Aug. 26, 2004
Athens, Ga. -- As the 2004 college football season is finally upon us, FSN South's live, nightly (10 p.m.) SOUTHERN SPORTS REPORT concludes its emphasis on the region's passion for the college game - particularly within the Atlantic Coast and Southeastern Conferences. "Football Class" is in session each night for the next week, however, with features, analysis and behind-the-scenes glimpses into what fans need to know to prepare themselves for the start of the 2004 season.
Here's a brief look at the nightly agenda for "Football Class" from 8/26-9/1:
THURSDAY, 8/26 - Georgia's offensive line; a group which last season allowed the most sacks in the Southeastern Conference, needs to come together this year if the Bulldogs are to live up to their preseason hype and a quest for the school's first national championship since 1980.
FRIDAY, 8/27 - Florida State wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe started the first 11 games last season, before breaking two bones in his leg against NC State and missing the remainder of the season; now bigger, stronger and faster, can he bounce back and improve upon the numbers he put up before being felled by injury? - 51 catches for 994 yards and 11 TDs.
SATURDAY, 8/28 - The Whitehurst family photo album, featuring Clemson's star junior quarterback Charlie, father and former Green Bay Packer QB David, and sister/daughter Carrie, a sophomore forward on Clemson's women's basketball team.
SUNDAY, 8/29 - No "Football Class" as the SSR: SUNDAY FOOTBALL FINAL (pro football round-up show) airs at 10 p.m., pre-empting the regular SSR show.
MONDAY, 8/30 - Once the quarterback of the future at Georgia Tech, Damarius Bilbo is using summer practice to develop as the Yellow Jackets' "go-to" receiver; once a MLB Milwaukee Brewers draft pick, can Bilbo adapt to being on the other end of the Yellow Jackets' passing attack?
TUESDAY, 8/31 - After a lengthy career as a highly respected NFL assistant coach, former Alabama All-American lineman Sylvester Croom took the head coaching reins at Mississippi State during the offseason and became the SEC's first African-American head coach; Tim Brando checks in with the Bulldogs' new field boss to see how he's adjusting to being back in the SEC and to getting his players to buy in to his philosophy.
WEDNESDAY, 9/1 - Thomas Davis played eight positions in high school (Randolph-Clay HS in Shellman, Ga.), but low SAT scores kept him from being highly recruited, after choosing Georgia, however, he is the starter at free safety and is coming off a year in which he led the Bulldogs in tackles and earned an SEC Player of the Week citation.
Thomas Davis will be featured on Wednesday, Sept. 1st on Southern Sports Report