Georgia Bulldogs' defense a key focus of spring

photo Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons pressures Ole Miss.

photo Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell catches a pass against Ole Miss.

The Georgia Bulldogs were 5 yards short of winning last season's Southeastern Conference football championship and replacing Alabama as the league hope for a seventh consecutive national title.

Now they're back to square one.

After a 12-2 season that culminated with a victory over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl, the Bulldogs will open spring practice this morning in Athens. This is the 13th year Mark Richt will head the assembly process, and plans will start from the ground up instead of determining what to try in the waning moments next time against the Crimson Tide.