Friday, January 13, 2012

What the Returning Juniors Means For Next Season

In case you haven't heard, the slew of UGA defenders that were taking a peek at the next level, have decided to stay put. Bacarri Rambo, Shawn Williams, and Cornelius Washington have all said they will be back next season. That means NINE defensive starters will be returning for next season, of which ALL will be juniors or seniors. What it also means is that Georgia will be a sure lock for a preseason top 10 ranking, and this is what scares me...

The last time we had expectations like this was 2008 (if you don't remember, this is the season in which we were preseason #1 and ended up getting shellacked at home by Alabama, throttled by Florida, and just for good measure, blew a 16-point halftime lead to Tech in the pouring rain...not good memories to say the least). The only real question mark for next season personnel-wise is the offensive line and kicking game...but they were sort of question marks this season too so...whatever. My main fear is that -- despite our "easy" schedule on paper -- we will crap the bed just like '08.

What this ALSO means is that the microscope will be focused squarely on Mark Richt. Although he won many of our hearts with our SEC East run, the last two games -- LSU and Michigan State -- more than quelled the praises given toward the head man. Instead, we were left with the knowledge that the best team we beat all season (probably Auburn) finished with 5 losses. Two of our losses were in our back yard -- and neither were close. I know...I'm just venting at this point so I'll stop.

SO...what will it be for next season? Another case of lofty expectations only to leave us disappointed OR will the Dawgs FINALLY break through with CMR and reach the pinnacle (and no...I'm not talking about just an SEC Championship)? Based on my history as a Dawg fan, I'll have to see it to believe it.

3 comments:

  1. Sooo are you saying that anything less than a National Championship will be a disappointment?

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  2. Anon 7:12
    I know the expectations sound lofty, but if not next year then when?

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  3. My gosh, you are worrying about next year with all those guys returning? What would you do if all those juniors you listed had said they were leaving for the NFL? Try having some optimism. Your insides will be a lot better off!

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