ATHENS — On Tuesday afternoon, the Georgia football team will
return to practice. The head coach will be the same. So will most of his staff. The team itself, however, will look much different.
So will the expectations placed upon the players.
This is a program that is freshly minted as a top-tier national power, both on the field and in recruiting. The previous
team nearly won a national championship and its players already have gone down in program lore for what they accomplished:
a Rose Bowl title, an SEC championship, a win at Notre Dame and just a general dominance of the SEC East that hardly has been
But most of the key players from that team have departed. Or at least they will after they suit up in Athens one final
time Wednesday for pro day. The returning players take the field a day earlier, charged with reloading for a season in Athens
that is still expected to deliver an SEC East title. At a minimum.