GA College Football Programs Give Preview of What's to Come
Georgia got its first glimpse at what football programs across the state have in store for the upcoming college season.
The 2012 Pigskin Preview was held at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday. The event has become a media frenzy over the years, this year headlined by the championship hopeful Georgia
Bulldogs and the debut of Macon's Mercer University.
Mercer University Head Coach, Bobby Lamb, will lead the Bears through their first season in 2013, but first he had to make it through his first Pigskin Preview.
"The best thing about being head coach at Mercer University is that we have been undefeated since 1942," said Lamb.
Mercer will hold on to that undefeated record for at least one more year but Coach Lamb believes they have with promising prospects to keep the record going.
"We have a host of talented players coming in that will represent Mercer with first class," said Lamb.
But he knows success won't come overnight.
"I've got a quote on my board that says, 'Mercer football is a process...Don't Hurry'."
But Fort Valley State University seniors David Garbo and DaJuan Williams said their time is now.
When asked where do he see his team in December, Free Safety Williams answered.
"On top, not only in the conference but in the nation."
If you haven't attended a Fort Valley game, this Free Safety says you're missing out.
"Maybe it's a smaller scale, but you get the same players, same hard hitting, same big playmaking players you get in D-1 on the D-2 level also," said Williams.
Williams' teammate and starting center, David Garbo, said the Wildcats are working hard this offseason to put on a show and finish on top.
"In the weight room, on and off the field, be good in the classroom so we can be able to play in the fall."
And Georgia's top dawg was in attendance two weeks after his big contract extension which was music to his quarterback's ears.
"He's one of the reasons I committed to Georgia, to play under Coach Richt," said Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. "I know he's the reason pretty much everyone committed to Georgia. Not only because it's a great football program, but because Coach Richt is a great coach, a great man and we're excited he's going to be around here for a while."
When asked on building on last year's success, Coach Mark Richt responded.
"We just have to realize this is a new season, and we have to prepare for this season harder than we did a year ago, we've got to be a better team than we were a year ago."
And the possibility of the Bulldogs butting heads with the Bears not only on the field but in recruiting.
"It's on the way, it's on the way," said Richt.
Until then, Richt offered this advice to Coach Lamb.
"Just keep doing what you been doing coach."
This year's football season kicks off Thursday, August 30.