ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — When Aaron Murray steps to the line, he's got weapons all around.
There are speedy receivers and sure-handed receivers. There's a big tight end and no shortage of talented running backs. The guys up front are an experienced bunch, giving Georgia's quarterback plenty of confidence when he drops into the pocket.
No wonder the ninth-ranked Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) have been really clicking with the ball in their hands.
Georgia goes into Saturday's big game against No. 6 LSU (4-0, 1-0) with one of the country's top offenses, averaging more than 40 points and 574 yards per game.
While Murray, a fifth-year senior, plays a huge role in the team's success, the biggest thing is balance. The Bulldogs have depth at every position, giving their experienced quarterback plenty of options.
"It's a fun offense to be involved in," Murray said.
Georgia has always been a program built around the ground game — you might remember a back named Herschel Walker — and nothing has really changed there. Sophomore Todd Gurley is a bruising runner who already has a pair of 100-yard games. Keith Marshall provides a slashing change of pace off the bench. Even 257-pound fullback Quayvon Hicks has shown he's more than just an extra blocker.
Of course, the Bulldogs also have one of the most prolific passers in SEC history, a quarterback who seems like he's been around Athens forever. It's only natural that offensive coordinator Mike Bobo would keep opening things up for Murray, allowing him to do everything from working out of the no-huddle to calling plays with four and five receivers.
"The core of who we are as an offense has stayed the same," receiver Mike Conley said. "But we realize we've got so many weapons, you don't want them all to be sitting on the bench. You want to get them on the field and spreading teams out. We can hurry teams up with the no-huddle. When you have a quarterback who's done this offense for years and can read defenses, you don't have to huddle on every single play. Let him see what's going on, check and make a play, and let's play fast."
Murray is averaging more than 346 yards a game through the air, and seven touchdown passes have pushed him to 102 in his career.
There's no telling who Murray might throw to on any given play. Conley, Michael Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley are tied for the team lead with 10 catches apiece. Tight end Arthur Lynch has eight receptions and a pair of touchdowns. Marshall and Gurley are threats out of the backfield, combining for 11 catches.