Jean-Gilles, a senior, was considering going to the NFL, but decided to return for his final season in Athens. Pope, a junior, is considered by most to be an All-American candidate. Blue, a senior from College Park, has gained weight this off-season and was voted the fifth best defensive back in the conference according to the Media.
Georgia was picked third overall by the Media – receiving nine first place votes in the SEC East and six overall SEC first place votes. Tennessee was picked by the Media as the overall SEC Champions while LSU was picked to win the West over Auburn and Alabama.