Expectations always run higher the second season.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart recognizes that. The Bulldogs are coming off an 8-5 record in 2016 in which they finished third in the SEC East. He noticed a change in the “culture and custom” at spring practice.

"The expectation of the intensity in practice was the biggest adjustment since my arrival," Smart said on the SEC teleconference Monday. "Every day bringing that attention to detail and enthusiasm. There's never a chance to relax. We can talk about sustainable focus. Can you sustain that focus through an entire practice?"

Expectations outside those practices are running even higher heading into 2017. This is Georgia, after all. The Bulldogs haven't finished better than third in the SEC East since 2012. They haven’t won a SEC championship since 2005 and haven't won a national championship since 1980.