Matt Hayes of Sporting News says Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant is the most dangerous player in the game today.
Hayes notes that Bryant says opponents last year were triple-teaming him. “Remember how Larry Fitzgerald dominated at Pitt earlier this decade? Bryant is the same type of player,” Hayes says. “He has terrific speed with long strides, great vision and balance with the ball in the air, and he’s nearly impossible to cover without help. Bryant also is dangerous on punt returns (17.9 yards per return, two TDs last fall).”
Curran is SEC’s ‘hardest hitter’
Sporting News Today is running down each conference’s top player by category (click on Page 17 after you go to the front page). As “hardest hitter” for the SEC they pick the Dogs’ Rennie Curran. They also include a couple of nice YouTube links to Curran’s highlights.
Dogs’ other receivers
The Macon Telegraph looks at relatively unheralded Georgia receivers Tavares King and Israel Troupe.
“They’re underneath the radar because we have a lot of guys everybody wants to talk about,” quarterback Joe Cox says. “But those two guys have been working hard for the past year or two years, and I expect them to play a lot and make plays for us.”
“Troupe has caught more deep balls than I’ve seen him catch in a while,” head coach Mark Richt says. “He seems to be running precise routes, catching the ball. He’s doing a good job.”
As for King, cornerback Brandon Boykin says, “A.J. [Green is] a great receiver, but T.K.’s just as good. He has the smoothest routes I have ever seen. It’s tough guarding him, and I do it every day.”
Another bowl prediction
Sports Illustrated, which has Georgia ranked No. 15 in the preseason, predicts the Dogs will wind up in the Outback Bowl against Illinois this season.
Shockley high on Joe Cox
Bulldogs Blog catches up with D.J. Shockley, whose time at UGA overlapped a year with 2009 starting QB Joe Cox. Shockley says he was impressed with Cox from the start. “When he first got there, you could definitely see it just pouring out of him that he was a born leader. He had it in him to lead the offense, lead the team and lead at a place like University of Georgia. It’s nothing new. I knew he had it in him way back when.”