December 19, 2005
Athens - The Georgia Bulldogs have won two conference championships in the last four years, with their defense always playing a major role.
Senior Tim Jennings was an impact player from the first time he set foot in Athens, starting three games as a true freshman, even though the Dogs only signed Jennings after missing out on another player.
The cornerback finished off the SEC championship in style, returning an interception for a touchdown for UGA's final score.
Jennings says, "It feels great. It means a lot. My last opportunity to make some plays in the Dome, well really it's not, because we're going back to it. Hopefully I can do it again and leave feeling even better."
Things could have been much different for Jennings and the Bulldogs, as he wasn't offered a scholarship until late in the recruiting process, and almost went to South Carolina State.
"It's a blessing that I had to opportunity to come here and make the best of it. Winning games and winnings championships is what it's all about, and I couldn't have made a better decision."
All Jennings did since that time is play in every game possible, starting each of the last two seasons, and defensive coordinator Willie Martinez says despite losing some major talent this season, he knew players like Jennings would step up.
"We didn't know how good we could be, but we knew we had a chance to be pretty good because we had some good senior leadership coming back."
And with just one game left in his career at UGA, the senior says the time has gone by quickly.
"It is kind of hard to believe. It feels like I just got here. I've been here just four years. I wasn't able to red shirt, which is thankful, and now it's over with. I'm going to miss every bit of it."
Jennings and the Bulldogs will face West Virginia January 2nd in the Sugar Bowl.