We know the drill. Yeah, the QB is coming back, but his top two targets from 2010 are now in the NFL. Nearly 50% of the catches and over 50% of the yards receiving from last year have to be replaced. Only two guys with over 300 yards receiving last season are back. Only two guys returning caught 25+ passes in 2010.
Not a good thing for a QB to try to over come, especially with a brand new offensive coordinator.
Wait, you thought I meant Aaron Murray? I'm talking about Boise State's Kellen Moore. For comparison sake, Aaron lost a shade over 40% of the catches and just under 48% of the yards receiving from 2010. So, is it just assumed that Kellen can, by sheer will, make those new guys play like receivers that are now in the league?
I'll grant Boise's running game has a much more experienced feature back and their offense was 150 ypg better than Georgia's last season. However, Georgia has continuity on their side (insert your own snark), with Boise State's offensive coordinator being poached as The Answer to Texas' offensive issues. Brent Pease will replace Bryan Harsin, the best offensive coordinator in Boise State's history.
More importantly, Moore is losing 41% of his career pass completions and 44% of his career yardage with Titus Young and Austin Pettis' departure.
I keep hearing how much Georgia lost with AJ Green and Kris Durham's departures. I agree. You know what I haven't heard? How much Titus Young and Austin Pettis' departures hurt Boise State. Now, there is no doubt Kellen Moore is the real deal. I am not debating that. I am saying that Young and Pettis' departures from Boise State mean at least as much to Boise's passing offense as Green and Durham's does to Georgia. Maybe more.
We find a way to slow down their running game and put Moore in a place of having to force throws at guys he might not trust or having to decide to tuck the ball, it could be a fun night.