Bulldogs Not Worried About Preseason Omissions

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) - No Georgia Bulldogs were to be found among the first-team All-Southeastern Conference picks Friday.

The Bulldogs also were picked to finish third in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division, behind Florida and Tennessee in voting by league reporters at SEC media days.

If coach Mark Richt felt slighted by those results, he wasn't showing it.

Richt said "I don't worry too much about it one way or another. The one that matters the most is the end of the year. If we win, we'll have guys on the first-team. If we don't win, we won't."

Arkansas tailback Darren McFadden was the only unanimous All-SEC pick and was joined in the first-team backfield by his own teammate, running back Felix Jones. Kentucky's Andre' Woodson beat out Tennessee's Erik Ainge at quarterback.

LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey and Alabama cornerback Simeon Castille received the most votes on defense, picked on 78 of 80 ballots.

Georgia lost four games last season, all in the SEC, but finished on a three-game winning streak as quarterback Matthew Stafford settled into the job.

Strong safety Kelin Johnson said he doesn't mind the lack of preseason attention. He said "What matters is the final reckoning."

Questions about Stafford's blockers are one reason people aren't sure about Georgia. Richt said freshman Trinton Sturdivant is the leading candidate to start at left tackle and redshirt freshman Chris Davis is penciled in at left guard. Fernando Velasco, meanwhile, is moving from guard to center.

Richt said "That more than anything else is why people aren't giving us much of a chance."

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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