In only his second year as head coach of the University of Georgia's football program, Mark Richt led the Dawgs to the school's first SEC Championship since the Vince Dooley era. After a somewhat sluggish start, the Dawgs rolled through the regular season convincingly with a 11-1 regular season record before dominating Arkansas in the SEC title game and Florida State in the 2003 Sugar Bowl.
Georgia's 2002 season success can be largely attributed to the presence of a number of senior football players who brought both game experience, focus and leadership to the Georgia football squad.
The 2003 off-season hasn't been kind to the Dawgs. A number of seniors from the 2002 team have expended eligibility, other key juniors opted for the NFL Draft, and the remainder of the team has been plagued by number of off season disciplinary issues that have threatened eligibility. Even offensive coordinator Neil Calloway found himself in the spotlight as a consequence of a DUI arrest in the off-season.
The majority of sportswriters covering the Dawgs seem content to crown them the next great power in the SEC. We beg to differ. While Richt's staff has assembled a fine cast of players, we believe that they are still two years away from reaching their full potential as a national championship caliber football team.
Is Mark Richt the real deal at Georgia? His 2 year record of 21-5 at the helm of the Dawg football program may lead one to believe that he may well be. However, we are reminded that other former FSU assistants had success initially only to fail with regard to the long term prospects of running SEC and ACC programs. Terry Bowden won with Pat Dye's talent at Auburn before struggling mightily beyond his second year. Tommy Bowden had two successful teams at Clemson. However, his team's production fell off dramatically as former Coach Tommy West's players graduated and Bowden had to rely on the results of his own uneven recruiting. Brad Scott took USC to its first ever bowl win with former Coach Sparky Woods' players only to completely bankrupt the program's talent by his fifth season.
The jury is still out on Richt. He has been quite effective in coaching veteran athletes recruited by former Georgia Coach Jim Donnan. While his classes have been highly ranked on signing day, Richt's recruits have not yet had the opportunity to earn their keep on the field. Players note that, unlike former coach Jim Donnan, Richt and staff maintain a certain distance from the players on a day to day basis.
2003 will be a telling year for Richt and his staff at Georgia. It is time for the three talented recruiting classes that Richt has brought in to contribute. Due to losses that the Dawgs have suffered from the 2002, the newcomers will have to contribute in a big way if the team is to come anywhere close to the success of its 2002 performance.
Georgia Offense vs. Carolina Defense
In 2002, the Dawgs were led offensively by quarterback David Greene (6'3" 230 Jr). In 14 games, Greene threw for 2924 yards and 22 touchdowns in leading the Dawg offense to an average of 32.1 points per game. Backup quarterback DJ Shockley was also impressive completing 61.5% of his passes with five touchdowns in limited action.
There is no doubt that Georgia is extremely deep at the quarterback position. Shockley could start at quarterback for no less than five other SEC teams if he chose to transfer. Unlike Greene, who is a pure drop back pro-style passer, Shockley is an athletic quarterback who can hurt opponents as much with the run as he can with the pass. Shockley's 3.0 per yard rushing average was fifth on the team in 2002, an unusual statistic for a quarterback.
The biggest loss for the Dawgs comes on the offensive line. Three members of the interior line two deep from the 2002 team were either drafted or signed free agent contracts with NFL Clubs in the off-season. George Foster was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round. Jon Stinchcomb signed a free agent contract with the Denver Broncos. And, Kevin Breedlove signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers. The two other starters, Kareem Marshall and Ian Knight, have expended their eligibility
A look at the Georgia offensive line depth chart, illustrates that the Dawgs possess youth, youth, and youth. Early indicators are that the Dawgs will start four sophomores on its offensive line. On one occasion in the spring, the Dawg coaches had to cancel a scrimmage due to its inability to field a complete OL due to the lack of depth. The fall offensive line depth chart is expected to have a number of true freshmen on its second and third teams.
Rock Hill's Ben Watson (6'3" 255 Sr) returns as the lone starter on the offensive line at Tight End. In January 2003, Watson declared himself eligible for the NFL draft before deciding to return to Georgia for his senior year within the 72 hours allowed by the NCAA. In 2002, Watson caught 31 passes for an 11 yard average. He is a potent player with 4.55 speed. Given the fact that the rest of the young line may not be completely up to snuff, Watson may see the opportunity to catch plenty of hurried passes from Greene in 2003.
Russ Tanner (6'4" 290 So) is the odds on favorite to replace the graduated Ian Knight who started 14 games in 2002. Tanner saw a limited number of snaps in 2003, playing in seven games. The guard positions left open by the graduation of Breedlove and Alex Jackson will most likely go to Bartley Miller (6'4" 304 So) and Josh Brock (6'3" 290 So). Miller saw action in 11 games in a backup role as a true freshman in 2002. Brock, a former Clemson early commitment who ended up spurning the Taters for Georgia, played in 14 games in 2002 as a true freshman including three starts. Brock and Miller will likely be backed up by Reggie Weeks (6'4" 295 RSo) and true Freshman Zeb McKinsey (6'3" 290).
The Dawgs will put two huge tackles on the field in Max-Jean Gilles (6'4"348 So) and Daniel Inman (6'7" 315 RSo) who was very impressive in spring drills. As a true freshman in 2002, Gilles reported to camp almost 20 pounds overweight which nearly led to him being red-shirted. Instead, Gilles ended up contributing in all 14 games including a start in the SEC Championship Game. Gilles is an extremely talented player who, barring injury will play on Sundays in the future.
Dennis Roland (6'9" 309 RSo) is too talented to sit and will be a primary back up for either Inman or Gilles if he does not win the starting job from Inman in the fall.
The Dawgs will also have to replace starting tailback Musa Smith who declared for the NFL draft after rushing for 1324 yards and 8 touchdowns in 2002. Also, a replacement will be needed for solid blocking fullback J.T Wall who was the third round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2003 NFL draft. The competition will be thick for Smith's job among backups Tony Milton (5'10" 200 RSo) who was the second leading rusher for the Dawgs last year with a 3.1 yard per carry average; Tyson Browning (5'8" 160 So); and true freshman Kregg Lumpkin (6'1" 200) who was regarded by many to be the second best high school tailback in the nation behind Gamecock signee Demetris Summers. The fullback job will likely fall to Jeremy Thomas (5'11" 249 Jr) who played sparingly last year after transferring from Air Force.
From a receiving perspective, the Dawgs will clearly miss the 1000 yard and 11 touchdown contribution of Terence Edwards who led the team in receptions last season. What remains from last year's team at the position is deep, physical and a threat to score whenever it touches the ball.
Fred Gibson (6'4"196 Jr) caught 43 balls for 758 yards in 2002. However, the statistical weight analysis on Gibson supports the notion that he may not be heavy or strong enough to be the primary receiver in the Georgia Offense for an entire season. The official title of "go to guy" may go to senior Michael Johnson (6'3" 220). Johnson is a very physical WR who's not afraid to block or fight for a jump ball. His 13 receptions in the 2002 Auburn game seemed to be a statement from Richt, Neil Calloway and John Eason as to who the primary receiver in their next offense would be. The backups for Gibson and Johnson will be Reggie Brown (6'1" 195 Jr) and Damien Gary (5'10" 187 Sr). True freshman Sean Bailey, who's services the Dawgs won a heated recruiting battle for, may press for time by the end of the season.
If the Dawgs will have an offensive achilles heel in 2003, it is clearly the offensive line that may give them problems. Not because of a lack of talent. Instead, because of a lack of starting game experience coupled with the leadership losses attributed to the graduating seniors from the 2002 team.
The projected Carolina four man front of Thompson, Shropshire, Thorne/Jackson, and Gause matches up very well in terms of size and strength against this unit. The key for the Gamecocks will be the ability to pressure Greene with safety and linebacker blitzes. That will keep him off balance and keep the bigger quicker Georgia receivers from breaking coverage for big gains down field. By forcing Greene to throw underneath the linebackers in the zone, the Gamecocks may effectively neutralize Gibson with a few physical hits early in the first quarter.
The Dawg offensive line doesn't have the experience or size to outmuscle the Gamecock defensive line. Accordingly, the Georgia running game may be effectively neutralized, thus allowing the Gamecock linebackers to cheat the rush against Greene. The one thing that the Gamecocks cannot do is allow Greene to sit in the pocket while his receivers get in single coverage down the field. The receiver/corner matchups clearly favor the Dawgs.
Georgia hasn't scored an offensive touchdown against USC since Jasper Sanks rumbled in for a five yard touchdown run in the first quarter of a 21-10 loss to the Gamecocks in Columbia in 2000. Since Richt's arrival, the Gamecock defensive coaches seemed to have had the Dawgs' number holding their scoring to five field goals and one defensive mugging of a Carolina quarterback for a touchdown.
Carolina Offense vs. Georgia Defense
In 2002, the Georgia defensive coaches were left with the unenviable task of replacing three NFL draft choices and six players on its defensive line who combined for 27 starts among them. The coaches assembled a hodgepodge of true freshmen and sophomores used in a rotation that proved top be very successful in combination with a very experienced and talented group of linebackers.
The end result was that the Dawgs led the SEC in scoring defense with a 15.1 point per game average. They led the SEC in sacks with 45. And, they led the SEC in red zone scoring defense. Opponents averaged only 203 yards of total offense on average against the Dawgs in 2002.
This year, the Dawgs return experience on the defensive line. But, all three starting linebackers have departed. Boss Bailey and Tony Gilbert expended eligibility and were drafted by NFL teams. Weak side linebacker Chris Clemons declared for the NFL draft, but went unchosen.
Bailey and Gilbert led the Bulldogs with 114 tackles each in 2002. Jonathan Sullivan, who was the first round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints, was fourth in tackles on the team in tackles with 74 in 2002.
The anchor of the defensive line is clearly David Pollack (6'3" 278 Jr) who was one of the most exciting yet unheralded players in the nation in 2002. Now, after a 102 tackle season with 14 sacks, everyone knows who Pollack is as he was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year; First Team All SEC; and First Team AP All American. Pollack is also a finalist for the 2003 Bronko Nagurski Award and the Rotary Lombardi Award. It was Pollack who almost single handedly defeated the Gamecocks with one of the most inspired defensive performances of the year at Williams Brice Stadium last season.
An impressive performance in spring practice resulted in Darrius Swain (6'2" 325 So) winning the first team spot at defensive tackle. The nose tackle position will be held down by Kedric Golston (6'4" 295 So) who has the most upside potential of any of Georgia young interior linemen. Expect to see another rotation backing up the interior line that includes Ray Gant (6'2" 287 RFr), Gerald Anderson (6'2" 325 RSo) and Ken Veal (6'1" 305 Sr).
The other end will be manned by Will Thompson (6'3"240 Jr) who started 12 games in 2002. Thompson had 6 sacks and 16 quarterback hurries in 2002.
All in all, this is a very talented Georgia Defensive line. This may well be the first or second defensive line unit in the SEC this year.
The Georgia linebackers are another story. The loss of Bailey, Gilbert and Clemons leaves a substantial hole in the Dawg game plan in terms of both experience and leadership. Thomas Davis (6'1" 200 So) has earned a spot as the starting Sam linebacker based on solid backup work (4 starts in 2002) and his excellent special teams play. The Mike Linebacker position will likely be manned by Odell Thurman (6'1" 225 So), a product of Georgia Military. The Will linebacker position will be manned by Tony Taylor (6'1" 220 So) who had one start in 2002.
The backup linebackers will consist of a rotation including Derrick White (6'2" 223 So); Arnold Harrison (6'3" 224 Jr), and Derrick Holloway (6'4" 228 Jr).
It is an unproven unit that lacks size in comparison to its SEC rivals. The defensive line's ability to contain the run will be essential as a number of opponents have running backs and tight ends who far outweigh the individual members of this linebacking unit.
The secondary is, perhaps, Georgia's greatest strength on the defensive side of the ball. Returning Rover Kentrell Curry (6'1" 198 Sr), who led the Dawgs with four interceptions in 2002, is a finalist for the Jim Thorpe award for the nation's top defensive back. On the corners, LaGrange's Bruce Thornton (5'11" 195 Sr) and Orangeburg's Tim Jennings (5'8" 164 So) make a solid rotation on the weakside having combined for 5 interceptions in 2002. On the strong side, Decory Bryant (5'11 195 Sr) provides solid experience.
Free Safety Sean Jones (6'2" 212 Jr) is a man who wears many hats for the Dawgs. In addition to pulling in two interceptions and a fumble recovery in 2002, he also was named SEC special teams player of the week for his punt returning prowess.
Keys to a Win
In 2003, the Gamecock defense will once again match up nicely with Georgia's offensive unit. The lack of experienced depth on Georgia's offensive line may give the Gamecock linemen and linebackers an opportunity to exploit that weakness, thus putting lots of pressure on quarterback David Greene. If that happens, don't be surprised to see Georgia give the reins of the team to quarterback DJ Shockley who is a much more gifted runner than Greene. In 2002, Georgia outscored opponents 274-110 in the first half giving itself a decided advantage. The Gamecocks simply cannot let that happen.
Pressuring Greene is also the key to managing the matchups in which two Georgia receivers, Gibson and Johnson, both have size and leaping ability advantages over the Gamecock Corners, Eiland and Robinson. The Gamecocks cannot allow Greene the time to throw the type of precision passes of which he is capable.
As much as I am not a huge fan of the very conservative Lou Holtz type offense, Georgia is a team against which it works very well. The Gamecock offense will have to play conservatively against the Bulldogs and look for opportunities to score as they have in each of the past two seasons. If you try to get in a shooting match with the talent rich Dawgs, you take the risk of being beaten very badly on national TV.
Dondrial Pinkins will have to be patient and look for the right matchups where his receivers have a decided size advantage (eg., Williamson vs. Jennings). I don't expect that the Gamecock running backs will have much success between the tackles given the experience and size that the Dawgs have there. Instead, look for Pinkins to seek first and second down yardage with short passes under the coverage of Georgia's inexperienced linebackers.
In 2002, Georgia blocked nine kicks which resulted in 40 points. The Gamecocks will have to be wary of both Georgia's punting and field goal blocking abilities in order to avoid giving up points on turnover.
In order to win, the Gamecocks must:
1. Control Georgia's two outstanding defensive ends, Pollack and Sullivan.
2. Establish success in short passing situations on first and second down.
3. Pressure David Greene to avoid game breaking long passes.
4. Take advantage of two areas of relative youth on the Georgia Squad: Offensive Line and Linebackers.
5. Be alert for occasional receiver coverage mismatches and take advantage of those when they happen.
6. Limit turnovers and avoid blocked kicks.
The Bottom Line
Network Partner's Athlon's Take On Georgia
What Mark Richt has in stock are not one but two of the best quarterbacks in the nation in David Greene and D.J. Shockley, most of the receiving corps led by flanker Fred Gibson and tight end Ben Watson, and seven defensive starters. All-American David Pollack carves his own niche in opponents' backfields, accounting for 23.5 tackles behind the line and 14 sacks last season. All-SEC safety Kentrell Curry is still the leader of the back seven. If Tony Milton or scatback Tyson Browning can't pick up the slack at tailback, prize recruit Kregg Lumpkin might step in.
A three-game stretch in late September and early October — at LSU, Alabama and at Tennessee — could make or break the Dawgs' title defense. And it doesn't get any easier in November, where Florida and Auburn show up.
Stubborn: Georgia finished fourth nationally last fall in scoring defense, allowing 15.1 points per game.
It's about time: Georgia's SEC championship in 2002 was its first since Herschel Walker's Heisman year of 1982.
In closing: The Bulldogs beat three bowl teams in a row — Ole Miss, Auburn and Georgia Tech — to conclude the regular season.
2002 results: 13–1 (7–1 SEC)
2002 Bowl Game: Beat Florida State 26-13 in Sugar Bowl
Returning starters: 3 offense, 7 defense, placekicker
A. 30 at Clemson
S. 6 Middle Tennessee
S. 13 South Carolina
S. 20 at LSU
O. 4 Alabama
O. 11 at Tennessee
O. 18 at Vanderbilt
O. 25 UAB
N. 1 #Florida
N. 15 Auburn
N. 22 Kentucky
N. 29 at Georgia Tech
Schedule Analysis: It ain't easy. Clemson gave the Dawgs fits last year, as did South Carolina. Georgia plays the top three teams in the SEC West in LSU, Alabama and Auburn, and the Tennessee game is on the road. Oh yeah, then there's that game with Florida.
Final Word: Yes, we pick Georgia to repeat as SEC East champs, but it is not going to be easy. The strength of the team will be defense at the outset, with seven starters back and three new, athletic linebackers starting for the first time. Expect the Bulldogs to be awfully stingy on that side of the ball. Offensively, Mark Richt will have to figure out how best to use his two talented quarterbacks behind a young and inexperienced offensive line. Georgia has recruited well recently, so finding production and running back and receiver should not be an issue, but the offensive line will have to mature quickly for the Dawgs to move the ball. Georgia may have some flaws this year, but Florida and Tennessee do, too. After playing third fiddle for too long, the Bulldogs may grab their second straight SEC title.
The Official SEC Preview
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA
Location: Athens, Ga.
Stadium: Sanford (92,020)
President: Dr. Michael F. Adams (Lipscomb College, '70)
Faculty Representative: Dr. Gary Couvillon (Southwestern Louisiana, '61)
Athletics Director: Vince Dooley (Auburn, '54)
Head Football Coach: Mark Richt (Miami, Fla., '82)
Off. / Def. Systems: Pro-Style / 4-3 Multiple
All-Time Record: 662-367-54 (.636)
SEC Championships: 11 (1942, 46t, 48, 59, 66t, 68, 76t, 80, 81t, 82, 2002)
Bowl App. / Record: 38 / 20-15-3 (.566)
2002 IN REVIEW
2002 Record: 13-1 (7-0 H, 4-0 A, 2-1 N)
SEC Record/Finish: 7-1 (3-0 H, 4-0 A, 0-1 N) / SEC Champions
Bowl: Nokia Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, La.)
Georgia 26, Florida State 13
National Ranking: 3rd - USA Today/ESPN; 3rd - AP
Home Attendance: 605,640 (86,520)
SEC/NCAA Statistical Rankings
Total Offense: 384.9 (4th - SEC / 49th - NCAA)
Rushing Offense: 139.6 (9th - SEC / 67th - NCAA)
Passing Offense: 245.4 (3rd - SEC / 39th - NCAA)
Scoring Offense: 32.1 (1st - SEC / 22nd - NCAA)
Total Defense: 303.5 (4th - SEC / 15th - NCAA)
Rushing Defense: 114.0 (3rd - SEC / T19th - NCAA)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 112.9 (6th - SEC / 34th - NCAA)
Scoring Defense: 15.1 (1st - SEC / 4th - NCAA)
Turnover Margin: +8 (5th - SEC / T32nd - NCAA)
(13-1 Overall * 7-1 SEC)
Aug. 31 CLEMSON (ESPN) 86,520 W 31-28 Sept. 14 at South Carolina (CBS) 84,227 W 13-7 Sept. 21 NORTHWESTERN (LA.) STATE 86,520 W 45-7 Sept. 28 NEWMEXICO STATE 86,520 W 41-10 Oct. 5 at Alabama (CBS) [22/--] 83,818 W 27-25 Oct. 12 TENNESSEE (CBS) [10/9] 86,520 W 18-13 Oct. 19 VANDERBILT [HC] (JP) 86,520 W 48-17 Oct. 26 at Kentucky (CBS) 71,017 W 52-24 Nov. 2 *Florida (ESPN) [--/22] 84,433 L 13-20 Nov. 9 OLE MISS (ESPN2) 86,520 W 31-17 Nov. 16 at Auburn (CBS) [24/--] 86,063 W 24-21 Nov. 30 GEORGIA TECH (CBS) 86,520 W 51-7 Dec. 7 vs. Arkansas (CBS) [22/22] 74,835 W 30-3 (SEC Championship Game * Atlanta, Ga.) Jan. 1 vs. Florida St. (ABC) [16/16] 74,269 W 26-13* - Jacksonville, Fla.
2002 STATISTICAL LEADERS
RUSHING G ATT YDS AVG PG TD Musa Smith 13 260 1324 5.1 101.8 8 * Tony Milton 14 82 314 3.8 22.4 0 J.T. Wall 14 30 149 5.0 10.6 3 Georgia 14 536 1954 3.6 139.6 18 Opponents 14 524 1596 3.0 114.0 11 PASSING G PE A-C-I PCT. YDS. TD YPG * David Greene 14 137.26 379-218-8 57.5 2924 22 208.9 * D.J. Shockley 10 152.62 52-32-2 61.5 415 5 41.5 Georgia 14 138.86 445-257-10 57.8 3435 28 245.4 Opponents 14 112.94 410-226-16 55.1 2653 14 189.5 RECEIVING G REC YDS AVG RPG TD T. Edwards 13 59 1004 17.0 4.5 11 * Fred Gibson 12 43 758 17.6 3.6 4 Ben Watson 14 32 350 10.9 2.3 3 * M. Johnson 14 28 373 13.3 2.0 2 * Damien Gary 10 27 254 9.4 2.7 4 Georgia 14 257 3435 13.4 18.4 28 Opponents 14 226 2653 11.7 16.1 14 PUNTING NO YDS AVG LP BLK IN20 Jonathan Kilgo 64 2708 42.3 66 0 12 Georgia 64 2708 42.3 66 0 12 Opponents 97 3537 36.5 58 5 25 KO RETURNS NO YDS AVG TD LP * Fred Gibson 19 460 24.2 1 91 T. Edwards 13 202 15.5 0 44 Georgia 38 764 20.1 1 91 Opponents 64 1173 18.3 0 32 PUNT RETURNS NO YDS AVG TD LP * Damien Gary 34 458 13.5 1 71 Georgia 50 746 14.9 2 71 Opponents 33 400 12.1 0 41 TACKLES TOTAL TFL SACKS INT FC-FR Boss Bailey 114 (63-51) 9.5 (-68) 6 (-57) 0 1-0 Tony Gilbert 114 (76-38) 15.5 (-47) 2.5 (-17) 0 1-0 * D. Pollack 102 (58-44) 23.5 (-128) 14 (-99) 2 2-1 * Sean Jones 91 (43-48) 4 (-10) 0 2 0-1* - Returning Player
Returning: 41 (18 Offense, 21 Defense, 2 Specialists)
Lost: 24 (14 Offense, 8 Defense, 2 Specialists)
STARTERS RETURNING -- 11
TE Ben Watson (6-3, 253, Sr.)
QB David Greene (6-3, 227, Jr.)
FL Fred Gibson (6-4, 190, Jr.)
DE Will Thompson (6-3, 243, Jr.)
NT Ken Veal (6-1, 311, Sr.)
DE David Pollack (6-3, 264, Jr.)
WC Decory Bryant (5-11, 184, Sr.)
ROV Kentrell Curry (6-1, 198, Sr.)
FS Sean Jones (6-2, 209, Jr.)
SC Bruce Thornton (5-10, 192, Sr.)
PK Billy Bennett (5-8, 168, Sr.)
STARTERS LOST -- 13
SE Terrence Edwards (6-0, 171, Sr.)
ST Jon Stinchcomb (6-6, 297, Sr.)
SG Alex Jackson (6-4, 335, Sr.)
C Ian Knight (6-3, 291, Sr.)
TG Kevin Breedlove (6-2, 300, Sr.)
TT Kareem Marshall (6-5, 328, Sr.)
TB Musa Smith (6-2, 226, Jr.)
FB J.T. Wall (5-11, 260, Sr.)
DT Johnathan Sullivan (6-3, 299, Jr.)
SLB Boss Bailey (6-3, 229, Sr.)
MLB Tony Gilbert (6-0, 224, Sr.)
WLB Chris Clemons (6-3, 236, Jr.)
P Jonathan Kilgo (6-2, 203, Sr.)
NOTE: Specialists include punter and placekicker only.
Aug. 30 Clemson Clemson Sept. 6 MIDDLE TENNESSEE ATHENS Sept. 13 SOUTH CAROLINA ATHENS Sept. 20 LSU Baton Rouge Oct. 4 ALABAMA ATHENS Oct. 11 TENNESSEE Knoxville Oct. 18 VANDERBILT Nashville Oct. 25 UAB ATHENS Nov. 1 Florida Jacksonville Nov. 15 AUBURN ATHENS Nov. 22 KENTUCKY ATHENS Nov. 29 Georgia Tech Atlanta
COACH MARK RICHT
Alma Mater: Miami, Fla. (1982)
Coaching Experience: Florida State Graduate Assistant (1985-86); Florida State Volunteer Assistant (1987-88); East Carolina Offensive Coordinator (1989); Florida State Quarterbacks Coach (1990-2000); Florida State Offensive Coordinator (1994-2000); Georgia Head Coach (2001- ).
Year School Conf. Pct. All Pct. Bowl 2001 Georgia 5-3 .625 8-4 .667 Music City 2002 Georgia 7-1 .875 13-1 .929 Sugar CAREER TOTALS 12-4 .750 21-5 .808 Bowl Record 1-1 (.500)
BULLDOG ASSISTANT COACHES
Rodney Garner (Auburn, 1990) - Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator
Neil Callaway (Alabama, 1978) - Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line
Jon Fabris (Ole Miss, 1980) - Defensive Ends
Willie Martinez (Miami, 1986) - Secondary
John Eason (Florida A&M, 1969) - Asst. Head Coach/Wide Receivers
Brian VanGorder (Wayne State, 1991) - Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Ken Rucker (Carson-Newman, 1976) - Running Backs
Mike Bobo (Georgia, 1997) - Quarterbacks
David Johnson (West Virginia, 1985) - Tight Ends
QB DAVID GREENE * 6-3, 213, Jr., Snellville, Ga.
Unanimous first-team All-SEC in 2002 ... Named SEC Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal and SEC Offensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News ... Last season, led the SEC in passing efficiency with a 137.3 rating ... Completed 218 of 379 passes for 2,924 yards with 22 TDs and eight interceptions ... Also third in the SEC in passing yards per game and fourth in total offense ... MVP of the SEC Football Championship Game against Arkansas.
DE DAVID POLLACK * 6-2, 275, Jr., Snellville, Ga.
Unanimous first-team All-SEC and consensus first-team All-America in 2002 ... Named SEC Player of the Year by the league's coaches and SEC Defensive Player of the Year by AP and The Sporting News ... Named one of five finalists for the Nagurski Award, given to the nation's top defensive player ... Led SEC in tackles for loss with 23.5 (-128 yards), sacks with 14 (-99) and QB pressures (35) ... Third on squad with 102 tackles ... Also had two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery ... Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week against South Carolina.
FL FRED GIBSON * 6-4, 180, Jr., Waycross, Ga.
Eighth in the SEC in receptions per game and third in receiving yards per game ... Had 43 catches for 758 yards and 4 TDs last season ... Also was fourth in the SEC in kickoff return average, with a 24.2 clip on 19 attempts ... Eighth in the SEC in all-purpose yardage with 1,212 ... Had five grabs for 93 yards in SEC Championship Game ... Had eight catches against Northwestern State and six vs. South Carolina ... Also plays on Georgia basketball team.