Pigskin Preview: Georgia Military College

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga.--  Georgia Military College capped off the 2012 football season with a trip to the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl in December. The Bulldogs lost, but are hoping their experience in the postseason will help them this year.

"The kids competed real well and we were able to build on that in the off-season," said Assistant Head Coach Rob Manchester.  "We've got a great nucleus coming back. Several of the kids are getting big-time offers so it was great to build on and hopefully it will carry over into the summer."

GMC went undefeated at home on the way to a record of 7-4.  This year, they have around 35 guys coming back to help them out.

"I feel like we recruited real well," explained Manchester.  "Hopefully, we can bring those guys in the fold. We're going to have to count on a lot of them. Maybe not so much as we did in the past because we've got a lot of sophomores coming back."

GMC has come up in national conversations recently.  The Bulldogs boast the top junior college running back in the nation with Akeem Judd.

"Akeem really is a good combination of speed power and receiving skills as a tailback," said Head Coach Bert Williams. "He's really an every-down tailback."

Judd and cornerback Quintavious Knight are both verbally committed to Ole Miss for 2014.

A big presence will be back on the defensive line at 100%.  DaVonte Lambert is coming off MCL surgery.

"He was able to get out there a little bit and practice," said Manchester.  "He's the cornerstone of what we do on defense."

"I actually went through my whole season with [the injury]," explained Lambert.  "It was painful, but when it's time to play I'll do anything for my team."

Quarterback Clay Chastain is now at Georgia State, competiting for a spot with the team.  GMC is looking to Pat Thomas to take over.

"[Thomas] came out of last spring as the starting quarterback and hurt his knee in the spring game," said Williams.  "We feel really good about his ability. He's a dual threat guy. He can hurt you with his arm or hurt you with his feet."

Georgia Military College opens the season on the road August 24 against Blinn College in Perkinston, Mississippi.

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