“As many toys that can score, that’s who you want on the field.”

Mark Richt jokes that Georgia’s current receivers situation is bad for Mike Bobo’s health.

“I think he’ll feel a lot better if in fact in June all of those guys are running around full-speed, changing direction, making plays, catching the ball,” Richt said. “I think his blood pressure will go down considerably, but right now I can tell you he’s not in a good way when it comes to that.”

Even when everyone comes back in June as anticipated, it’s still gonna feel a little iffy.  Scott-Wesley is all but guaranteed to miss the opener against Clemson.  And given his track record, you wonder if Malcolm Mitchell could get injured in a stiff wind.  One good thing is that the Tennessee game is in Athens this year, so at least that Neyland turf won’t be a factor.

But it’s obvious they know what’s missing from the offense with those two out.

Scott-Wesley didn’t practice this spring and Mitchell was out all spring after sustaining what Georgia called a left leg injury on the first day. Mason said their absence kept Georgia from going uptempo as much as it would have liked due to a lack of numbers.

“Those are two of our guys … that are a little bit more explosive speed guys that can stretch the field,” Bobo said. “I think our offense runs a little bit better when we have some guys on the outside that can run.”

What’s interesting, and maybe even a little surprising, is that the coaches are clearly counting on some of the freshmen receivers coming in the summer contributing this season.  I’m not sure if that’s a reflection of the fear of more injuries, or the quality of the on-campus receiving corps behind Bennett, Davis, Mitchell and Scott-Wesley.  If it’s the latter, Jonathon Rumph sounds like he’s in danger of becoming the forgotten man.

Just another thing to keep an eye on this August.

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11 responses to ““As many toys that can score, that’s who you want on the field.”

  1. heytogoober

    Regarding the Neyland Stadium turf, does anyone know if Tennessee lost any players to injury playing on it? How about other teams that played there?

    We got beaten up pretty badly, but I’m wondering if it was just us. Not being snarky, just curious.

    • I don’t know if it was just that day, or what. But that turf was not fit to play on. Large bumps all over the place. IDK why it costs us, and not Tennessee. But it costs us dearly (Bennett & JSW).
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  2. I’m not sure if that’s a reflection of the fear of more injuries, or the quality of the on-campus receiving corps behind Bennett, Davis, Mitchell and Scott-Wesley.

    A bit of both, I suspect. We’re going to miss McGowan. Our WR recruiting hasn’t been the best the last several years, it can be much better. We better make sure this 2015 class is killer, or we could end up in a bad hole at that spot.

    It seems we’ve taken a lot of risks at WR, with less-than-elite guys. Enough of them have worked out, thanks mostly to the coaching of Ball, IMO. But I think we need to start loading up with top talent at WR, and keep it going.

    If it’s the latter, Jonathon Rumph sounds like he’s in danger of becoming the forgotten man.

    Rumph has shown he can’t be counted on, but we’ll have to anyway, and hope for the best.
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  3. Rebar

    I remember this same gnashing of teeth a few years ago, but Bennett and MItchell stepped right up to the task. I’m not as worried with our receivers as much as I am the offensive line.

    • Macallanlover

      True that the OL is the biggest concern on this year’s team but needing someone to stretch the field was exactly what limited us after the TN game and our offense was more manageable for opposing defenses. Now stretching the field will require that our QB can hit those burners enough time to warrant enough attention from safeties. Murray was excellent at the long pass (save that miserable effort before half in the SECCG against Bama), but Mason is an unknown at this point. I don’t see how we can be as unfortunate with receivers this year as we were last when it comes to injuries. Still, I will continue to pray harder for the OL than the receiving group.

  4. AthensHomerDawg

    Rumph reminds me of Marlon Brown (MrTennesssee) . He’s talented but not use to playing against Sec talent. I think he finds his stride and becomes that big body in the end zone.

  5. Lumpdawg

    Adds to my confusion regarding Tramel Terry’s move. He has the making of the guy who we jerk around for 4-5 years because we don’t know where to play him.

    • Macallanlover

      I understand your concern but feel TT will be best used as DB and ST returner. Just not that hard to find decent receivers, and they can play immediately. We will never know because he seems to be headed for DB, and it doesn’t sound like they are waffling on it They did get a year to look at him as a receiver though, even if he wasn’t at full speed. Our greater need is at DB and he will benefit more if it works out for him on defense.

  6. Dawgmeat

    Think you are forgetting about Chris Conley, probably best receiver on team.