2004 SEC Football Preview: Georgia

2004 SEC Football Preview: Georgia

Mark Richt's Georgia team is coming off two straight appearances in the SEC Championship Game, and with All-Americans like David Greene and David Pollack returning, some are picking the Bulldogs to win it all. Our SEC Previews continue with a capsule look at Georgia.

COACHING

Head Coach: Mark Richt (Career Rec: 32-8-0)
Offensive Coordinator: Neil Callaway
Defensive Coordinator: Brian VanGorder

2003 Record: 11-3 overall (5-2 SEC)

2003 NCAA STATS RANKINGS

Total Offense: 58th (380.3)
Rushing Offense: 74th (134.9)
Passing Offense: 37th (245.4)
Scoring Offense: 64th (26.5)
Total Defense: 4th (276.9)
Rushing Defense: 13th (102.4)
Pass Defense: 6th (174.5)
Scoring Defense: 3rd (14.5)

STARTERS RETURNING

Offense (10):


SE Reggie Brown (6-1, 195, Sr.)
ST Daniel Inman (6-7, 321, So.)
SG Josh Brock (6-3, 284, Jr.)
TG Bartley Miller (6-4, 302, Jr.)
C Russ Tanner (6-4, 290, Jr.)
TT Max Jean-Gilles (6-4, 340, Jr.)
*QB David Greene (6-3, 230, Sr.)
FB Jeremy Thomas (5-11, 238, Sr.)
TB Michael Cooper (5-11, 215, So.)
FL Fred Gibson (6-4, 196, Sr.)

Defense (7):


DT Gerald Anderson (6-2, 318, Jr.)
*DE David Pollack (6-3, 276, Sr.)
SLB Arnold Harrison (6-3, 225, Sr.)
MLB Odell Thurman (6-1, 230, Jr.)
WLB Tony Taylor (6-1, 225, Jr.)
*FS Thomas Davis (6-1, 220, Jr.)
WC Tim Jennings (5-8, 164, Jr.)
* All-Star Candidates

Roster

TEAM STRENGTHS

Quarterback, offensive line, linebacker, defensive line.

TEAM QUESTION MARKS

Defensive secondary depth.

KEY GAME

Oct 2, LSU. The winner of this game will be in great shape to win their respective division.

HEAD COACH'S COMMENTS

"I think the leadership we have is outstanding. When you have a David Pollack and David Greene, that's very good to have. Men of high character. Good players, good students."

"Real curious to see if the OL will really gel and play as good as I hope they can. We've moved Max-Jean Gilles to guard, more of his natural position. But he was by far the best tackle we had. We think we have three who can hold the fort at tackle and let Max move inside."

"I think they have to name somebody No. 1. People look at what did last year, who you're losing, how many starters return. I don't know if we're in any better position to win it this year. All comes down to if you win the close games. There will be a lot of close games, I can tell you that."

VandyMania Projection

2004 SCHEDULE AND GAME PREDICTIONS


Sept. 4 GEORGIA SOUTHERN, W 31-9
Sept. 11 at South Carolina, W 21-14
Sept. 18 MARSHALL, W 35-10
Oct. 2 LSU, W 13-10
Oct. 9 TENNESSEE, W 31-17
Oct. 16 VANDERBILT, W 27-17
Oct. 23 at Arkansas, W 30-17
Oct. 30 vs. Florida, W 20-17
Nov. 6 at Kentucky, W 35-21
Nov. 13 at Auburn, W 24-21
Nov. 27 GEORGIA TECH, W 45-20

VandyMania's 2004 Georgia prediction: 12-0, (8-0 SEC)

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