Coach: Mark Richt
8-4-0, 1 year
2001 Record: 8-4
at Tennessee WON 26-24
at Vanderbilt WON 30-14
Florida @Jacksonville LOST 10-24
at Mississippi WON 35-15
at Georgia Tech WON 31-17
Boston College LOST 16-20

2001 Final Rankings
AP-22, Coaches-25, BCS-UR

Jon Stinchcomb leads the offensive line as a consistent All-American and All-Conference vote getter.
2002 Outlook

Head Coach Mark Richt enters his second season with the Bulldogs. He had plenty of talent to work with in his first year and now has talent once again. There are a number of quality players returning including some very gifted receivers and a solid offensive line. Fred Gibson is a promising young talent at receiver and his partner Terrence Edwards is a Georgia staple. Coaching at Georgia can be tough as demonstrated by Mark Richt's predecessors. Tough spot to be in as anything less than a championship in Athens seems unacceptable. Complaints still ring out from the Music City Bowl loss and the coaches had better learn from their mistakes. Still, Georgia made the right decision with Mark Richt and the Dawgs should better the 2001 campaign. Most Georgia fans in general, seem to share the same feeling. As the preseason polls begin to roll out, a few college football fans around the country are taking note that this team is a possible Top 10 candidate. The defense is going to need more work to become a player for the SEC East Crown. With the new outlook, quality recruits are coming in. You can't find a lag in that department. Some of the running backs absolutely have to stay healthy. Saturdays between the hedges look to be heaven for quarterback lovers as all three make quite a case for top gun. Each year Georgia just needs to get a little better until the pinnacle of winning the SEC is within grasps. That train of thought isn't too far off for this upcoming campaign, but the Dawgs may just be a year off from making national waves.

Projected 2002 record: 10-3

Injuries hampered RB Musa Smith throughout the 2001 season and he continued to be limited during the spring. Richt said if Smith had been healthy last year, there's "no doubt he would have had well over a thousand yards rushing. But can he hold up? I don't know." ... Injuries to WRs Fred Gibson (shoulder) and Terrance Edwards (ankle) hurt Georgia's progress in the passing game during spring practice, but both are expected to be fine for preseason practice.
QB - 4 DL - 3.5
RB - 3.5 LB - 4
WR - 5 DB - 3
OL - 5 ..

Passing: David Greene, 192-324-9, 2789 Yards, 17 TD's

Rushing: Musa Smith, 119 att., 548 yds., 6 TD's

Receiving: Terrence Edwards, 39 rec., 613 yds., 6 TD's

Scoring: Billy Bennett, 17 FG, 34 PAT, 85 pts.

Punting: Jonathon Kilgo, 42 punts, 43.8 avg.

Kicking: Billy Bennett, 17-25 FG, 34-34 PAT, 85 pts.

Tackles: Tony Gilbert, 99 tot., 59 solo

Sacks: Jonathan Sullivan, 4 sacks

Interceptions: Boss Bailey, 2 for 0 yards

Kickoff returns: Fred Gibson, 14 ret., 26.8 avg.

Punt returns: Damien Gary, 23 ret., 12.5 avg.


OFFENSE: Verron Haynes-FB, Jasper Sanks-TB, LaBrone Mitchell-WR, Curt McGill-C, Randy McMichael-TE (NFL)
DEFENSE: Bruce Adrine-DE, Josh Mallard-DE, Will Witherspoon-WLB, Tim Wansley-CB, Jermaine Phillips-SS, Charles Grant-DE (NFL), Terreal Bierria-FS (NFL)

STRENGTHS: Offensive Line, Wide Receiver, Quarterback, Kicker
Last season young David Greene set freshman records in Athens in passing yards and touchdowns, and started all 12 games for the Bulldogs, which earned him SEC Freshman of the Year honors. However, depth at quarterback through the spring has created a heated battle at the position. Redshirt freshman D.J. Shockley was a heralded recruit out of high school and is pushing hard for the job. Cory Phillips is another incumbent in the rotation. Phillips has the edge in experience over Shockley after starting five games in 2002. The cupboard is totally full for second year Coach Mark Richt with his signal callers. The veteran wide receiver group is led by senior Terrance Edwards, who is in line to paste himself inside the Georgia Receiving Record Book. On the other side is returning starter Damien Gary, but the person most talked about seems to be Fred Gibson, who sat out the spring with a separated shoulder. Gibson has all the tools necessary to become a great asset. Possibly the most shining group will be the offensive line as the Dawgs return four starters from a 2001 season that only allowed 15 sacks and was a large reason for the success last year in the running game as well. Jon Stinchcomb leads the group as a consistent All-American and All-Conference vote getter. The kicking game looks good. Kicker Billy Bennet set a school record by hitting six field goals in the win over Georgia Tech.


CONCERNS: Tight End, Running Back
We shift away from the weakness label and instead call this category more of a concern. The Bulldogs make a great example of this analogy starting with the running backs. Gone is the leading rusher from last year in Verron Hayes. His apparent replacement is super recruit Musa Smith, who still continues to have the injury bug follow him around in Athens. Musa really started out strong to start last season and became one of the leading rushers, only to be stifled by lack of durability. If he could stay healthy, people would really see big things from this gifted athlete. In that regards, it is tough to paper stamp the running back position a major need for concern. The early departure of Randy McMichael at tight end is cause for the most apprehension. The spot is wide open and is a battle between a few candidates.


Returning Starters in Bold
QB David Green-So D.J. Shockley-Fr
FB J.T. Wall-Sr Braxton Snyder-Sr
TB Musa Smith-Jr Mike Gilliam-So
WR Damien Gary-Jr Fred Gibson-So
WR Terrence Edwards-Sr Michael Johnson-Jr
TE Benjamin Watson-Jr Robert Brannon-Jr
OT George Foster-Sr ..
OG Alex Jackson-Sr ..
C Ian Knight-Sr Russ Tanner-Fr
OG Kevin Breedlove-Sr Chris James Hewitt-Jr
OT Jon Stinchcomb-Sr Kareem Marshall-Sr
K Billy Bennett-Jr ..



STRENGTHS: Defensive Tackle, Linebacker, Punter
The defense starts at linebacker with two solid senior performers, Tony Gilbert and Boss Bailey. Tony was the leading tackler from last year's ball club and both bring valuable experience to the heart of the group. Look for a great competition this coming August to find out who figures into the depth chart rotations. The injury bug also had a way of reeking havoc in 2001 up front as a consistent combination of starters could never really be found. Only a few players return with any starting experience except for some of the hogs in on the inside. Senior punter Jonathan Kilgo was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award and returns to give the defense a little support in the field position department


CONCERNS: Defensive End, Defensive Back
The playing time logged at defensive end is short. Replacing some top-notch talent will be quite a task with the departures of Mallard and Grant. If the coaching staff has any hopes of pressuring opposing quarterbacks, they may have to look to the linebackers. David Pollack looks to play end in 2002 after garnering some All-American attention from the spot on a few long lists. If pressure can't be found up front, passing situations could become quite a task as the Bulldogs have a difficult challenge of finding new replacements for three opens spots vacated by some key names from the 2001 squad. Both interception leaders are gone. Only one cornerback, Bruce Thornton, dots the roster with any real playing experience. The corners should be fine if Decory Bryant can continue as a solid cover man. This area has to be one of the biggest mysteries facing the relatively new coaching staff. If the Bulldogs are going to have any success at competing with the SEC frontrunners, this unit will need to learn quickly. Claiming the backfield does not possess any talent may not be suitable; there is just no starting experience.


Returning Starters in Bold
RUSH Robert Geathers-So Will Thompson-So
DT Johnathan Sullivan-Jr Shedrick Wynn-Jr
N David Jacobs-Sr Ken Veal-Jr
BUCK David Pollack-So Nic Clemons-Sr
SLB Boss Bailey-Sr Arnold Harrison-So
MLB Tony Gilbert-Sr Odell Thurman-Fr
WLB Chris Clemons-Jr Derrick Holloway-So
CB Bruce Thornton-Jr Ryan Davis-Sr
CB Decory Bryant-Jr Brandon Williams-Jr
SS Sean Jones-So Burt Jones-Sr
FS Kentrell Curry-Jr Thomas Davis-Fr
P Jonathan Kilgo-Sr ..
The veteran wide receiver group is led by senior Terrance Edwards, who is in line to paste himself inside the Georgia Receiving Record Book.