First Look: Northwestern State

The third opponent for Georgia in 2002 hails from Natchitoches, Louisiana and the Southland Conference of Division 1AA, the Demons of Northwestern State.

Led by new Head Coach and former Demon QB star Scott Stoker, the Demons will bring a team that is laden with lettermen (45), seniors (20), and a lot of talent on the Defensive side of the ball. Northwestern State is a program used to winning, having made the Division 1AA playoffs 3 of the last 5 years and posted an 8-4 mark last year, 4-2 in the SLC. good for third place. HC Stoker returns to his alma mater after a nine year stint with the McNeese State Cowboys, the last two as DC. At 34, Stoker is a very young HC by most standards, but moving back home to lead his Demons to the promised land was too good to pass up.

The 2002 edition of the Northwestern State Demons are seen by two publications in the Top 25 of the Pre-Season Division 1AA rankings, Lindy's has them at #18, SportsNetworks at #25. Pretty lofty rankings considering that the Demons return only 4 Offensive starters, but they return 8 on Defense, including Pre-Season Defensive POTY Terrence McGee, a consensus All American and DE Ahmad Willis, also an All American.

The Demon Offense wasn't shabby last year, averaging 350 ypg and 27.7 ppg, good for 4th in Total Offense in the SLC. This Fall, the QB job will be decided between two Seniors, RS Ben Beach the '00 starter, and Kevin Magee, who tallied the lone score in the Spring Game. At TB, the Demons have 3 Seniors and 3 Sophs vying for the position. The leaders coming out of Spring were Soph. Clint Roy (6-2, 215) who really impressed and Sr. Jomaine Sanders (5-11, 186). The WR's will be led by Sr. Devon Lockett (6-1, 163) and Sr. Freddie Harrison (6-4, 195), and Jr. Cory Bell (6-0, 185). At TE, the starter will come from a group of four on the roster, the lone upperclassman Jr. Mark Morris (6-5, 245) will have the inside track. The OL will require a nearly complete rebuild, as only 2 Seniors and 3 Juniors and 4 Sophs, along with some 6 Freshmen are all that are on the roster. Size wise, the Demons will be light even by Division 1AA standards, averaging 6-3, 263.

Defense is where the Demons will be tough. Led by Mr. Everything, CB Terrence McGee, Sr. All-American will lead the second ranked unit in the SLC, which surrendered only 291 ypg and 18.5 ppg. Leading the DL will be AA DE Ahmand Willis (6-1, 262) and Jr. Stefon Bostick (6-0, 235), with Sr. Chris Jones (6-3, 285) back at DT. The LB's feature 2nd team AA Kurt Rodriguez (6-2, 238) a SR, Germond Williams (6-0, 213), another Sr. The corners and safeties are the strength, with McGee and a swarm of juniors and seniors in the 4-2-5 setup.

Special teams will be fine on the return side as McGee is on pace to break the punt return average all time in Division 1AA, oh he does kickoff's too. Now kicking it will be a mystery as both the placement guy and the punter have graduated.

Needless to say, physically, this is a mismatch of horrendous proportions, but the Demons have #26, remember that number for he will be everywhere and should offer our WR's some good stiff competition. The Dawgs should have no problem dictating how the game goes as Northwestern State will be giving up over 50 lbs. a man and more across the lines of scrimmage.

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