Greene calls 2003 season a success

Georgia is coming off of the most successful two-year stretch since the early 1980s and their signal caller confirmed that the season was in fact a triumph even though the Dawgs did not successfully defend their SEC title.

"We look at it like we are 11-3; we lost to two teams," said Georgia's David Greene. "Two of those losses came to the national champions."

LSU won the national championship Sunday night. The Tigers became the 4th different SEC program to win a national title in the last 11 seasons.

"By no means should this be considered a bad season. Obviously expectations were high this year to some degree," said Greene of the Dawgs' being picked to win the SEC East by the members of the media last summer. Georgia ended up ranked 6th in the final AP Poll and 7th in the final ESPN/USA Today Poll.

"People were concerned about how young we were but considering all of the injuries and everything that went on… we were able to fight through it," he added.

Still the Dawgs struggled at times with "inferior" opponents. Vanderbilt and Alabama-Birmingham fought Georgia hard into the 4th quarter but the Dawgs won.

Greene addressed that by saying: "You have to come out ready to play each week. That's one thing that we say all of the time but yet people don't believe us. You can beat if you don't come out ready to play each week. There's not as much difference between somebody like a UAB and Georgia."

Georgia could be picked as high as #3 in next season's opening polls. The media will likely choose between LSU and Georgia to win the 2004 SEC title next summer when they convene in Birmingham for the annual SEC Media Days. Georgia hosts LSU on October 2, 2004 in Athens.

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