It was the “chest bump” that went horribly wrong: Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell has lost his junior season to an ACL injury; torn while celebrating a touchdown with Georgia running back Todd Gurley.
Mitchell’s loss was felt almost immediately as the Georgia passing game lacked a deep threat Saturday night, and with Marlon Brown and Tavarres King gone, the Bulldogs will be looking for other downfield options—but who’s ready to fill that void?
The good news is, if there was one place the Dawgs had any leeway to give, it was wide receiver. The depth chart is plenty deep at that position and, despite the loss of Mitchell, we saw plenty from the likes of Michael Bennett, Chris Conley, Rantavious Wooten and Justin Scott-Wesley to be somewhat confident that there is a guy who can come in and make a bigger contribution as a vertical threat. And while none of the aforementioned guys should be considered true deep threat material (although Wooten and Scott-Wesley are certainly both capable of stretching the field), there are a few more names that could see a bit more press this week.
I don’t recall seeing him play Saturday night, not that he would have needed to, but after the injury to Mitchell, a redshirt for Davis is highly unlikely, particularly with it looking more and more probable that Terry will do so in order to give his knee time to heal completely.
As a former track standout and return specialist, he certainly has the speed set to get down field in a hurry, but his size could be something of a hindrance—particularly when getting off the line in man coverage—and that is the main reason some aren’t so sure if he’s truly ready to play at this level. Even so, if he’s placed in the right package and finds a little space, he could certainly do some damage.
Jonathan Rumph/Kenneth Towns
I wouldn’t classify either as a vertical threat, but both Towns and Rumph showed coaches enough this off-season to warrant consideration. Towns, in particular, has displayed great physicality and toughness as a receiver, and it would not surprise me to see his name called in the near future.
By now we all know about Rumph and he is expected to be ready to play against South Carolina barring any additional setbacks.
Tibbs redshirted last season, but could be a deep, deep, deep sleeper.
He has suffered through some injury issues and there is some question as to whether he’s actually matured and developed enough to get on the field this season, but there can be no doubt that the talent is there. He starred as a return man and wide receiver at MLK High School in Lithonia, GA, and was known to be a game-changer during his high school career at both positions.