Georgia senior defensive end Demarcus Dobbs is well aware that this is his last chance.
The same goes for all of his fellow seniors on the Bulldogs’ roster.
Dobbs is a fifth-year senior, so he arrived on campus in 2006. Other seniors such as cornerback Vance Cuff and offensive tackle Clint Boling didn’t redshirt. They showed up in 2007.
They all have the same thing in common when it comes to SEC championship rings. They don’t have one and want no part of being the first class in the Mark Richt era to be shut out.
The Bulldogs won an SEC title in 2002 and again in 2005, but haven’t even been to Atlanta to play for the title since their last championship.
Dobbs and Co. are determined to end that drought.
“We came in and told each other we were going to win a championship,” Dobbs said. “This is our final year to do that. Everybody is taking that and putting it on his shoulders individually.
“It’s hard to pick one leader on this team because everybody is putting in just as much work and effort as the next person, and that’s what you’ve got to have. You can’t have different levels of that, and I think we have in the past.”
Georgia can take an early step toward getting back to Atlanta on Saturday by winning at South Carolina.
The loser of this game has never gone on to play in the SEC championship game.
“Those of us who came in together and are still here want to see this thing through,” Dobbs said. “Being here and seeing how everyone’s come along, we want to do it for each other as much as we do ourselves.”