Seth Emerson’s spring practice review ($$) reinforces a certain feeling I’ve gotten from much of the media’s reporting this spring: there’s playing time available for incoming freshmen receivers George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock if they’re ready to seize the opportunity.
Seth specifically discussed Blaylock’s chances to be the primary option at returner. Smart isn’t exactly being coy about that.
“I don’t mind a freshman at all,” Smart said. “That doesn’t bother me in the least bit if it’s the right guy. If it’s a guy you trust with decision-making, elite hands. This kid’s baseball (background), punt returner, great hands, great vision. I trust him all day to protect the ball. We’ve got to find out if he’s elite as a punt returner though.”
Now, being an elite returner isn’t the same thing at Georgia as being an elite wideout, for one very important reason. Returners don’t have to block. But outside of Holloman and Simmons, I’ve heard so little consensus about the other members of the receiving corps stepping up to fill the slots left open by the departures of Godwin, Hardman, et al. that it leaves me with the impression that Smart is keeping a very open mind about the depth chart at the position.
It also leaves me with the impression that all this new talk about how Georgia’s passing game is going to be more robust under Coley may be a little premature.