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Piss On Those Techies (Georgia Bulldogs Preview)

Posted by Ryne E. Hancock on August 18, 2007

As legendary Chicago Cubs announcer Jack Brickhouse once said, “Anyone can have a bad year or century”.

Although in a sense last year’s Georgia Bulldogs went to the Peach Bowl and defeated the Hokies to cap a 9-4 season, the folks between the hedges experienced something that hasn’t been seen in the Mark Richt era: a mediocre conference record and a home loss to Vanderbilt, something that hadn’t happened since 1990 for the ‘Dores, and a 51-30 drubbing at the hands of the Tennessee Volunteers in front of a nationally televised audience.

On offense, the Bulldogs return fullback Brandon “Not Sure If He’s Related to Michelle” Southerland, who ran for 120 yards and 8 touchdowns as well as having 14 catches for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is joined by quarterback Matthew Stafford, who had a somewhat below-average year manning the Bulldogs’ offense, playing in all 13 games and throwing for 1,749 yards as well as 7 touchdowns. Since the Bulldogs lost backup Joe Tereneshki to graduation, the Georgia offense will rest solely on Stafford’s shoulders.

The receiving corps will miss the services of Martez Milner, who led the team in receptions with 30 catches for 425 yards in 2006 but should still remain a threat with the return of Mohammed Massaquoi, who shared the team lead for receptions with 30 catches for 366 yards. These two will be joined by seniors A.J. Bryant and Pierce Croffie, who will bring veteran experience to the table for the Bulldogs’ offense.

The defense will be built around senior senior strong safety Kelin Johnson, who finished third on the team with 60 tackles with two forced fumbles in 2006 and he will be joined by senior linebacker Brandon Miller who tallied 23 tackles for the Bulldogs in 2006. The defense for the most part, from what’s been written about them in various blogs around the Internet, seems to be primed to improve on what was a down season for the folks between the hedges.

Final analysis: For years, the Bulldogs were without question the third-best team in the SEC East under coaches Ray Goff and Jim Donnan, and since the Mark Richt era began in 2001, the Bulldogs have been, for lack of better of terms, the class of the SEC East over the last five years. With a revival at Kentucky, South Carolina on the verge of doing big things, and the ever-present heavyweights in Tennessee and Florida, the Bulldogs will be still stuck in the middle with some limited improvement in their record.

Projected record: 9-3 (5-3 SEC)

2007 Georgia Bulldogs

Sept. 1st Oklahoma State

Sept. 8th South Carolina

Sept. 15th Western Carolina

Sept. 22nd @ Alabama

Sept. 29th Ole Miss

Oct. 6th @ Tennessee

Oct. 13th @ Vanderbilt

Oct. 27th Florida @ Jacksonville, Fla.

Nov. 3rd Troy

Nov. 10th Auburn

Nov. 17th Kentucky

Nov. 24th @ Georgia Tech

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