Speaking of receivers, here’s how Seth Emerson describes the post-spring pecking order in Athens:
- Mitchell, Bennett and Conley are the top tier.
– Scott-Wesley makes it four in the top tier when he’s healthy, which he and Mitchell are expected to be. But Scott-Wesley is also facing a one-game suspension.
– Reggie Davis is the next in line, and is the fifth and probably final receiver right now virtually guaranteed to be part of the rotation.
– Towns, Rumph and Erdman have played before, and are the most likely to earn the last spot or two in the rotation.
– Tibbs and LeMay should have been in that mix, but didn’t use the spring to make that big jump. Johnson did, and now the walk-on will be a factor this preseason.
– The freshmen will get a chance as well this summer. McKenzie, a small but dynamic speedster, and Rico Johnson, who is a year older after spending this past year in prep school, are the most likely to sneak in.
Lots of names and lots of uncertainty there, mainly because of health questions. Based on what I saw at G-Day, Davis looked like he’d made the biggest leap from last year and seems poised to be a real contributor. Johnson may be the next McGowan, who knows? But so much is up in the air until Mitchell and Scott-Wesley can show what they’re capable of this summer. As Bobo says, “Davis played sparingly last year but we’re gonna need him to step up. Bennett, Conley, Mitchell, and Justin was just kinda coming into his own. But those are really the four guys that have produced in games. So we need more than four.”
If those two are truly healthy, they will need more than four. But not that many.