For most schools, an 8-5 season, second place in the division and a convincing bowl win would be cause for celebration. The bar's been pushed a little higher at Georgia however, and the team and fans alike were searching for more in 2009. After a defensive overhaul in the offseason and a highly-anticipated spring QB battle, the 'Dawgs will hit the 2010 season with a new look. Many of the usual suspects are back offensively- A.J. Green (1,771 career receiving yds, 14 TD's) at receiver with duo Washaun Ealey (717 yds, 5 total TD's in '09) and Caleb King (594 yds, 8 total TD's in '09) lining up at tailback. Adding a veteran line that should be one of the best in the conference, the big question is: how quickly can redshirt Freshman QB Aaron Murray get comfortable under center?
We talked with the man who boasts the game's sixth-highest active winning percentage at .769 (90-27) about new beginnings at quarterback and on defense in 2010.
Q. OK, coach. As we hit the summer months, fans tend to think of this as the down time, but I'm sure you're as busy as ever- what kinds of things are on your plate these days as you hit this summer stretch?
A. Well, our coaches just got off the road- they were on the road the last four weeks, gathering information about 2011 prospects... 2012 and 2013 for that matter. We're trying to make offers to young men, trying to get them committed if possible. We're trying to line up guys to come to camp so we can further evaluate them and teach them the fundamentals of football.
When the coaches came off the road, we spent a whole day with them gathering up their information in a systematic way. Then, we spent all our time just going over every guy that each coach saw and where we would rank them. We thought about who should be offered and who was close to that point and exchanged information on these young men to try and get the best class possible in 2011 and beyond.