Georgia Bulldogs look for redemption in 2011

by | August 31, 2011 9:04 am

by CHRIS LEWIS

 

   After a disappointing season that saw them go

6-7 and lose to Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl, the Georgia

Bulldogs and head coach Mark Richt have a lot to prove this season.

The losing season was the first since Jim Donnan guided Georgia to

a 5-6 record in 1995. 

   Departed from last year’s squad are A.J. Green (NFL), Washaun

Ealey (transfer) and Caleb King (academically ineligible). Highly

rated recruits now on campus include running back Isaiah Crowell,

defensive end Ray Drew and tight end Jay Rome. Crowell and Drew

especially will be called upon to immediately jump in and

contribute to this team. 

   The 2011 season will begin for the Bulldogs Saturday as they

face the Boise State Broncos in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic at

the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The following week they will host

South Carolina in Athens in both teams’ first SEC game. The first

two games will be pivotal for Georgia in setting the tone for the

season. After facing Boise and South Carolina, the Bulldogs have

what seems to be a manageable schedule all the way to the Florida

game on Oct. 29. Sandwiched between are games versus Coastal

Carolina, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and

Vanderbilt. 

   After Florida the Bulldogs will face New Mexico State, Auburn,

Kentucky and Georgia Tech. With Tennessee, Florida and Auburn

seemingly in rebuilding mode, Georgia’s first two games look to be

the toughest on paper. After consecutive mediocre seasons, Richt

and Georgia know they need to come out swinging in 2011. Saturday

in Atlanta they’ll have the chance to do just that. The telecast

will begin at 7:45 p.m. on ESPN.

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