Georgia Football: Will The Next Deep Threat Please Stand Up?

Malcolm Mitchell’s season-ending injury leaves a void in the Georgia receiving game—who will fill it? Photo: Jason Getz/AJC

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.

Reggie Davis

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.

Blake Tibbs

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.

 

 

 

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11 comments for “Georgia Football: Will The Next Deep Threat Please Stand Up?

  1. Fourth and 15
    09/03/2013 at 9:37 PM

    Miss Nash…Perhaps move Marshall to receiver, and rely upon Gurley (coupled with Merritt Hall) and Hicks in the backfield. Probably too creative for the staff.

    • 09/03/2013 at 9:46 PM

      Haha! I don’t know if it’s too creative, but it certainly wouldn’t surprise me to see a running back flexed out at wide receiver at some point this season; true frosh JJ Green would likely jump at the chance to do it and I have no doubt that Keith Marshall would love any opportunity to get the ball in his hands, in space, just to see what room he can find.

      In any event, Bobo will need to be a lot more creative this week against Carolina as this girl can only stand to see so many draw plays in one day.

  2. wes
    09/02/2013 at 5:19 PM

    I think we split Marshall out if the need arises.

  3. Rugbydawg79
    09/02/2013 at 1:41 PM

    Thank you Ms. Nash,
    That does make me feel better although I was really hoping that T Terry would be healthy enough to step up !
    Go Dogs,
    brother Bruce

    • 09/02/2013 at 1:52 PM

      Yeah, I think a lot of hope was being held out for TT, but I really don’t think he’ll be ready to go this year. His knee just isn’t all the back yet and with him being a potential star of the future, there’s no need to risk it, in my opinion.

      It’s still too early to say he’ll be RS’d for certain, but from what I’ve heard it’s likely headed that way for him.

      • rugbydawg79
        09/02/2013 at 3:50 PM

        10 4 just think he might be a good enough player that he won’t be in Athens that long.
        It is good that we are very deep at WR–and JSW looked terrific. Malcome is special it is a heck of a loss.
        Go Dogs !

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