With the 2009 campaign over half-way finished, it's apparent that this isn't going to be a season to remember to say the least. Not only have the Dawgs lost more games than a usual Mark Richt coached team does, but have been the victim of rivals Tennessee and Florida by suffering blow-out losses to both, with a hot Georgia Tech team left on the schedule.
Georgia needs at least 2 more wins to become eligible for a bowl game that most of the Dawg faithful will be watching on television. But lets not forget, there are plenty of bright spots, and things for us to be very excited about.
First, it is almost a certainty that Willie Martinez is out as Defensive Coordinator. We all know that Georgia is not lacking talent, speed, or any of the key components to have a great defense, so a coaching transition should be fairly easy in Athens. Second, Georgia is not going to have to replace $100 million of talent this year.
Key losses include: Joe Cox, Rennie Curran, Bryan Evans, Prince Miller, Geno Atkins, Michael Moore, and Jeff Owens. While that all seems like a lot, check out what is coming back: A.J. Green, Orson Charles, Washaun Ealey, Caleb King, Tavarres King, Brandon Boykin, Branden Smith, Rantavious Wooten, Justin Houston, Bacarri Rambo, Reshad Jones, the majority of the offensive line, and who I like to call "The Future," Aaron Murray.
Not only will the talent be back, but look at the schedule. The non-conference schedule dropped Okie State and Arizona State and picked up Idaho State and Colorado. The typical East Schedule is the same, but the Dawgs have Arkansas and Mississippi State along with Auburn out of the west.
Things are looking better for the Dawgs next year, but even more satisfying... Jesus is graduating from Florida this year.
So keep your heads up Dawg Fans, we will get through this year with a 7-5 or 8-4 record. Not too bad for a re-building year.
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