2002 SEC Football Preview- Georgia

VandyMania previews the Georgia Bulldogs and makes a prediction on how they'll fare in 2002.

COACHING

Head Coach: Mark Richt (Career Rec: 8-4)
Offensive Coordinator: Neil Callaway
Defensive Coordinator: Brian VanGorder

2001 Record: 8-4 overall (5-3 SEC)

2001 SEC/NCAA STATS RANKINGS

Total Offense: 3rd / 21st (432.8)
Rushing Offense: 4th / 50th (162.5)
Passing Offense: 5th / 24th (270.4)
Scoring Offense: 5th / 45th (28.6)
Total Defense:6th / 49th (361.5)
Rushing Defense: 3rd / 15th (108.8)
Pass Efficiency Defense: 7th / 64th (122.2)
Scoring Defense: 3rd / 17th (18.9)

2002 SCHEDULE

Georgia linebacker Boss Bailey had 65 tackles, including a sack and six tackles for loss (-14 yards) , during 2001 season. (AP Photo/Peter Cosgrove)

Aug. 31 CLEMSON
Sept. 14 at South Carolina
Sept. 21 NORTHWESTERN (LA.) STATE
Sept. 28 NEW MEXICO STATE
Oct. 5 at Alabama
Oct. 12 TENNESSEE
Oct. 19 VANDERBILT
Oct. 26 at Kentucky
Nov. 2 vs. Florida
Nov. 9 OLE MISS
Nov. 16 at Auburn
Nov. 30 GEORGIA TECH

STARTERS RETURNING

Offense (6):

SE Damien Gary (5-11, 176, Jr.)
ST George Foster (6-6, 321, Sr.)
SG Alex Jackson (6-4, 337, Sr.)
TG Kevin Breedlove (6-6, 281, Jr.)
*TT Jon Stinchcomb (6-6, 278, Sr.)
*QB David Greene (6-3, 222, So.)
FB J.T. Wall (6-0, 257, Sr.)
FL Terrence Edwards (6-1, 178, Sr.)

Defense (7):

DT David Pollack (6-2, 260, So.)
NT Ken Veal (6-2, 297, Jr.)
BK Johnathan Sullivan (6-4, 280, Jr.)
*SLB Boss Bailey (6-4, 218, Sr.)
MLB Tony Gilbert (6-1, 246, Sr.)
WCB Bruce Thornton (5-11, 193, Jr.)
SCB Decory Bryant (6-0, 170, Jr.)

* All-Star Candidates

Georgia Roster

TEAM STRENGTHS

Running back, quarterback, wide receivers, offensive line, defensive line

TEAM QUESTION MARKS

Defensive secondary

KEY GAME

October 12, Tennessee. If the Dawgs can get by the Vols again they may be looking at an SEC Championship game appearance.

HEAD COACHES COMMENTS

We're very excited about this season. Little more optimistic this year, got group of guys that have a better idea of what we want as coaches, we've got coaching staff returned in entirety. They have a better idea of what I want. The transition this year is a lot easier than year ago. "

"Offensively, we've got David Greene, without a question is our starting quarterback. He did a fantastic job as a freshman. D.J. Shockley is a guy who has proved to me and the staff that he's a very talented guy, a guy who has a chance do great things for us. We'll play D.J. early in every ballgame, how well he does will decide how much more playing time he'll get.

VandyMania Projection

Last season Georgia stunned Tennessee in Knoxville and also had big road wins over Arkansas and Ole Miss. Georgia should have the talent and leadership to contend for the SEC East title this season. The schedule favors them. Look for 10 or more wins for the Bulldogs and a first or second place finish in the SEC East.


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