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August 26, 2008
Freshman of Impact: Tavarres King
At 6-foot-1 and 181 pounds, King was making great strides during the spring before a staph infection knocked him out of the annual G-Day game. King has completely recovered from the injury and is already listed at third on the depth chart at flanker behind Kenneth Harris and Kris Durham. As UGASports continues its look at the No. 4 impact true freshmen, we examine King who is expected to add greatly to Georgia's receiving corps.
Position: Wide receiver
Climbing the depth chart: It says something that King is already listed at No. 3 on the depth chart at split end and he hasn't yet taken a snap in a college game. In Harris (6-foot-3) and Durham (6-5), the Bulldogs have a couple of big-bodied receivers who will help give Georgia an effective over-the-middle presence. King, meanwhile, has the speed to stretch the field as a legitimate deep threat.
What will make it tough: The sheer number of receivers at Georgia's disposal could make it difficult for King to get into the kind of rhythm as he ordinarily might, but as far as the Bulldogs are concerned, too many receivers is better than too few. Green's impact is another factor that will bear some watching, because if the Summerville, S.C. native is able to live up to his early hype, he'll be taking away plays from a lot of a lot of his fellow receivers.
UGASports' take: "Tavarres was smooth as silk during the spring and proved to coaches that he can go up and make the tough catch. As someone who is also blessed with excellent speed, Tavarres appears to be the total package and for a young receiver seems to understand the game extremely well."
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