2008 Georgia Bulldogs: "What Could Have Been..."

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2008 Georgia Bulldogs:
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Looking back, the 2008 season was disappointing for many Bulldog fans after expectations of a National Championship were shattered and Georgia didn't even win the SEC East.

While the 2009 outlook is promising, it still stings to reminisce at what could have been...

 

Injuries

It's hard to believe that any team could sustain as many injuries as Georgia did last year and still produce a 10-win team.  The Bulldogs had to deal with 18 season-ending injuries in 2009!

In a conference that is defined by depth, imagine the difference it would have made had Georgia not lost nearly one-fourth of their roster due to injuries.

 

Defensive Breakdowns

The Bulldog's defense got a lot of the blame for lack of production in the big game.  Statistically, they struggled on defense, ranking as the No. 10 defense in the SEC in 2008. 

They allowed 25.6 points per game but much of that came in the three games against Alabama, Florida, and Georgia Tech.  More specifically, the Bulldogs only struggled in one half of each of those games.

Georgia gave up 31 in the first half to the Tide, 35 in the second half against Florida, and 33 in the second half to the Jackets.

If the Alabama, Florida, and Georgia Tech games are taken out of the the equation the Bulldogs only allowed 18.4 points per game.

Without the three mental collapses by the defense, the outcome for the Georgia Bulldogs season could have been very different.

 

Knowshon's "No-Show" in Big Games

While Knowshon Moreno is one of the most dynamic and exciting backs Georgia has seen in recent years, his failure to elevate in the big games hurt the team in 2008.

Against Alabama, Moreno only ran for 34 yards and one touchdown.  In his defense, the quick start from the Alabama offense forced the Bulldogs to throw the ball most of the game, but Moreno still only averaged 3.8 yards per carry.

In the humiliating game against the Gators, Moreno rushed for 65 yards on 17 carries and never saw the end zone.  Once again, Knowshon could only muster 3.8 yards per carry when his season average was 5.6 yards per carry.

 

The Questions Continue

While these are all things that can never be changed, it's worth noting that Georgia missed an opportunity for a very memorable season in 2008.  What if the injuries had not been so costly?  What if the defense had not fallen apart in the three losses?  What if Knowshon had played big in the big games?

These are the questions Bulldog fans will be answering for years.

 

For More articles by Isaac Scheidt visit ACC SEC Football.

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