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Georgia wide receiver, Tavarres King has the unenviable task this season of replacing A.J. Green—one of the most exciting players to have ever worn the red and black—as the No. 1 receiver. Make no mistake about it, Green’s presence on the field will be missed because he had the ability to change the complexion of the game.
Even so, don’t think for one minute that King doesn’t have the goods to be “that guy” and with news that the junior has landed on the 2011 Preseason Watch List for the Fred Biletnikoff , he is likely to garner even more attention this fall—on a national level.
King was suspended for the first game of 2010 after his arrest for underage alcohol possession, but once he returned to the field, he made sure to showcase his abilities for those who still were uncertain what he could do. On his way to tallying 504 yards on 27 catches (18.7 ypc), King burned Arkansas, Mississippi State, and Florida for 274 yards and three touchdown and A.J. Green wasn’t a factor in any of those games.
So, the real question now is can the junior perform consistently, with the added pressure of being the No. 1 guy for Georgia? Does he have the mental toughness, the physical presence, and the leadership ability to be the difference when the offense needs a spark? That more than anything was what Georgia got from A.J. Green—he had the ability to quietly make the others around him better—and they will need it again from King in 2011 as the wide receiving corps is a huge question mark for the team.
The only other guys with experience, Rantavious Wooten, Israel Troupe, and Marlon Brown, haven’t shown enough to really pose a threat to King’s place on the depth chart. Brown has the size and the physical presence, but isn’t as good as King getting down the field. Wooten has the speed, but is inconsistent catching the football. Israel Troupe could be the total package, but he just doesn’t seem to have the focus.
In short, this is King’s job to lose and I don’t see him losing it.
King doesn’t have to be A.J. Green in order for Georgia’s passing attack to be relevant, he just has to be Tavarres King and people will soon realize that his being that is plenty good enough.