ATHENS – An offshoot of A.J. Green’s remarkable freshman season is the buzz about whether another UGA rookie receiver could have a similar impact this year. But for all the talk about the talents of incoming freshmen Marlon Brown, Rantavious Wooten and Orson Charles, the veteran receiver Michael Moore introduced a bit of wise perspective to the discussion yesterday.
“It’s really not fair to compare anybody to A.J. Green right now,” said Moore, a senior. “That’d be putting too much pressure on somebody.”
That said, Moore praised what he has seen this summer from Brown, Wooten and Charles: “I really feel all three of them can make plays. Marlon — you throw it up, and he’s going to get it. Wooten –- he’s a fast, quick guy; put the ball in space and he can make something happen. And Orson –- he’s a hard worker, a nitty-gritty guy . . . a big body who can also run.”
But as to whether any of them could possibly have an A.J.-like impact, “just come in and work hard and prove it during the season,” Moore said.
Whether A.J.-esque or not, Charles “is probably going to make a big impact,” cornerback Brandon Boykin said. “I feel he’s a man-child. I don’t know where they’ll put him –- he can play both tight end and receiver – but I feel like he came in off the bat doing really good. I look for him to be making plays.”
By the way, the season opener –- Sept. 5 at Oklahoma State –- is 50 days from today. Can you wait?
A couple more things:
– Defensive end Demarcus Dobbs, who was having a superb spring before breaking a bone in his left foot one week before the G-Day Game, said he’s at about 85 percent now. He said he’s still not “cutting and stopping, cutting on a dime, changing directions” as well as before the injury. But he seems confident he’ll be at 100 percent by the opener. He happily reported that he has dropped 13 pounds to 277.
– A chat with Jim Donnan on the eve of his enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame.