Dogs Win Ten Or More For Sixth Time in Last Seven Years
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Georgia withstood a record number of injuries to record ten or more wins for the sixth time in the last seven years--a mark never achieved in Bulldog football history. The Bulldogs had 23 season-ending injuries along the way but still managed nine regular season victories and a win over Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl. The finish leaves Georgia with a 82-22 record over the past eight seasons under Mark Richt who now has the fourth best winning percentage among all active coaches. His winning percentage currently ranks ahead of Bobby Bowden, Joe Paterno, and Steve Spurrier.
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Final Record: 10-3
SEC Record: 6-2
Home: 4-2; Away: 5-0; Neutral: 1-1
Coaches poll ranking: 10
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Georgia's Attendance Average Georgia's average home football attendance of 92,746
Ranks Fifth Nationally
ranked fifth best in the country for the 2008 season
according to NCAA statistics.
The 92,746 figure represents a sellout in all six Bulldog
home games. The fifth-place finish marks the 22nd time
in the last 27 years that Georgia has ranked among the
nation's top six teams in average home attendance.
It's also the 26th time in the last 27 years the
Bulldogs have finished among the top seven.
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| || SEC Players of the Week|
TB Knowshon Moreno (Off) vs. CMU
LB Rennie Curran (Def.) vs. S.C.
WR A.J. Green (Fresh) vs. Ariz. State
OT Clint Boling (Off. Line) vs. Tenn.
TB Knowshon Moreno (Off.) vs. Vandy
TB Knowshon Moreno (Off.) vs. LSU
LB Darryl Gamble (Def.) vs. LSU
C Ben Jones (Off. Line) vs. Ky.
WR A.J. Green (Fresh) vs. Auburn
| || 2008 Team Captains|
WR Mohamed Massaquoi (Team Capt.)
FB Brannan Southerland (Off. Capt)
DT Corvey Irvin (Def. Capt.)
SS Andrew Williams (Spec. Teams Capt.)
| || 2008 PLAYER HONORS|
First Team All-American
TB Knowshon Moreno (AFCA)
Second Team All-American
TB Knowshon Moreno (W. Camp, AP)
WR A.J. Green (Sporting News)
First Team All-SEC
TB Knowshon Moreno (Coaches, AP)
LB Rennie Curran (Coaches)
OT Clint Boling (AP)
WR Mohamed Massaquoi (Coaches)
WR A.J. Green (AP)
Second Team All-SEC
QB Matthew Stafford (Coaches, AP)
WR Mohamed Massaquoi (AP)
WR A.J. Green (Coaches)
LB Rennie Curran (AP)
FS Reshad Jones (AP)
P Brian Mimbs (Coaches, AP)
Coaches All-SEC Freshman Team
OT Justin Anderson
OG Cordy Glenn
C Ben Jones
WR A.J. Green
DT DeAngelo Tyson
PK Blair Walsh
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Geno Atkins, Drew Butler, Shaun Chapas,
Joe Cox, Ricardo Crawford, Matthew DeGenova,
Jonathan DeLaureal, Kris Durham, Bo Fowler,
Ty Frix, Andrew Gully, Wes Jacobs, Andrew
Jensen, Andrew Johnson, Ben Jones, Jeremy
Lomax, Mohamed Massaquoi, Brian Mimbs,
Casey Nickels, Christian Norton, Joshua Sailors,
Richard Samuel, Brannan Southerland, Matthew
Stafford, Trinton Sturdivant, Kade Weston,
Aron White, Charles White, Antonio Wilson.
| || Post Season Honors|
FB Shaun Chapas, WR Kris Durham
2008 Senior Bowl
WR Mohamed Massaquoi
DT Corvey Irvin
East-West Shrine Game
LB Dannell Ellerbe
SEC Good Works Team
WR Mohamed Massaquoi
Another point of pride in the Rich era is the 102 football players who have earned degrees since December, 2004
For the sixth time in the past seven seasons,
Georgia won at least 10 games, and Bulldog head coach Mark Richt said he and
his staff are hungry for a championship just like the fans.
In his annual conference call with the media to review the
season, Richt said the Bulldogs would continue to aim for Southeastern
Conference Championships and the chance to play for a national title.
"The main thing for us, we absolutely want to maximize our
potential in every area of our program," said Richt. "I want our coaches to get
better, for myself to become a better leader, our players to become the best
possible player they can be in the off-season, spring ball, academically,
socially. I want everything to improve. We've got a tremendous base of talent,
outstanding coaches and tremendous support. We've got the ingredients. Each
player, coach, everybody involved, we need to make sure they are hungry and get
after it. We play in a tough league and everybody else is trying to do the
same. We're going to bang heads and be the best we can be. It's a tough
On Monday, Richt said he was pleased that assistant head
coach/recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner decided to remain
at Georgia. Tennessee and Auburn had approached him recently, and the Tigers
also had interest in Bulldog offensive line coach Stacy Searels.
"It's very big and important to
have all our coaches here, and it's a blessing to the program," said Richt. "To
keep Rodney and Stacy on staff is very big, it's big to have everybody on
staff. When you have outstanding people, other folks are attracted to them, and
they will want to talk to them. All of our coaches are worth fighting for. In
the end, it comes down to where these guys want to be, where their heart is.
I'm thankful Rodney is staying, Stacey is staying, and all the guys are
staying. Georgia is bigger than any one man, I do believe in continuity, and
the right kind of men, and we have that."
Richt added that he want guys
who want to be at Georgia, and their decision motivates him to be a better head
coach, leader and to help everyone reach their full potential.
"It's great for Georgia that
they get that kind of opportunity and decide Georgia is where they want to be,"
Richt indicated that he had not
heard any news from junior quarterback Matthew Stafford or redshirt sophomore
running back Knowshon Moreno on their status of either returning to Georgia or
turning professional. The deadline to declare for the National Football League
draft is Jan. 15.
"In a week's time or less, we may know what they are going
to do," said Richt. "I don't want to put undue pressure on them, they have to
figure it out by themselves. I
want what's best for them and to have their heart in it."
After the regular season, Richt mentioned how injuries took
a toll on the Bulldogs starting with their approach in practice. During bowl
workouts, Georgia opted for more contact and it helped, according to Richt.
"We practiced different this year, and it was attributed to
the number of injuries in camp," said Richt. "We addressed that in the way we
practiced for the bowl. We tackled more in our bowl practices than we did all
season long. I think our defense improved in that time frame. They tackled
better, had more of a swagger in that game. That's part of it, practicing the
way we need to practice."
Richt said the staff would look at personnel and make sure
everyone is in the right spot. As far as playing time for incoming freshmen,
Richt said the best guys are going to play.
"If one of
those freshman comes in and is good enough to start, he'll start," said Richt.
"That's true at any position. Look at receiver, A.J. (Green) came in and we've
got nine other receivers on scholarship and eventually he became a starter and
led the league in receiving."
After beginning 2008 as the preseason number one ranked
team, Richt said if the Bulldogs were highly ranked to start 2009, they would
understand better that it doesn't really mean a thing.
"What really matters is the focus and the work and staying
healthy," said Richt.
Georgia concluded the 2008 season with a 10-3 record capped
by a 24-12 win over Michigan State in the 2009 Capital One Bowl.