When Georgia last won the SEC Championship in 2005, Quentin Moses was involved in the game’s signature defense play. Moses helped tackle LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who left the game with an injured shoulder – and the Tigers’ chances left with him. These days, Moses is still making tackles. He played linebacker for the Virginia Destroyers before the United Football League folded earlier this year. Moses, 29, is still training near his home in Duluth with hopes of catching on with another team. He played four seasons in the NFL. After Moses finishes football, he wants to return to Georgia to get his master’s degree in administration and work in a college athletic department.
How often do people bring up the 2005 SEC Championship to you? “Whenever Georgia has a good year, because that was the last time we won an SEC Championship. Coach Richt and his teams have done it a couple of times, and that was the last one. Whenever Georgia gets off to a good start, people always compare that team to the last team that won the SEC. Whenever Georgia does well, the 2005 team is a topic of conversation, especially last year and this year. We couldn’t pull it off last year. But hopefully they will be able to win it this time.”
What is a little-known fact about the 2005 SEC Championship? “JaMarcus Russell got injured on a play. At first, no one really knew it was an injury. They thought it was a big play or sack. I was scrambling around and got to the QB. But a guy named Jeff Owens had made the play already. I just fell on top of him. At the time, I was such a notable player and a lot of people were talking about me. And everybody gave me credit for it. To this day, whenever I see Jeff, he always gives me a hard time about how I stole his fame.”
Georgia or Alabama? “I’m going to go with Georgia, and not only because I’m an alumni. If you look over recent years, Florida and Alabama have won a couple of those national championships. I just think now it’s our time. We’ve got all the elements this year. We have all the components on offense, and we’ve got all the players on defense. We’re solid and we’re strong. I just think the guys are hungry. And I think it’s time Georgia gets back in the mix with the best teams in the SEC.”
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