Varnado is an incredible defender, and he is pretty crafty around the basket. The thought is, though, that with the loss of Jamont Gordon and Charles Rhodes, Mississippi State will be lacking in scoring punch. Not much is expected, then, from "the other bulldogs." College Hoops expects State to come in at #9 in the SEC.
For reference, College Hoops ranked UGA as #125, projecting the Dawgs to be next to last in the SEC. It's hard to disagree with the analysis, since on paper UGA will have to replace the scoring and defense of Jacob, Bliss, Gaines and Humphrey.
However, my sense is that although the starting five for UGA might not be that imposing, the next five off the bench will have huge contributions. Leslie, Thompkins and Ware will hopefully get enough minutes early to get them adjusted to SEC play. If Anyaorah can shoot and defend, Georgia may surprise.