I guess fans aren’t the only folks who play the “what if” game. Here’s something from Charles Johnson:
PG: After a standout junior year, you decided to go pro early. And, a lot of people, especially in the media, give their reasons—or, what they think are the reasons—why players enter the NFL Draft early. So, if you don’t mind me asking, why did you enter the draft early?
CJ: First off, I always wonder—I mean, I truly think about it a lot—what if I had stayed [for the 2007 season] because that year was when Georgia won the Sugar Bowl, and really came close to playing for a national championship. I would have played with Marcus Howard (Howard, like Johnson, was a reserve for multiple seasons until finally starting at a defensive end spot his final year in 2007), and I wonder if I would have been able to help the team out further…
Would it have made a difference if he had stayed? I’m not sure he could have done much to change the result in Knoxville that year, but that 16-12 loss to South Carolina… yeah, who knows. And a one-loss regular season would have sent Georgia to the SECCG, in a wild, wild year. Would have been crazy, that’s for sure.
Then again, if Georgia wouldn’t have beaten the ‘Cocks, I hate to think what kind of harm Johnson and Howard together might have inflicted on Colt Brennan in that Sugar Bowl. It was bad enough as it was.