Wide receivers: Green’s final season? Brown’s breakout season?

(Note: I’m on vacation, so the UGA blog is on quasi-hiatus. But rather than shutting down entirely, I thought we could use this lull for a leisurely look at the 2010 football team. I put together synopses of the various position groups, and one will post each weekday.  This is the second in the series.)

WIDE RECEIVERS

  • Returning starters: FLK A.J. Green, SE Tavarres King.
  • Others to watch: Fifth-year senior Kris Durham returns for a final season after being redshirted last year because of a shoulder injury/surgery, and sophomores Rantavious Wooten and Marlon Brown are expected to have impacts.
  • Key loss: Michael Moore graduated (and signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent).
  • Key fact: Green, a junior,  is widely projected as a top-five pick in the 2011 NFL draft, a clue this will be his final year in Athens. So enjoy the show.
  • Key questions: Can Green have his first injury-free year at Georgia (strained groin throughout ‘08, bruised lung and separated shoulder in ‘09) and achieve his goal of an All-America season? And can Brown live up to his high-school accolades?
  • Recent developments: Logan Gray will work extensively at wide receiver, although it remains unclear exactly how he’ll juggle that role with preparing as the No. 2 quarterback. . . . Nagging injuries to Brown and Israel Troupe during spring practice reduced the number of scholarship WR’s on the field to four at times.
  • Outlook: Green is, as you know, an electrifying talent, and his supporting cast is promising, if not proven. King started nine games last year, had a good spring and has added strength and weight (he’s at 192 pounds).  Durham’s experience and sure hands should help. Wooten showed flashes last season, and coaches seem convinced Brown will come into his own after struggling to get onto the field as a freshman.  (Mark Richt said recently that Brown wasn’t physically challenged in his high school league and “I really felt it was going to take him a little time to get up to speed with SEC play.”) Also, it should be noted that Georgia expects the tight ends (tomorrow’s topic) to be big pass-catching weapons.
  • Your turn: What say you about the wide receivers?

Earlier in this series:

The offensive line: 155 starts and counting.

Tomorrow: Tight ends.

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169 comments Add your comment

nub

June 15th, 2010
6:10 am

Go DAWGS Sic um…….. WooF……..WooF……WooF!

DawginLex

June 15th, 2010
6:27 am

Not worried. With durham king green and the tight ends we will be fine.

Spike

June 15th, 2010
6:31 am

Durham has great hands! Throw him the darn ball!! And I think Wooten, given enough throws, is the next star reciever. AJ, thanks for the memories.

Erked Russell

June 15th, 2010
6:32 am

They can be great as long as Murry throws them the ball instead of the other team.

CHDawg

June 15th, 2010
6:47 am

I have said this before, but the current crop of UGA receivers could be the best corps the Dawgs have ever fielded. One hardly mentioned is Troupe, who has impressed me with his hands. You can classify many receivers as baseball background or basketball background. Baseballers often make great catches laying out for the ball (picture center fielder) and basketballers love to snatch the ball in a crowd. Smart QBs know the difference and exploit the strengths of their receivers. Troupe is a baseball receiver, and Green is basketball type. King shows a lot of promise; Durham is very solid. Brown and Wooten could become great contributors. Throw in the tight ends–four of which could start on most any team in the country, and one can see why UGA’s receivers could own the real estate in competitor’s secondaries in 10!

Dawg Fan

June 15th, 2010
6:47 am

I’m excited about this group of receivers

CHDawg

June 15th, 2010
6:53 am

One other point related to the article: UGA has had way too many hamstring injuries in the last few years. We need to get some professional help in stretching/flexibility imo. Hire a Dr. or somebody, but these can be drastically reduced simply by enforcing a top notch, rigidly enforced stretching program. The days of 5 minutes of jumping jacks and stretches is gone. Maybe the supplements and workout regimen are putting more stress on muscles, but we need to address this problem I think.

Dawg4life

June 15th, 2010
6:54 am

Erked- What gives you the impression that Murray likes to throw the ball to the other team? Just wondering what you based your comment on.

Dawgbreath

June 15th, 2010
6:58 am

Too bad Green has to put up with another rookie QB his last year. We are going to have to run it to win and that limits AJ.

Satchmo

June 15th, 2010
7:25 am

Being able to run well, will set up the passing game, so moving the chains will be no problem, now if the defense can win the turnover battle, the year looks very good, indeed.

MaconKnight

June 15th, 2010
7:40 am

Someone other than Green must step up… Let’s all pray that Boo Boo isn’t as predictable in his play calling… I

GT Dog

June 15th, 2010
7:47 am

I think we all got spoiled by Green’s freshman year. Last year everyone expected Brown to come in and be an All-SEC calibre player as a true freshman. Come on now…how often does that happen?

TommyP

June 15th, 2010
7:48 am

Even though the depth at WR is not ideal, at least we have options.

I see the Dawgs employing a lot of 2TE sets to take advantage of mismatches. Of course, if you go with the double TEs, you have to take out the FB. Either way we’ll have excellent run blocking as well as threats to hurt you when passing.

Count me as one that LOVES the fact the Dawgs run pro sets and not the spread.

MaconKnight

June 15th, 2010
7:49 am

Someone other than Green has to step up and make plays period.. Let’s all pray that Boo Boo isn’t has predictable in his play calling.. we all know that the key to this season is going to be running the ball well and stopping teams.. Lets talk Defense.. Offense sells tickets but defense wins championships

30-24 Dawgs - WE RUN THIS STATE!

June 15th, 2010
7:55 am

Looking forward to a great year from Green, King, Wooten, Durham, Charles and especially Aaron Murray.

Looking for CK4 and Ealey to run it down teams throats just like they did all night long against gt en route to a 30-24 victory.

Vinny D

June 15th, 2010
8:18 am

I see Durham really being the wildcard of the group. I feel if he is healthy, he will make some BIG contributions.

Erked Russell

June 15th, 2010
8:26 am

I hope that he wont. We just need improvement from last year(cox)

MADDAWG55

June 15th, 2010
8:26 am

Just run the dadblamed ball!!! Then dunk it to Charles for 5 or 6 extra yards. Green as a deep man, means Durham will be one on one. the boy from Calhoun will have a HUGE year! CAN WE STOP ANYBODY?? Scoring points is not the problem.

Adonisdaking

June 15th, 2010
8:26 am

midland Dog

June 15th, 2010
8:28 am

Durham is just a great kid. I hope he has a great year!

tim

June 15th, 2010
8:31 am

nice to see you girls getting all giddy over uga’s weak receiver corps..green is the only sec caliber receiver you have and he will be so scared to go over the middle against UF…he surley remembers getting his ass lit up last year..so he’ll be playing a little soft in Jax…the fact is that Florida’s db’s are so far ahead of uga’s receivers that I expect several int’s this year along with the usual 30 point beatdown…we do that against middle of the pack teams like the puppies

CMS

June 15th, 2010
8:39 am

You can’t blame Green if he opts for the draft next year. If you consider what he has done with the sometimes shaky play at QB throughout his career it is quite impressive. Imagine what he could have done with superior play at the QB position.

AJ

June 15th, 2010
8:40 am

You better hope so timmy, cause florida’s receivers are getting DUI and getting arrested.

Eisendawg

June 15th, 2010
8:44 am

Tim, not sure what surley is, but surely you jest. Oh, and also Tim, you no longer have Tim. It may be a little different this year for the lizards. Even with Tim, you looked middle of the pack against Bama, What happened?

The Alpha Male

June 15th, 2010
8:50 am

If Murray takes care of the ball, this offense will be unstoppable…. too many weapons at all the skill positions…. defense? Well, that’s a wait and see.

Murray is a great Utube QB but performance at Gday sucked

June 15th, 2010
8:55 am

The SEC East cant wait to play the midget.

layinlow

June 15th, 2010
8:58 am

Green may very well end up staying at UGA next year. What about the looming lockout for 2011 in the NFL? If they don’t strike a deal there will be no 2011 season and college juniors may as well stay in school because they want get paid even if drafted.

tim

June 15th, 2010
8:59 am

Eisendawg…if we looked middle of the pack against Bama then what did you girls look like after Jax? Get real puppies UF will kick your butts this year, and for at least the next 5 or 6 years because we have better players top to bottom UF is much better in all facets of the game from coaching to waterboy…and you ladies know it..can’t wait to see the puppy side of the Gator Bowl empty after half time, as usual

PT

June 15th, 2010
9:08 am

A great mix of size, speed and talent. It will be a challenge for any DC with a solid line, good backs and a QB that can run.

PT

June 15th, 2010
9:13 am

Tim, I know nothing about your UF’s current coaching staff. They have the player talent, but no track record in the SEC. We will see if Urban’s health will hold up to his staff’s performance.

Zeb

June 15th, 2010
9:15 am

Well gee Tammy….timmie…..lil timbo…..according to you the dawgs just might as well stay home and forfeit the game huh? Your analysis is so insightful I bet you’re between takes on an ESPN set somewhere and decided to entertain us. Now that we’ve heard from you we can go about our day knowing that you’re steering the ship and all is right with the world.

Oh….and you were great in Rudy

Dawghater

June 15th, 2010
9:18 am

I guess AJ Green with throw the ball to himself if he expects to have a breakout season!

Beautiful Colors!

June 15th, 2010
9:19 am

So our top WR’s are Green, White, Brown, and Grey?

Dawghater

June 15th, 2010
9:21 am

Actually now that I think about it Green was hurt for three games last year and had Cox throwing to him and still almost had 1,000 yards receiving. Murray is way better then Cox. Green is sick!

jw

June 15th, 2010
9:23 am

Tim. What’s interesting is how i manage to NEVER look at gaytor pages and that seems to be all you do (looking at our sites that is). You guys have dominated recently and yet we still own the series.happy lizarding

RxDawg

June 15th, 2010
9:25 am

Quality over quantity

Tim's an idiot

June 15th, 2010
9:26 am

Dude…..you need a date. I bet you got your a$$ kicked growing up and now you feel manly playing on your mom’s computer.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

June 15th, 2010
9:29 am

I think are biggest weapon is O line, Recivers, Tight ends. That where we will do alot of scoring this season. plus have two great back like Ealey and King is always a plus for a redshirt fresh to step into the light. I really like are offense. Guys check out Chris Lows top five SEC champion team he has picked out for next year to win. its good to hear all the critics start feeling the kind of team we got next year. GO DAWGS 80 Days till Kick off

destin dawg

June 15th, 2010
9:30 am

It’s going to be exciting !!! can’t wait….tough close mid day games early… S.C. then Ark.. in the heat… need conitioning and Big DDDD.. Grantham, Belin, & Lagotos should bring much improvement…QB with some experience .. by Florida & Auburn…. go Dawgs !!!!

DawginLex

June 15th, 2010
9:31 am

David Greene stunk it up on G-Day as well. He turned out OK.

PTC DAWG

June 15th, 2010
9:33 am

Nothing like a delusional GT fan posing at Tim Tebow. Makes a person laugh.

BigGuy

June 15th, 2010
9:34 am

Mark it down, UGA will win the BCS National Championship. They consistently put out the best WR NFL talent by taking 2 and 3-STAR recruits and making them All-Americans. They have the best O-line. Their D will be amazing this year with the best secondary in the SEC. They have top-flight RBs as usual. They have a stud QB. And they will always get consistent coaching. They will beat UF as they usually do.

The rest of us

June 15th, 2010
9:36 am

I thought Tim Tucker’s comments showed up with a blue background with his name in capital letters?

Bruce Mac

June 15th, 2010
9:41 am

AJ or Mario, who goes first?

Murray is a great Utube QB but performance at Gday sucked

June 15th, 2010
9:44 am

Lex; Green wasnt a midget, but that’s ok. I am glad the humpers have their hopes up for a 30th consecutive year. Hahahahahahahahahahaha you guys are so funny!!!

Will

June 15th, 2010
9:52 am

UGA has a chance to be really good. I would definitely be more pessimistic as I was the past 2 years because Willie was there and I knew the man had forgotten how to coach hard. However our defense this year will be totally different, we won’t show much the first week but South Carolina will be shocked at what we throw at them week 2. Finally our athleticism and talent we have accrued will be on full display. After blowing out the chickens we will be off to the races and be undefeated going into the UF game. How that one ends up I have no idea. Maybe luck will be on our side.

Also, UGA insiders tell me that we are about to get Jarvis Jones and he could be given and excemption by the NCAA and be in pads by August. Jones could add depth and could possibly break out into a star. Stay tuned. But you heard it here first.

Clint

June 15th, 2010
10:04 am

I can’t believe we wasted a year of Brown’s elegibility last year. If the coaches felt that way about him, then he should have redshirted.

GoDOGS1

June 15th, 2010
10:06 am

Tim-Too bad the Dogs are gonna keep it on the ground, and shove down the Gators throats like we used always do when it was Tailback U. Come to think of it, the running game is what has been missing for UGA….All this finesse, Bobo/CMR/QB crap offense when the simple secret, in my opinion, is to run the dang ball. We have the line and the back, Ealey, to get it done on the ground. SEC-running…not WAC-passing.

PJismy hero

June 15th, 2010
10:09 am

I say someone in the secondary better learn to tackle the pitch man….It’s coming leg humpers..and hells coming with us….

tim

June 15th, 2010
10:27 am

you girls won’t be doing much of anything, as usual, this year against the Gators simply because we have far superior players on both sides of the ball and a second tier team like the puppies will absorb another beatdown…and you know it…every year this time you ladies are crowing about how good uga will be this year and by mid Oct your pitiful season will be over…no SEC championship game just another trip to Shreaveport that’s what your hand calls for. Get some real D1 recruits and maybe you’ll be competitive, but until then you’ll be UF’s bitch.