Returning to aid the Bulldogs ground game in the fall will be the running back tandem of Thomas Brown (5-8, 185 Jr.) and fullback Brannan Sutherland (6-0, 242, So.). Brown led the team with 736 rushing yards for 4 touchdowns in 2005, while Southerland totaled five touchdowns; three on the ground and two through the air.
Composing the receiving corps this year looks to be Mohamed Massaquoi (6-2, 198, So.), Mario Raley (6-1, 190, Sr.), Kenneth Harris (6-3, 214, So.), A.J. Bryant (6-2, 195, Jr.) and T.J. Gartrell (6-1, 186, Jr.), all of whom lettered last season. Massaquoi was the second leading receiver for the Bulldogs last season, recording 505 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
At tight end, which is a position
The offensive line will bring back a pair of third year starters in 2nd team All-SEC tackle
Joining the two veterans on the line will be Ken Shackleford (6-5, 315, Sr.) at tackle and either Fernando Velasco (6-4, 315 Jr.) or Zeb McKinzey (6-3, 285, Jr.) and Chester Adams (6-4, 320, Jr.) at guard.
The biggest question for
The leading candidate for the quarterback is last years backup, Joe Tereshinski (6-3, 217, Sr.), who compiled 371yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions a year ago. Also competing for the job will be redshirt freshman Joe Cox (6-1, 200), Blake Barnes (6-3, 219, So.) and the high touted newcomer Matthew Stafford (6-3, 225, Fr.), who many feel was the top quarterback recruit in the country.
Defensively, the Bulldogs bring
back five starters from last year's squad, including a trio of linebackers in
Jarvis Jackson (6-2, 218, Sr.), Tony Taylor (6-1, 237, Sr.) and Brandon Miller
(6-4, 248 Jr.).
Another potential factor at
cornerback will be true freshman Asher Allen (5-10, 180), who enrolled at
At free safety, the earlier front runner is Kelin Johnson (6-1, 192, Jr.), though he could also share time with returning letterman Drew Williams (6-0, 197, Jr.) and redshirt freshman Antavious Coates (6-4, 200).
Anchoring the Bulldog defensive
line will be 2005 All-SEC selection Quentin Moses (6-5, 250, Sr.) at end. Moses
led the defensive charge for
On special teams,
Also returning to the kicking game will be place kicker Brandon Coutu (6-0, 185, Jr.). During the 2005 campaign, Coutu was 23-29 on field goal attempts, including three successful tries over 50 yards. He was also a perfect 45-45 on extra points.
Looking to return kicks this season will be Ramarcus Brown (5-11, 173, So.). Thomas Flowers will take the lead role of punter returner again in 2006. Last season, Flowers returned 32 punts for 438 yards and one touchdown.
All-Time Series: 14-10-1
1928, LSU 13,
Last Meeting: 2004, Georgia 34, LSU 14 (SEC)
Head Coach: Mark Richt, 52-12, 5 years and overall
2005 in Review: 10-3, 6-2 SEC
Final '05 Ranking: 10 both AP and Coaches
Off. / Def. Systems: Pro-Style / 4-3 Multiple
Returning Starters: 11; 4 offense, 5 defense, kicker, punter
Last Bowl Appearance: 2006 Sugar Bowl
Last Conference Championship: 2005
Total Offense: 391.2 (3rd - SEC / 49th - NCAA)
Rushing Offense: 162.2 (3rd - SEC / 43rd - NCAA)
Passing Offense: 229.0 (2nd - SEC / 49th - NCAA)
Scoring Offense: 29.5 (2nd - SEC / 42nd - NCAA)
Total Defense: 313.5 (5th - SEC / 18th - NCAA)
Rushing Defense: 143.8 (8th - SEC / 52nd - NCAA)
Passing Defense: 169.6 (2nd - SEC / 7th - NCAA)
Scoring Defense: 16.4 (4th - SEC / 8th - NCAA)
Turnover Margin: +11 (2nd - SEC / 14th - NCAA)
Rushing: Thomas Brown – 147 rushes, 736 yards, 4 TD
Passing: Joe Tereshinski – 49-25-2, 371 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: Mohamed Massaquoi – 38 catches, 505 yards, 2 TD
Tackles: Jarvis Jackson – 84 TT (56S, 28A)
Date Opponent '05 Result
S-16 Ala.-Birmingham ---
S-30 at Ole Miss ---
O-14 Vanderbilt W, 34-17
N-25 Georgia Tech W, 14-7
VIEW FORM THE OTHER SIDE:
When Georgia lines up for its 2006 season, they will be defending the SEC title for the second time in four seasons, but the number one question on Georgia's football team is which quarterback will be the starter.
Senior Joe Tereshinski, who has one career start, will get the nod at the start of the campaign, but young Matthew Stafford will get his shot if things don't go well for the Dawgs in September.
Diamonds in the rough…
The best Bulldog you have
never heard of is cornerback Paul Oliver, who takes over as the top pass
defender for the Bulldogs this fall. Oliver is big and fast, and it now looks
like he's starting to live up to his potential. Asher Allen, a true freshman who
returns kicks and also plays cornerback, should certainly be considered an
impact freshman along with
- Dave McMahon, DawgPost.com