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Dogs open spring facing big expectations this fall

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March 3, 2008

Athens - The confetti was still flying in the Louisiana Superdome after Georgia's Sugar Bowl win over Hawaii when the Bulldog nation began counting down the days to the start of the 2008 season.

The Georgia football team took one their first step towards the 2008 campaign with the start of spring practice on Monday.

With 16 of 22 starters back from an eleven-win team that finished second in the nation last year, Georgia is expected not only to contend for the SEC title this fall but also the the national championship.

 While the Dogs have a lot of talent back, there are some holes to fill this spring.

Georgia lost two starters on the offensive line, big play receiver Sean Bailey, leading pass rusher in Marcus Howard, and defensive leader Kelin Johnson.

Junior quarterback Matthew Stafford said "The way we got to finish up number two or three in the country last year was hard work and a bunch of guys believing in that. It was a good vibe."

Sophomore running back Knowshon Moreno said  "Just let everyone keep on talking. We are just going stay focues and keep on working hard this spring and before every game. We really are not trying to listen to that stuff too much."

Georgia will practice on two more times this week and take next week off during spring break.

The G-Day game is April fifth.  

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