Originally posted on Jan. 7, 2009:
So we know now that thanks to Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno leaving early for the NFL draft and Mohamed Massaquoi graduating, three of the Dawgs’ Fab Four will be gone next season. Sounds dire, but I’m not so sure the Georgia offense is going to be as bad off as some folks in the Bulldog Nation fear. I think Joe Cox will be fine at QB. He’s not as talented as Matthew Stafford, granted, but he throws a nice ball and knows the offense. And he’ll still have A.J. Green, Michael Moore and Kris Durham as big targets, not to mention any other receivers that step up. As I said last week, I’m more concerned with the falloff at tailback, though the tandem of Caleb King and Richard Samuel certainly has potential, and I’m betting Washaun Ealey doesn’t redshirt like Moreno did. The young offensive line, while not exactly top-caliber, should be markedly improved after this season’s baptism by fire. Plus Trinton Sturdivant should be back. The defense? Well, the bowl game was encouraging. And hopefully Jeff Owens will be back. But that side of the line of scrimmage is still a wait-and-see proposition. And, of course, we’ve got to hope the injury situation this season was a fluke and not some indication of a faulty conditioning program. So the outlook for next season remains unclear. But that would have been the case even with Stafford and Moreno back. Now it’s just a bit murkier. As for our former quarterback and tailback, I wish them well. Their time at Georgia didn’t entirely live up to its promise, but they gave us some great moments.