Team preview: Georgia

The Blue Ribbon College Football Yearbook previews the 2008 Georgia Bulldogs, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: July 7, 2008, 11:35 AM ET
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(All information as of June 20, 2008)

COACH AND PROGRAM

Mark Richt participated in back-to-back goodwill missions to the Middle East and Honduras in mid-May once his Georgia team capped spring drills. It is doubtful, even in those distant locations, that Richt could escape the hype engulfing his program since its 41-10 dismantling of Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl.

The Bulldogs boast 45 returning letter winners, 16 starters and have been consistent SEC championship contenders under Richt, entering his eighth season and second in a row after a philanthropic mission to Honduras. Perhaps now more so than at any time since Vince Dooley and Herschel Walker were the faces of the program, Georgia is deemed among the handful of perennial national championship challengers.

Richt, who took nearly two dozen Bulldogs players on the mission trip and joined a handful of other coaches touring the Middle East, has vowed not to let the media attention cause his team to deviate from its path.