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The Top 20
William F. Reed
August 30, 1993
Or, to be more accurate, the Next 19. There's no question the Seminoles are No. 1, but here are questions—and answers—about those chasing them
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August 30, 1993

The Top 20

Or, to be more accurate, the Next 19. There's no question the Seminoles are No. 1, but here are questions—and answers—about those chasing them

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Q: The Bulldogs lost three starters off the defensive line and three more from the secondary. They also had to replace two underclassmen: tailback Garrison Hearst, who was selected in the first round of the NFL draft by Phoenix, and without Andre Hastings, who was taken in the third round by the Steelers. Is that all?

A: That's all, but Georgia won't miss Hearst and Hastings as much as you might think. New starting tailback Terrell Davis averaged more yards per carry last season than Hearst (7.3 yards to 6.8), and wideout Hason Graham averaged 19.5 yards on 13 catches. Junior quarterback Eric Zeier already owns most of the school passing records, and he'll be operating behind a line that includes senior tackle Bernard Williams (6'9", 310 pounds), who might be the No. 1 pick in next year's NFL draft.

20. Southern Cal

Q: How do you restore respectability to a once proud and confident program that lost its last three games on the way to a 6-5-1 finish?

A: Well, you could call in Penn State's Joe Paterno, or you could hire John Robinson, who led the Trojans to a 67-14-2 record from 1976 to '82. He took over for ousted coach Larry Smith a few days after USC's Freedom Bowl loss to Fresno State and immediately reopened practices to fans. Next thing you knew alums like Marcus Allen, Mark Carrier and Rodney Peete were kibitzing on the sidelines. Robinson also declared that he would reestablish the running game that earned Southern Cal the nickname Tailback U during his prior reign. Next he installed a 4-3 defense to give more freedom to 6'6", 245-pound senior end Willie McGinest, who last year had 23 tackles for losses, including 16 sacks. Now all Robinson has to do is figure out how to beat Penn State, Arizona, Notre Dame and Washington—on the road.

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