April 21, 2013

Spring Rewind: WR

Now that spring is over, we thought we'd analyze each position for the Bulldogs heading into summer workouts, analyze each player and how much Georgia fans should expect each to contribute next fall.

Today, we look at the wide receivers where the Bulldogs graduate Tavarres King and Marlon Brown, but return a bevy of other talented performers who will give Aaron Murray plenty of targets come fall.

Projected Starters (When Georgia is in a base two-receiver set)

Malcolm Mitchell (6-1, 192, Jr.) - Mitchell missed the last two weeks of spring dealing with a meniscus issue that required surgery, but is expected to be 100 percent long before the Bulldogs begin preseason drills in August. Still, the fact that the Valdosta native has been injury prone his first two seasons is a bit of a concern. When healthy, Mitchell has a chance to be one of the SEC's best and if he can stay that way should easily best the career numbers he posted as a freshman when he caught 45 passes for 665 yards and scored four touchdowns.

Michael Bennett (6-3, 204, Jr.) - Bennett was headed toward at least a 50-catch season before he went down with a torn ACL prior to the South Carolina game. He was definitely missed, but in the months since, Bennett has been a workout fiend and has worked harder to come back from his injury quicker and stronger than many inside the Butts-Mehre Building have ever seen. In fact, Bennett was able to actually go out and run some routes during Georgia's final spring practice and is expected to be fully cleared by June. Look for Bennett to pick up right where he left off last year as one of Aaron Murray's primary targets.

Other lettermen (listed in alphabetical order)

Chris Conley (6-3, 205, Jr.) - When he's played, Conley has put up some huge numbers for the Bulldogs and when you combine his two-year totals he has 36 catches for 630 yards and eight touchdowns and is coming off a record-breaking game in the Capital One Bowl game when he caught two passes for 136 yards, including one he took for an 85-yard score. Arguably the team's most versatile receiver, Conley can play the X, Y and Z positions for the Bulldogs. Last year, Conley caught 20 passes for 342 yards and six touchdowns. Don't be surprised if he doubles those numbers (sans touchdowns) this fall.

Rhett McGowan (6-0, 190, Sr.) - McGowan has proven to be a very valuable member of the Georgia receiving corps. The Calhoun native isn't afraid to get his nose dirty and last year made 12 catches for 150 yards and scored one touchdown on a 20-yard catch against Georgia Southern. McGowan may not wow you while on the field, but he's got sure hands and has become a trusted target for Murray.

Justin Scott-Wesley (5-11, 205, RSo.) - It's taken the former state record holder in the 100-meter dash some time to get adjusted to being a collegiate receiver, but after some trying weeks and months, Scott-Wesley seems to be getting the hang of things. Last year he caught six passes for 135 yards and a touchdown which he took for 43 yards against Florida Atlantic. Scott-Wesley still is not a polished receiver by any stretch, but offensive coordinator Mike Bobo will still look to design plays to try and take advantage of his tremendous speed. One side note on Scott-Wesley, after seeing his weight get up to "around" 220 pounds a year ago, he's now back to approximately 205, the same he weighed his senior year at Mitchell County High.

Rantavious Wooten (5-10, 179, Sr.) - "Wootentheballcarrier" as he is aptly nicknamed has been slowed by injuries over his Bulldog career, and by his own admission, hasn't made the sort of impact he would have liked over the course of his Bulldog career. In fact, last season was his best year to date statistically speaking when he caught 15 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns. Although the numbers might not be there, teammates like Conley credit him for being the leader of Georgia's receiving corps and due to his knowledge of the Georgia system, will certainly figure into the rotation, especially when the Bulldogs go into their three- and four-receiver sets.


Michael Erdman (5-10, 190, Sr.) - Erdman played in five games last year but did not record a catch, seeing most of his action on special teams. He did, however, make some key grabs in the G-Day Game and could see a rep or two throughout the season.

Blake Tibbs (6-2, 175, RFr.) - Tibbs redshirted last year after a senior season in which he caught 63 passes for 1,065 yards and 15 touchdowns for MLK. Tibbs is expected to see his first action for the Bulldogs this fall, as his name started popping up in Georgia's four spring scrimmages, including G-Day when he caught four passes.

Newcomers (Listed in alphabetical order)

Reggie Davis (6-0, 160, Fr.) - Davis is slight in stature, but is a good route runner with excellent speed, something he showed last summer in Atlanta while competing in the Rivals Five-Star Challenge. Coaches see the Tallahassee speedster as someone who will be able to stretch the field, although it probably wouldn't hurt him to redshirt this fall to get a little bit stronger.

Rico Johnson (5-11, 172, Fr.) - Another former track star in the mold of Scott-Wesley, Johnson comes to Athens about in the same boat as far as his receiving skills go and is almost assuredly going to redshirt this fall. There's no doubting his speed, however, as he is the reigning Class AA state champion in the 100-meter dash.

Uriah LeMay (6-2, 197, Fr.) - The brother of quarterback Christian LeMay, Uriah LeMay caught 14 passes for 842 yards and 14 touchdowns for Butler High last fall. With Georgia's depth, it's not expected that LeMay will have to contribute this fall, but he will get his opportunity to impress receivers coach Tony Ball in preseason camp.

Jonathon Rumph (6-5, 215, Jr.) - Rumph made a big impression during G-Day when he caught four passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns, as the former Holmes (Miss.) product was able to display his athletic prowess after struggling for most of the spring. While some are hailing Rumph as the next Marlon Brown (he could eventually be), the Cayce, S.C. native still has plenty he needs to learn and become comfortable with before he can become a consistent performer this fall.

Tramel Terry (5-11, 193, Fr.) - After tearing his ACL on the opening kickoff of the Shrine Bowl, it was assumed that Terry would be a definite redshirt this fall. Hold the phone on that. Terry is recovering nicely from the injury and even head coach Mark Richt admits he may be able to play this fall. That would be huge news as Terry is a dynamic talent, who as a senior caught 48 passes for 792 yards and five touchdowns while rushing 113 times for 841 yards and 19 scores.


Clay Johnson (6-1, 170. RFr.), Jamal Payette (6-3, 190), Jake Starr (6-5, 220, RFr.), Kenneth Towns (6-3, 202, RFR.) and Curtis Wyatt (6-1, 200, Jr.).

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