July 26, 2006

Elmore hopes for a big senior season

While every player on the 2006 Georgia Bulldogs wants to have a big season, nobody wants it more than senior defensive tackle Marquis Elmore. The former five-star rated prospect has had a rocky career in Athens and has not been much of a factor. Now, he hopes to go out with a bang.

"We have been working hard this summer to get ready for the season," said Elmore of the team's summer workouts. "We are going to take care of business in August camp, and I am looking forward to my senior year."

Elmore, who signed with Georgia first in 2001 out of Folkston as a linebacker, but, after failing to qualify academically, attended Hargrave Military Academy that fall where he recorded 80 tackles, had four sacks, and snagged three interceptions. None of this was anything new for Elmore who had been a star for Charlton County and named the State of Georgia's Defensive Player of the Year.

He signed with UGA in 2002 ready to go, but was promptly moved from linebacker to defensive end and redshirted. The following spring he was named the team's most improved lineman, but remained third on the depth chart. He recorded just one tackle in 2003 due to the fact that he missed much of the season injured-a story that would repeat itself for the next two seasons.

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