The 2008 Bulldog Football Season cast a shadow over Athens and the Bulldog Nation that still lingers today. What looked like a championship team on paper never really materialized on the field.
Whether injuries or lack of leadership were to blame, the reality is that the 2009 Georgia Bulldogs must pick up the pieces.
Gone are the likes of Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, and Mohammad Massaquoi, the players that jolted the Dawgs to a preseason No. 1 only one year ago.
Left standing are players that are yet to be proven. Someone has to answer, someone has to step onto the turf with mad determination and help this team, this nation rise from the ashes.
This 2009 team not only has to prove themselves worthy to the media and their fans but they also face a brutal schedule, one of, if not the toughest schedule in the nation. This isn't a year for rebuilding, there isn't time for rebuilding in the SEC. This is a year that coaches must put on their game faces and players must grow from boys to men over night.
Though each player on the team is as important as any other, there are certain players and coaches that have a lot on the line this year. The erie silence of what this team is made of is almost maddening. I can never remember in recent history things being this quiet. Who are the players and coaches that must redeem themselves and awaken a Nation of Red and Black?