It’s never as easy as it looks.

Isaac Nauta and Terry Godwin explain what goes into being a skilled receiver in a conference full of good defenses.

Godwin’s most improved attribute, Nauta said, is knowing every responsibility he has on the field.

“That’s a big part of it,” Nauta said. “A lot of people think it’s just run around, catch the ball and run with it. But you’ve got to read defenses when you’re running routes and you’ve got to know where you’ve got to be and what you’ve got to do. And it takes more than just one season to get it. Going into year (three), I think he’s got a better grip on it mentally and that’s definitely helping him.”

Godwin didn’t dispute Nauta’s assessment as he said he has the Bulldogs’ offensive playbook – specifically his duties at receiver – committed to memory.

“I know where the holes are in the defense now, how to run certain routes, how to get off certain releases – the little things that are going to make you great,” he said.

He also expanded upon Nauta’s claim that playing receiver – especially given the caliber of athletes in the ultra-competitive SEC – isn’t nearly as easy as one might think.

“If you’re on the outside looking in, you’d think we’re just out there running a route or whatever,” Godwin said. “But it’s pretty hard, because you’re running and trying to read the defense on the fly and run a certain route or run a different route. There’s a lot of techniques and a lot of knowledge going into that route.”

I don’t doubt any of that, but I can’t help but also note that of last season’s top ten players in the SEC in receptions, four were sophomores, with two freshmen and one sophomore in the top fifteen, playing in a variety of schemes, so it’s not an impossible task, either.  (Godwin was 27th; Georgia’s leader was Isaiah McKenzie, who finished 18th.)

How much of that is on Godwin, who, for the record, I think has the best hands on the team, and how much of that is on the coaching/scheme?

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8 responses to “It’s never as easy as it looks.

  1. dawgtired

    ” I can’t help but also note that of last season’s top ten players in the SEC in receptions, four were sophomores,”

    My first thought was, I wondered if those receivers had experienced QBs, but no, some of those had inexperienced QBs tossing them the ball. Maybe we just had a bad combination of confused OL, confused QB, confused receivers and confused coach calling the plays. Who can you trust in a situation like that…IDK?

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  2. Russ

    Sounds like we have Granthamed the offense. I’ll know for sure when I see one of our receivers waving their arms before the snap.

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  3. HVL Dawg

    We inflict our will on defenses.

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  4. Uglydawg

    Mostly coaching…not exactly “scheme” but decisions. Somebody must have finally inscribed the words, “It’s legal to throw it on first-down” on a nail and driven it into the OC’s skull. Seemingly in the second half of the bowl game it registered. During the season, run, run, pass, punt…way too often and too predictable. More imagination and throwing it when the defense isn’t keying on it will help get Godwin’s numbers up…if we’ll do it.. And of course the other thing that now goes without saying.

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  5. Macallanlover

    Nauta and Godwin should not waste their time explaining the value of disciplined route running to the nutcase dad who advised his son that going to Auburn under Gus would best prepare him for the NFL. That is the sand lot offense where neither the QB or WR has a clue where the pass attempt might, possibly, be made down field until it happens. Think it was a 2016 signee, kid should sue his dad for incompetence. He may make it on his own athletic ability despite Gus but their will be some “learning” to do if he makes it to an NFL camp.

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  6. Debby Balcer

    It doesn’t help that he had a change of position coaches and coordinator with a change of philosophy.

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  7. 92 grad

    Assimilation. Cognition is simple if the teacher/coach can manipulate the levels of cognition responsibly. Football can be as complicated and intricate as anything else but the key is to know when to free the mind and allow all the knowledge to guide the mind and body. The phrase “just do it” is exactly that, stop thinking so much and play. Trust that you’ve done the work.

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  8. AJ Green sure made it look easy.

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