Moses takes over for a legend

ATHENS – Someone has to take the place of a legend - it's something Quentin Moses got a head start on in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day.

Moses got the fist start of his career against Wisconsin. He is expected to start next season in place of David Pollack, Georgia's career leader in sacks.

"No one person can replace David Pollack. He's one of the greatest – no he is the greatest defensive end ever to play at the University of Georgia," said Moses.

A native of Athens, Moses said starting for the Bulldogs has always been one of his dreams. Moses was told before the Bulldogs left for Tampa that he would be starting in front of fellow defensive end Will Thompson, if, and only if, he kept playing at a high level.

"They told me there was no guarantee I would start," he said, "but that I could only lose the position if I didn't give as much intensity in Tampa as I did in Athens.

Pollack's departure and Thompson's application for a sixth season with the Bulldogs means Moses is the only experienced defensive end the Bulldogs know will return next season – although Thompson's request for another season in Athens will likely be granted by the NCAA.

Quentin Moses said being from Athens makes his time with the Bulldogs even more special.

"Any of the local players from Athens that play at Clarke Central, Cedar Shoals, or Athens Academy all want to play for Georgia," Moses said. "You grow up going to the games and those weekends are always about Georgia football," said Moses. He said as a young man that he would go to the games and sell food and drinks at concession stands.

Now Moses is the starting defensive end for the Bulldogs. Not bad for a kid once peddling popcorn.


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