Baker’s Dozen Pass Catching Options

Great upperclass passing quarterbacks are always known for spreading the wealth and sharing the ball. MURRAY FOR HEISMAN certainly qualifies. The cupboard is not by any means bare in the Classic City. In fact, a full dozen pass catching options remain this season. The wildcard is steady Michael Bennett, who may make it back later in the year to contribute. And, Runner/Receiver Tramel Terry is another guy coming off surgery who just may play, later. Remember when we lost Bennett last year he was leading the team. Same was true of Marlon Brown when he got hurt. Malcolm Mitchell was a known entity then. TK was a talented and tough dude, but we are still in good hands without Bennett and Justin Scott-Wesley, especially once BEAST gets back to running.

1. Chris Conley had the most catches on the team when the injuries happened, and he steps into the lead Dawg role now. He looks more than ready as a junior to do this well. What a one-hander in the checkerboard; it made national play of the week on ESPNU, beating out a one-hander by an Alabaman.

2. Jonathon Rumph was our top offensive player in the G-Day Game but has not touched the field with a bad hamstring. He’s 6-5 and has great hands, good speed, nice hops, long arms, attacks the ball. How is the injury lingering this long?

3. Reggie Davis has played well for a frosh and has the longest TD in UGA history, but he is only 160 pounds soaking wet. The Tallahassee native has world class speed and does have nice hands.

4. Rantavious Wooten had two touchdowns and five grabs at UT, and he’s been in the program forever with Murray. He has battled some bad injuries and bided his time. It’s his time.

5. Rhett McGowan is very generously listed at a full six feet by the school. This former walk-on senior is clearly shorter than that, as obvious on those jump balls he couldn’t get to, but he and Murray groove. He had a friend holding the measuring tape and needs to step it up.

6. Blake Tibbs was redshirted last year. He is a 6-2, 180 pounder waiting for the tap. Expectations were pretty high for this kid for next year, but now would be better if he is healthy enough to get in and contribute.

We could throw to a non-wideout as well…

7. Merritt Hall has pretty good hands at one fullback; he walked on and was the starter last year when not injured. Bobo loves him.

8. Quayvon Hicks is our starting fullback this year, and he can make a few grabs.

9. J.J Green has run well. He was projected to be a DB and/or receiver at UGA; he can catch the football that means.

10. Our other frosh runner is Brendan Douglas, projected as a fullback upon his signing out of Augusta, he showed what he can do by making our biggest non-touchdown catch at UT.

11. Tight ends in increased roles could really be the key, though, and senior Arthur Lynch didn’t come all the way to Georgia from Massachusetts just to chase tail with best friend Murray. He’s a good tight end we have underused this year, and Bobo has excelled in the past at getting good tight ends heavily involved in the game plan.

12. Jay Rome is the answer to the question: Who is the single most-underused player on the UGA roster? The 6-6 tight end was a first team high school All-American out of Valdosta and was supposed to be dominating by now. He hasn’t had the times thrown-to to really shine, yet. He should now. Maybe.

All of these guys don’t need to step forward for us to win. Our defense and special teams do.

~HAN VANCE is an American college football expert, radio personality and writer based in Atlanta. He co-hosts the radio with simulcast one-hour weekly SEC football show Sports Joc College Football Pre-View with Wayne Gandy of NFL and Auburn fame. Vance is a University of Georgia alum and the founding writer of Big Hairy Blawg. Vance is also the author of a travel memoir and two poetry compilations and writes for national and local magazines and newspapers. Big Hairy Blawg was #2 on “Fastest-Growing Blogs” on WordPress in 2010.

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