Spring Football 2012: Georgia, Norm Chow's Hawai'i Starting Up Practice

Beginning spring football Tuesday are [deep breath] the Akron Zips, Buffalo Bulls, Connecticut Huskies, Hawai'i Warriors, Iowa St. Cyclones, Georgia Bulldogs, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Syracuse Orange and Utah Utes. That's a lot of teams! It's actually the busiest day for spring football kickoffs all season, and the best part is that it's actually finally spring now.

The Dawgs are the biggest story here, seeing as they're the reigning SEC East champions and return pretty much everybody from one of the country's best defenses. Offensive line is the biggest question, with three starters gone, and it's not clear if any defensive backs will actually suit up for the first two weeks after a couple dismissals and some suspensions. But if they can shore up their protection for Aaron Murray and bolt together a secondary, UGA could contend for the SEC title, which sounds like a weird thing to say about a team that played in the SEC Championship last year.

Norm Chow takes over at Hawai'i, finally getting his first chance as a head coach after many years as an accomplished college coordinator and position coach. Terry Bowden makes his thundering return to the big time, having to make something of challenged Akron, and Utah brings back former* quarterback Brian Johnson as its new offensive coordinator.

* Not very former. He played in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, which was, like, yesterday.

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