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Bulldogs, Blazers welcome high expectations

July 7, 2004

Macon--The fourth annual Pigskin Preview bringing coaches and players from college programs all over the state to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame this afternoon in Macon. The topic of discussion, was of course football as the countdown to kickoff begins.

The Pigskin Preview gives coaches and players a chance to meet with the media and share their thoughts on the upcoming season. Much of the talk already this summer has been about the high expectations placed on the Georgia Bulldog program. With 10 starters returning on offense and 7 on defense, from a team that played for an SEC title last year, everyone is looking for the Bulldogs to have a tremendous season.

But Georgia isn't the only in-state team that is expected to do well this year. As always Valdosta State is predicted to fight for a Division II title, and coach Chris Hatcher believes the pieces are once again in place for that to happen.

"You gotta be ready to play each week. That's the biggest challenge as a coach, not the expectations. But get your team to play at it's optimal level each and every week," coach Hatcher said.

"I think we have a great work ethic and I think we have great leadership so we have a chance to be really good, but like I said there's going to be a lot of great opponents along the way," coach Richt said.

Posted at 11:50pm by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com