Chip Towers makes a good point in his piece about Chris Conley.
That should serve Conley well because it’s becoming increasingly clear he’s going to be on the field a lot for Georgia this fall. Until Bennett returns from rehab – he’s out until August – only Conley (36 catches for 630 yards, 8 TDs) and junior split end Malcolm Mitchell (85-1,237-8) have any notable game experience. The rest of Georgia’s receiving production will have to come from up-and-comers such as Justin Scott-Wesley and Blake Tibbs and experienced veterans like Rhett McGowan and Rantavious Wooten. Anything the Bulldogs’ get out of first-year players will be a bonus.
Brown and King are gone. They combined last season for 69 catches and over 1,400 receiving yards. There’s some production that’s got to be made up. If Bennett comes back without missing a beat, he, along with Mitchell and Conley, should give Georgia more than solid options in its three-wide sets. But what if he needs time to shake off some rust?
Some of the slack will no doubt be taken up by the tight ends. Lynch was solid and Rome was really coming on at the end of last season. And the bowl game hinted at getting Gurley and Marshall more involved in the passing game. But while that’s all good, the offense needs the threat of that third wideout sometimes to spread the field and give Gurshall better rushing lanes when defenses stack the middle of the field against the I-formation stuff.
I’m guessing it’s going to be handled by committee between the likes of Scott-Wesley, Wooten and McGowan, unless somebody in the group emerges, or until Bennett shows he’s ready to step back into the starting three. But it’s likely early on that Mitchell and Conley are going to be getting a work out.