Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Nine reasons Vanderbilt has a shot to upset Georgia

I'll never forget watching Vanderbilt play Georgia in Athens in 1994. It was the Bulldogs' homecoming, and the Dawgs team was loaded with future NFL players like QB Eric Zeir, RB Terrell Davis, OT Jon Stinchcomb, WR Hines Ward and LB Randall Godfrey.

But Vandy had Ronnie Gordon and Jermaine Johnson and a bunch of other Georgia boys who grew up wanting to play for the Bulldogs but never got scholarship offers. The final score: Vanderbilt 43, Georgia 30.

Here are nine reasons that Vandy could stun Georgia on Saturday:

• Warren Norman, RB, Stone Mountain, Ga.
• Brandon Barden, TE, Lincolnton, Ga.
• Udom Umoh, WR, Fort Valley, Ga.
• Alex Washington, WR, Stone Mountain, Ga.
• Greg Billinger, DT, Lilburn, Ga.
• T.J. Greenstone, DT, Lawrenceville, Ga.
• Casey Hayward, DB, Elko, Ga.
• Broderick Stewart, DE, Newnan, Ga.
• Brett Upson, P, Griffin, Ga.

All those guys are starters or part-time starters. Need more reasons? OK, here are 12 more:

• Austin Newton, LB, McDonough
• Kennard Reeves, RB, Duluth
• Ryan Seymour, OT, Kingsland
• Tristan Strong, LB, Loganville
• Bo Baggarley, LB, Forsyth
• Richard Kent, P, Marietta
• Taylor Loftley, DL, Chamblee
• Mark Panu, DE, Mableton
• Conrad Quiros, SN, Atlanta
• Jameson Sackey, WR, Smyrna
• Blake Southerland, LB, Lawrenceville
• Dan Sutton, LB, Tucker

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