A.J. Green, probably the best receiver in team history, and Kris Durham are both gone for the 2011 season, so a new crop of receivers must step up and make some plays for quarterback Aaron Murray.
In this article we will look at the expected starters and their top two backups coming into the season, we won’t have a firm grasp of how much the freshmen receivers will play, so that will be more guesswork than anything else.
The safest bet and most consistent returner we have to the position, King has proven that he can make some plays and has shown good hands throughout his career. The 6’1”, 191-pounder has good speed and can beat any corner deep.
King is a solid route runner and will likely lead all receivers in receptions and yards this season. Expect somewhere around 40 receptions for 600 yards and a handful of touchdowns for King this season.
2. Rantavious Wooten
Wooten has racked up 17 catches over two years, averaging 14 yards per reception. Wooten was a bit of a big play guy in 2009 as he averaged 19.7 yards per catch on 10 catches with two touchdowns. The depth of the receivers group held him from getting much playing time in 2010, but expect him to make some plays in the slot and become more of a force.
Wooten is another guy with solid hands and good speed. He’s not going to be anything spectacular, but could make some big plays for the team this year.
Conley, 6’2”, 185 pounds, is a prototypical deep threat with size and speed. Conley enrolled early and impressed the coaches in the spring. The freshman receiver already has a jump on his fellow class of 2011 teammates, and should have some solid playing time this season.
Conley has good hands to go along with his size and speed, but does need to improve on his quickness of the line. Conley is also not a great playmaker after the catch and won’t break many ankles.
At 6’5”, 219 pounds, Brown has the size to be a great threat for the Bulldogs over the next two years. Brown was ranked as the second best receiver in the country in 2009 but hasn’t played very much because of guys like Green, Durham, and King.
Brown has been somewhat of a disappointment to Georgia fans still though, as he only has 13 catches for 148 yards and one touchdown in 20 games. This is Brown’s time to shine, but he will have to compete against some of the best the team has to offer. He needs to be the redzone and third down threat this team desperately needs.
Since the first day Bennet stepped on campus, he was thought of as a Kris Durham-clone. All I can say is that I hope it is true. The 6’3”, 202 pound redshirt freshman has size and great hands. He is going to get a chance to make some plays down the field and over the middle.
Bennett is known for his fearlessness in practice, and should get lots of playing time for the Bulldogs in 2011.
One of the best athletes in the 2011 class, Mitchell is going to play some both ways during his career in Athens, but will primarily be a receiver.
Mitchell is listed at 6’1”, 190 pounds and has 4.4 speed. He is a very raw athlete, so I’m not sure how much of an impact he will have. I think he will have a lot of set plays where it revolves around him. This could be simple screens or sweeps to try and get him in the open field.
Scott-Wesley was only a three-star receiver in the class of 2011, but I think he could make an impact in this season. I wouldn’t be expecting it, but Scott-Wesley has good physical tools and is very strong (reportedly he benched 315 pounds and squatted 415 as well). I think he is the least likely of the freshman receivers to play, but the 5’11”, 200-pounder is a guy to look out for.