Thank goodness for A.J. Green and Orson Charles

The return of Kris Durham will bolster Georgia's receiving corps. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

The return of Kris Durham will bolster Georgia's receiving corps. (Curtis Compton / AJC)

Coming out of signing day this week, Mark Richt admitted that Georgia’s lack of depth at wide receiver concerns him, especially after the loss of Da’Rick Rogers to Tennessee left the Dogs with only one incoming freshman receiver this year, Michael Bennett of Alpharetta.

Speaking of his receiving corps, Richt told the Athens Banner-Herald, “We don’t have, at this moment, the number that we would feel comfortable having — and that’s always give or take one or two.” Which pretty much echoes a quote from Mike Bobo last April when it was announced that rising senior receiver Kris Durham would have to take a medical redshirt year because of shoulder surgery.

Despite being thin at receiver last year, Georgia wound up with a pretty decent passing attack, mainly because of A.J. Green. Junior star Green is back this season, of course, for what many think will be his final season playing in Athens, but the Dogs’ second-leading receiver last year, Michael Moore, is gone.

Returning behind Green are what so far has proved to be a middling bunch of wide receivers, with Tavares King the most productive. There’s also Rantavious Wooten, who showed flashes last year but wasn’t consistent; Israel Troupe, who didn’t do much; and the  heavily hyped Marlon Brown, who barely registered on the field in what probably should have been a redshirt season for him but ended up being wasted. It would certainly help if Brown finally started to live up to his potential this year.

On the plus side, the Dogs do get back fifth-year senior Durham, who if he is able to shake off the rust could provide a set of sure hands in possession situations. And, who knows, Logan Gray could even wind up at receiver after the spring quarterback battle shakes out.

Looking ahead a year at Georgia’s receiving corps in 2011, when Green likely will have moved on to the NFL, isn’t a very pleasant prospect right now. But despite the lack of depth I’m not really that worried about the receiving end of the passing attack this season, barring a rash of injuries.

And that’s mainly because the Dogs are well-stocked at tight end, including hybrid Orson Charles, Georgia’s third-leading receiver last year, and Aron White, who was fifth for the year in catches.

“The one thing that I’m excited about and confident about is our tight end position,” Richt told the Banner-Herald. “We’re blessed with four outstanding tight ends; tight ends that certainly are playmakers and we’ve got good solid depth with guys that can really play that position. I think that’s going to a little bit of the burden off the wide receiver corps.”

Like many, I still expect the running game to be the primary focus of Georgia’s attack in 2010, especially early in the year, to take the pressure off whichever inexperienced quarterback ends up starting. But with targets like Green and Charles out there, Bobo and Richt are going to put it in the air a fair amount of the time and should be able to maintain some of the balance that their offense is based on.

I believe the Dogs will be just fine at receiver this year. Beyond that, I’m not so sure. What do you think?

259 comments Add your comment

PJ.

February 5th, 2010
2:36 pm

It would be interesting to find out how many snaps each of the receivers had each of the last two seasons. Had AJ Green not gotten
hurt some of those guys would hardly see the field. CMR must develop the receivers and all the players he has and stop worrying about what could have been had we signed the defectors. Marlon Brown should be ready to roll this year and so too Tavares King and Wooten, Durham will also be a key if healthy, so why paint that gloom and doom. I hope we can find two solid corners for those games when we go up against the Vols and D. Rogers.

Dostoyevskiy

February 5th, 2010
2:36 pm

C’villeDawg, thanks. Did we recruit Golson from SC, and how does he compare to LeMay?

KeithB

February 5th, 2010
2:37 pm

I think they’ll be fine. I think they can put Orson and White on the field at the same time. Use Orson in the slot, he is a mismatch. Like UF used Hernandez. That WR they got late, Lonnie Outlaw, should be ok next season. I am sure he’ll redshirt, but he is a long kid at 6′5″. Like I’ve said before, UGA should take a page out of Bama’s book and run that thing like they did late in the season. Run some play action pass and some 3 step stuff.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
2:39 pm

Nope, main quarterbacks uga wants is uzomah, lemay, & marshall.

Blunder Dawg

February 5th, 2010
2:39 pm

This off season has to be one of the biggest blunders of the CMR era. There really hasn’t been that many positives for this program in a while now. Spin it all you want but on the national and local scene the perception doesnt bode well at all for UGA.

exNFLplayer

February 5th, 2010
2:40 pm

CvilleDawg it’s probably safe to say that you won’t see UGA running a spread offense. Richt is totally committed to the pro style attack and I don’t blame him.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
2:40 pm

plus he’s too small to play for uga..kids only 5′11!

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
2:42 pm

yeah after seeing munzenmaier run through a&m’s defense I would hesitate to put him in! he’s similar to jacob hester but bigger.

seabass

February 5th, 2010
2:42 pm

We will be fine. Orson Charles or Aaron White could play wide receiver if need be. Plus we could pick someone who didn’t commit.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
2:42 pm

Dostoyevskiy

February 5th, 2010
2:44 pm

I heard Golson out of SC wants to play BB as well. Here’s a case where Cox and Richt ought to get together. Unless he is a BB phenom, looks like he’d have a better chance of playing bb at UGa than at UNC. The word is that Golson is another Ronald Curry athlete, but better. Curry had long NFL career, although Darian Durant was a better QB at UNC. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Durant in NFL soon. I believe he led Candadian team to championship.

123456789

February 5th, 2010
2:45 pm

An yet another day passes…and the Junkyard Blawg hasn’t
even mentioned a single word about Decory Bryant.

Dawg fans remember him…dont you?

You know…the former UGA player that the UGA-AA has kicked to the curb after
he spent 2 years learning to walk again after an on-the-field, career-ending injury?

I wonder if the Apostle Mark has done anything to help Bryant and his family?

Has the Apostle Mark petitioned the in-breds running the UGA-AA Corporation about paying Bryant the $500,000 it should pay him because idiot former Asst Athletic Director Hoke Wilder dropped the ball on Bryant causing Bryant to fail to be enrolled in an insurance policy that would have paid hm the $500,000 ??

Didnt Dam-on Evans just sign-off on a $21 Million renovation of Stegman?

Didnt Dam-on Evans just get a huge pay raise ?

Can ANYONE working for the UGA-AA Corporation…see their reflection in a mirror ?

Dawg1

February 5th, 2010
2:47 pm

I have a feeling the Dawgs will land plenty of good receivers next year since the job will be fairly wide open after Green and Durham leave.

Rembrandt

February 5th, 2010
2:49 pm

Golson is committing to UNC today. Worley, also a big Tar Heel fan isn’t in the same league so he should probably drop UNC. Clemson and SCar have both offered Golson (as a freshman) and still have yet to offer Worley. Worley is a good player, but Golson is incredible. If he wasn’t so focused on playing basketball, and wanted to give interviews every week like a certain NC QB, he would have a lot more hype.

timthebrave

February 5th, 2010
2:52 pm

I think we are going to be loaded at wr this year. I think we can move Charles over to wr if there are injuries. Just need to recruit some big ones next year and all the freshman from last year need to step up…It’s a position I feel really confident about this next year

BP

February 5th, 2010
2:54 pm

Prediction — Michael Bennett will never play a down for any Division I team. This time next year he’ll be attending Kennesaw State. Saw him play in high school twice — base on his performance in those games, I have no idea what in the world the Georgia Bulldogs saw in him. In 2009, I bet there were 50 HS WRs in the state of GA that were better than Bennett.

Rembrandt

February 5th, 2010
2:54 pm

Lemay out of NC already has 15 offers, including Fl, Bama, UGa, UNC and the rest of the big boys. He’s a Big fish.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
2:57 pm

a receiver thats an automatic commit next year is DaVaris Daniels. Kids 6′2 180 lb and runs a 4.4 forty, he’s phillip daniels(former uga d-lineman) son..scout has him as a 4 star receiver.

jzdawg

February 5th, 2010
2:58 pm

Yeah timthebrave I like the way you think. Move Charles and White to WR when needed so they can be lined up against some small 5′9 or 5-10 DB. They both have decent speed and great hands so why not!

doghousedaddy

February 5th, 2010
3:00 pm

There are very good prospects coming out of the 2011 class. Look at gwinnett county. Brookwoods Andre Sims is an explosive talent. We need to keep these kids in state.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:01 pm

Arthur lynch will have a big year for the dawgs. At least I think he will. You know with all these great running backs we have it would be cool to see uga to do some little speed options with murray in there.

CatsFly

February 5th, 2010
3:09 pm

I heard that LeMay’s eyes light up when he hear’s Fl and Bama mentioned. He’s around 6′2, slightly built. But I also ready that both Fl and UGa had offered Golson as well.

BadDog

February 5th, 2010
3:10 pm

I think our receiving core will depend on how our QB’s do this year and next. I see Murray and Mettenberger kind of like a Green and Shockley rotation except Murray as the starter and Mettenberger as the reliever – but all depends on how they look in practice and spring ball as to who is the starter. I hate a QB rotation but if it keeps them sharp and competitive then why not? Unless Gray comes out and just surprises the heck out of everyone.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:12 pm

Georgia has not offered everett golson, they’re not even recruiting him.

rockc82

February 5th, 2010
3:13 pm

you people are crazy. already talking about 2011. Lets look forward to 2010 season and worry about our receivers this time next year

AtlDawgfan

February 5th, 2010
3:17 pm

Watch out for Lonnie Outlaw in a couple of years. I watched his State Championship Game and he can go up and catch a ball.

Hickson in Moultrie

February 5th, 2010
3:18 pm

I have to laugh when they say Rodney Garner was kept because of his recruiting skills. It looks like he was schooled this year. Nola Dog if your so thin skinned don’t read these blogs. Geez. Richt needs to follow how Saban is recruiting at Alabama. He has a proven system in place that works no matter where he coaches. Are you listening Mark Richt???

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:21 pm

Kids go to bama because of dreamland barbeque & sabans resume. Not because he can recruit really good.

CatsFly

February 5th, 2010
3:21 pm

CvilleDawg: Understand, but do you know why they didn’t (recruit Golson). I heard he had early interest in them?

GATORSTUD

February 5th, 2010
3:23 pm

Gators have plenty of receivers!! woohoo!! However, if Brantley goes down, we could be in big trouble.

shane#1

February 5th, 2010
3:24 pm

According to some of the coaching staff Brown is poised to break out of his shell. Cox said that Brown seemed to lack confidence last year. A kid from a small private school has not seen CBs with Div 1 speed or Div 1 safetys. I think Brown could be the second option along with King and Wooten. Wooten was another true freshman and a freshman that isn’t inconsistant is the exception, not the rule. That can’t all be Greens. I’ll say this about Wooten, his double move is as pretty as any I have seen, he just has to remember to catch the ball! I would be tempted to play three wide outs because Wooten runs routes so well he WILL be open in single coverage. If Durham is back to full speed, well full speed for him, playing three wides and Charles at TE will create all kinds of match up problems for the D.

CDAWG

February 5th, 2010
3:27 pm

Ivan the running back we signed is Malcome out of SW Dekalb. I heard he broke his collar bone at the end of last season.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:28 pm

Well, the fact that he’s only 5′11 and weighs 160 pounds is a pretty good reason..plus, we already have offers for the qb’s we want( Cj Uzomah, Christian Lemay, Braxton Miller, & Nick Marshall). Golson is just too small to run uga’s offense.

Da'Freak

February 5th, 2010
3:31 pm

I will sign with UGA next year cause I’m not gonna get in to UT this year. I’m looking for a new Sugar Daddy since I told Mike Nance to *%&$ off.

CatsFly

February 5th, 2010
3:31 pm

CvilleDawg, don’t want to be argumentitive, but is he too small for Fl, Clemson, SC, UNC, etc? They all offered him.

Bulldog Mom

February 5th, 2010
3:32 pm

I know the recruits read these blogs and supporters from other schools really blasted the Dawgs. We need to pay attention and don’t complain just to hear ourselves talk. I went through a blog sight before the recruits signed letters of intent and I was amazed at the number of blogs claiming to be Dawg fans,
but it was so easy to pick out the ones that were not. I guess we could play the same game on their sights. Go Dawgs

BadDog

February 5th, 2010
3:33 pm

Looks out DB’s!! 6-4 Green, 6-5 Durham, 6-5 Brown, 6-3 Charles, 6-4 White, 6-5 Lynch. I bet they could also lineup against Tech’s BB team and beat them.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:35 pm

CatsFly

February 5th, 2010
3:31 pm
CvilleDawg, don’t want to be argumentitive, but is he too small for Fl, Clemson, SC, UNC, etc? They all offered him.

Well, think of it this way almost every school that offered him run spread offenses besides north carolina.

papadawg

February 5th, 2010
3:37 pm

One thing I got from this article is we have what was highly touted recruits who haven’t come thru which is why I don’t get upset if a 4-5 star recruit goes elsewhere. Who knows what these kids will do in a year or two. Remember Joe Cox was a big time recruit.

CatsFly

February 5th, 2010
3:41 pm

CvilleDawg, you ought to change your name to smartdawg, because you make good points. Thank you. And maybe UNC is going to change as well, they already have a spread-option qb in wings, one Renner (highly toughted) out of Northern Va. You’ll probably see him dividing time with TJ Yates this year. I also heard that UNC coaches were at Appalachian St. learning the offense that Armanti Edwards so aptly ran. Things getting interesting at UNC.

Saint Richt

February 5th, 2010
3:41 pm

Uncle Jessie, are you serious? You guys are delusional. You’ve got one of the deepest WR lineups in all of college football. But you just can’t seem to do anything with them… This article is a joke. Are you really that dumb??

joe

February 5th, 2010
3:44 pm

Orson Charles seems skilled enough to be able to play WR too. That would open up the TE for one of the other solid guys at that spot. Thoughts?

Maxx

February 5th, 2010
3:45 pm

First of all, I expect big things out of the Marlon Brown/AJ Green combination. I think this year will be Brown’s coming out party. Second of all, Mettenberger is not going to see the field until Aaron Murray enters the NFL draft. Murray was one of the best HS prospects in the nation, and he will be a monster the next two years at UGA with his running game, O-line and receivers, so don’t hold your breath for
Mettenberger.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:46 pm

CatsFly, your welcome I think im doing pretty good for a 17 year old.

CatsFly

February 5th, 2010
3:49 pm

CvilleDawg, that gives me something to look forward to. I’m 10.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:49 pm

I think mettenberger should start considering he’s fit to run uga’s prostyle offense, he also was a elite 11 quarterback just like aaron murray, & he has a huge arm. Just imagine that play action fake to ealey and long pass to green/king.

jzDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:51 pm

Maxx – I bet Mettenberger sees the ball faster than you think. From what I saw in spring and from what I have heard Murray is great but he seems a little fragile. If Murray is going to be a dual threat QB in the SEC he will need to stay injury free.

CvilleDawg

February 5th, 2010
3:52 pm

CatsFly, I have no idea what to say to that remark ahaha.

Kendawg

February 5th, 2010
3:53 pm

Hopefully this year Marlon Brown will contribute. I don’t know when I’ve anticipated an arrival more, unless it was A J Green. But A J lived up to his billing. So now maybe Marlon will.

Dawg8589

February 5th, 2010
3:57 pm

I wonder why Georgia has had problems recruiting kids for a certain postion, example O line or WR, when that particular position is showing lack of depth. We had this problem before. You would think if a position is going to thin, that kids would want to come fill the void because of immediate playing time. Unfortunately, I think it is coaching. I don’t know if it is the actual coach who is reponsible for recruiting that player, or it is the position coach.