherits a defense that might bring back 10 starters. The Bulldogs will have to replace three starting offensive linemen and record-setting quarterback Aaron Murray
. But rising senior Hutson Mason
played pretty well in the last two games of 2013, after Murray suffered a season-ending knee injury. UGA's offense might be even more explosive after getting back injured receivers Malcolm Mitchell
and Justin Scott-Wesley
and tailback Keith Marshall
. Rising junior tailback Todd Gurley
also is coming back after running for 989 yards with 10 touchdowns, while playing much of this past season with a high ankle sprain.
For more on how the Dawgs will look in 2014, check out Georgia's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.
Cardinal coach David Shaw and his predecessor, current San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, have built a powerhouse on the Farm, guiding their teams to a 46-8 record during the past four seasons. But Stanford will have to replace all but one starter on the offensive line this coming season, after junior left guard David Yankey
and right tackle Cameron Fleming
decided to enter the NFL draft. Left tackle Andrus Peat
, a projected NFL first-round pick in 2015, is the only starter coming back on the offensive line. The Cardinal also loses tailbacks Tyler Gaffney
and Anthony Wilkerson
, who combined to run for more than 2,000 yards with 23 touchdowns in 2013. Stanford will also have to overcome heavy losses on defense, including linebackers Trent Murphy
and Shayne Skov
and safety Ed Reynolds
, another junior leaving for the NFL draft.
For more on how the Cardinal will look in 2014, check out Stanford's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.
The Bears, who went 11-2 and won the Big 12 championship this past season, should be right back in the mix this coming season. Baylor was able to sign coach Art Briles to a longtime contract extension, after Texas officials attempted to lure him to Austin. Briles and his staff will have to replace a lot of pieces from their high-flying offense, including junior tailback Lache Seastrunk
, who is turning pro. Quarterback Bryce Petty
is coming back, but the Bears will also have to replace All-America guard Cyril Richardson
and receiver Tevin Reese
. Only four starters are coming back on defense, and the Bears will have to replace three starters in their secondary. Briles continues to upgrade Baylor's talent, and incoming freshman receivers K.D. Cannon, Davion Hall, Ishmael Zamora and Chris Platt might be able to help right away.
For more on how the Bears will look in 2014, check out Baylor's recruiting profile and ESPN RecruitingNation's class rankings.