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Dawgs look to build on 2012 heartbreaking ending

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 Four yards.

That's all that separated Georgia from a trip to Miami for the national championship last season. On the last day of media days, the Dawgs say they are primed for another good year this season.

The pain of losing that SEC championship game is still evident for Georgia. But, the desire to get to that next level is even more apparent.

Mark Richt is an elder statesman in the SEC. He has seen the highs and lows. With quarterback Aaron Murray, it has been an exciting ride.

 "He leads by example, how he eats, how he trains, how he rests his body," Richt said. "If guys want to learn how to be a pro in college, you watch Aaron Murray."

Murray says he still thinks about that December night in Atlanta. But, he also realized how far his team has come.

"To go 6-7 my freshman year, 10-4, then 12-2, five yards away from winning a SEC Championship game and a chance to compete for a national championship, I think we are getting better and better every year. I think our confidence is growing as a team and as a program," Murray said.

Most of Georgia's offense is returning for 2013. But, defenders like Jarvis Jones do not. Garrison Smith says the Dawgs have plenty of young talent set to shine.

"I think Trey Matthews," said Smith. "He will show the world what he can do. And players like Ramik Wilson, Jonathan Taylor, Sterling Bailey, we just countless guys that can really play. I'm excited. Shaquille Wiggins, that's another guy that can play this year."

The Dawgs have a tough schedule to start the season. Mark Richt says his guys will be tested early.

" When we play Clemson, two really good teams are going to play and somebody is going to win, and somebody is going to lose. Same thing with South Carolina, LSU. You can beat a really good team and still get beat," Richt said.

Avoiding that will be the key to returning to Atlanta for redemption.

That game against Clemson will have the nation's attention. It is a primetime game against two potential top ten teams.

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