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.