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While one guy drew most of the attention a year ago, Murray is counting on several receivers to fill the huge void left by Green.

“We’ve got seven of eight guys who could start game one,” the quarterback said. “We’re that deep.”

Having spent a year in coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme, the defense figures to be the team’s strong point, at least in the early going while Georgia breaks in new starters at not only receiver, but running back.

Washaun Ealey and Caleb King both left the program, and touted freshman Isaiah Crowell is expected to quickly assume the role as the main guy taking handoffs from Murray.

Richt has not ruled out Crowell being the starter when the Bulldogs open Sept. 3 against Boise State, but the coach is also quick to note that every freshman has a lot to learn.

“I told them all, ‘Your goal is to learn what to do,’” he said. “Most of them have been here all summer. They realize we’ve got some pretty good players on the team. Now, we’re going to start installing things, and we’re going at a veteran pace, not a rookie pace. Their heads are swimming already.”

The Bulldogs, like teams across the South, had to deal with a blistering afternoon for their first practice. The temperature was in the mid-90s, and the humidity made it feel like the 100s.

Jonathan Jenkins, a 340-pound nose guard and another of the team’s top signees, was helped inside during the middle of practice with what might have been a heat-related problem, though it didn’t appear serious.

Georgia will need everyone on board for what it hopes to be a comeback season.

“It’s extreme motivation to hear people say coach Richt might be on the hot seat,” Jones said. “For us as players, to have put him in that kind of position, we’re extremely motivated to help him out and show what a great coach he actually is and show what great players we are.”