May 25, 2005
Albany-- Between losing four year starters David Greene and David Pollack to graduation and dealing with a few off the field problems with some of his players, it's been a long offseason for University of Georgia head football coach Mark Richt.
But in his annual visit to Albany Wednesday for the Albany-Southwest Georgia Bulldog Club Meeting, Richt assured Bulldog fans that the future of the program is just fine.
Mark Richt was one of three Georgia coaches to attend Wednesday's meeting, joining men's basketball coach Dennis Felton and swimming coach Jack Bauerle at the Albany Civic Center.
Coach Richt is entering his fifth season at the helm of the Georgia program, and boasts a 42-10 mark in four years in Athens. But the 2005 season will perhaps be the toughest test for Richt and the Bulldogs.
Not only did Georgia lose six players to the NFL draft, but defensive coordinator Brian Van Gorder also departed for the NFL to be an assitant for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Richt however is confident that someone will step up and fill those voids, just as Pollack did four years ago when Charles Grant left school early for the NFL.
"Charles was a first round draft pick, a great football player. Him and three other defensive ends left our program at the same time and we didn't know what we were going to do. And we stuck Pollack out there just to see how things would go and he did a great job of replacing him," Richt said.
Georgia opens up the season on September the 3rd in Athens against Boise State. Kickoff is slated for 5:30pm.