You know, Dawg fans like to talk about how loaded Jim Donnan’s 2000 defensive team was. Maybe it’s time to start seeing Richt’s 2008 offensive squad in the same way.
Here’s the starting lineup for that Capital One Bowl and where they were drafted.SE Mohamed Massaquoi (second round) SE Kris Durham (fourth round) LT Clint Boling (fourth round) LG Cordy Glenn (second round) C Ben Jones (fourth round) RG Chris Davis RT Josh Davis QB Matthew Stafford (first round) TB Knowshon Moreno (first round) FLK A.J. Green (first round) FLK Michael Moore
That’s three first-round draft picks, two second-round picks, and three fourth-round selections. That doesn’t include two seventh-round picks–fullback Shaun Chapas (six starts) and Anderson (eight starts) who did not start the bowl game.
Both teams have lost opportunities in common. For the 2008 Dawgs, it’s pretty apparent what the Achilles heel was.
That Georgia team finished first in the SEC in passing offense, second in total offense and third in scoring offense, but finished 10-3, giving up 41 or more points in losses to Alabama (41-30), Florida (49-10) and Georgia Tech (45-42).
That defense wasn’t untalented – Weiszer notes that twelve players on it were drafted by NFL teams – but it was a huge disappointment. Two seasons later (and at least one season too late), Richt was forced to clean house with his defensive staff. But at least several of his kids from that team are earning decent livings today.