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Dogs will have to re-load to defend SEC title

May 13, 2003

The joy of winning their first Southeastern Conference football title in two decades has kept Georgia fans warm through the cold winter.

But with the arrival of the spring, the Bulldog faithful are ready asking what will head coach Mark Richt do for an encore in his third season.

Southwest Georgia Bulldog fans got their scouting report from Coach Richt at their annual meeting Tuesday night in the arena of the Albany Civic Center.

 Richt joked that during the offseason he has gone to Georgia Athletic Director Vince Dooley for advice on how to talk down your team's chances.

And Georgia's chances of repeat don't look that good since the Bulldogs lost their entire offensive line, their leading rusher, receiver and top two tacklers on defense.

 Still, Georgia does return two year starter David Greene at quarterback and last year's SEC player of the year in defensive end David Pollack.

 After that, the Bulldogs will be a group of mostly pups who their coach says will be thrown into the fire very early.

Mark Richt said "We have seen next year's team. The coaches and players have seen what he have but the fans won't see it until late August. We know we lost alot of great players and great leaders and we have got a long way to go to get where we were last year."

The young Bulldogs open season August 30th at Clemson.

The UGA spring Bulldog club tour rolls into the Valdosta--Lowndes County conference center Wednesday night at six o'clock.

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