Justin Scott-Wesley, Georgia’s other wideouts aim to step up in honor of Marlon Brown

Justin Scott-Wesley went 43 yards on this reception against Florida Atlantic, the only catch of his career to date. (UGA photo by Evan Stichler)

Justin Scott-Wesley went 43 yards on this reception against Florida Atlantic, the only catch of his career to date. (UGA photo by Evan Stichler)

By Ryan Black
For The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATHENS — Justin Scott-Wesley knew he wasn’t ready when he arrived at Georgia.

Stepping foot on campus last year with plenty of speed but minimal football acumen, the wide receiver was happy to take a redshirt in 2011 and use the time to refine his skills. The Camilla native had a standout showing at the annual G-Day game last spring, hauling in three receptions for 46 yards.

That spring success has yet to translate this fall, however. Scott-Wesley has only one catch for 43 yards. He also hasn’t appeared in a game since Georgia’s 48-3 win over Vanderbilt on Sept 22.

But after Marlon Brown suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury last weekend, Scott-Wesley believes his time to shine is finally at hand.

“I would hope so,” he said following Monday’s practice. “I’m just going out and working like I’ve always been working. (Wide receivers) Coach (Tony) Ball tells us all the time, ‘You’re one play away from being a starter. You’re one play away from being on the field.’ It’s the same focus I’ve taken since Day 1.”

Even going into games when he knew he was unlikely to play, Scott-Wesley said he watched film and made sure he was prepared. If he had been asked to do the same last season, he admits he would have been in over his head. While he has track-star speed, he had none of the complementary techniques necessary for a Division I receiver. After a year of preparation, Scott-Wesley felt this fall held big things.

That’s been far from the case, though.

“To me, it’s just been a challenge,” he said. “Sometimes it gets frustrating when you feel like you can contribute, but that’s football. It’s a game of life and sometimes things don’t go your way. You just have to wait, pray to God to keep you grounded and just let things pan out.”

Fellow receiver Rantavious Wooten vouched for Scott-Wesley, giving the redshirt freshman a seal of approval. Wooten has seen him catch deep balls, take hits over the middle in practice and doing anything else asked of him, including blocking.

Now he just has to prove it on Saturdays.

“I feel like he can do everything,” Wooten said. “That’s what we practice for each and every day, so when stuff like this happens, somebody is ready. He doesn’t have a lot of experience, but his time is now.”

Receiver Taylor Bradberry finds himself in a similar situation. Rarely on the field this season, the fifth-year senior has bounced between the travel squad and the scout team while battling a nagging right thumb injury. He took part in his first game of the year last Saturday, but did not collect a catch.

Despite his lack of playing time, Bradberry said he would be ready if called upon.

“You’re put in certain situations at certain times,” he said. “When people rely on you, you just have to do your best and get the job done.”

As for Brown, Wooten said he is doing well considering the circumstances. Wooten said “you wouldn’t know” his roommate tore his ACL if it hadn’t been widely reported.

“He hasn’t changed anything,” Wooten said. “He’s the same Marlon. You would never know the difference.”

Malcolm Mitchell could only marvel at how well Brown has dealt with the news his career at Georgia was over.

“When I walked in his room and saw the smile on his face I was like, ‘He must not know something is wrong with him,’” Mitchell said.

Now, Mitchell said, Bulldogs’ receivers have to honor Brown with their play the remainder of the season.

“(Injured teammates) wouldn’t want us to go out there and not focus on what we need to do and mess up because we’ve got them on the back of our minds, thinking of them being hurt, missing them out there on the field,” Mitchell said. “You’ve got to play for them and with them in mind.”

Etc.

Starting right guard Chris Burnette sat out Monday’s practice with a left shoulder injury suffered during the second quarter of Saturday’s Ole Miss game. A left shoulder injury also prevented outside linebacker Chase Vasser from taking part in practice. … Mitchell said the coaching staff hasn’t mentioned anything to him about returning to play defense. “I wouldn’t be surprised,” he said. “But I really don’t know.” … Quarterback Aaron Murray was named SEC co-offensive player of the week after his performance Saturday, when the junior completed 21 of 28 attempts for 384 yards and four touchdowns.

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Where is "Reality" ????

November 6th, 2012
9:16 am

Where is "SSITator Tot" ????

November 6th, 2012
9:17 am

FlintDawg

November 6th, 2012
9:20 am

Time for the PUPS to setup and prove they are really BullDawgs!

Get well Marlon Brown! God Speed! We’ll see you on Sundays real soon!

OldSkoolDawg

November 6th, 2012
9:24 am

I don’t care how fast a kid is… Does he know the plays inside-and out? Can he consistently make blocks on DBs and Safeties? If he can, then he’ll help us; if he can’t, then he’ll hurt us. But I’m pulling for them all just the same! Sic ‘em, Dawgs!

OLD DOG

November 6th, 2012
9:33 am

It’s is great to have young men with character representing UGA. Character can carry a person further in life than football tallent. I am proud to be a UGA grad and know that all of our receivers along with the total will step it up a notch and do what is necessary to get the job done. One game at a time is all I ask GO DAWGS!!!!!

Vampire Bill

November 6th, 2012
9:35 am

Really hate it for Marlon. DGD

mike on lake hartwell

November 6th, 2012
9:35 am

reload and GATA.

joe jenkins

November 6th, 2012
9:37 am

Well i don’t have any confidence in any of these backup wr’s…….they are all kind of mediocre. I think like said before….open up the competion for marlon browns job……lets see what branden smith…corey moore and JHC can do

Joey

November 6th, 2012
9:40 am

Well if Joe doesn’t have confidence in them, we should just kick their mediocre asses off the team.

NCDawg

November 6th, 2012
10:00 am

I think JSW will surprise. Look at Jordan Jenkins and Garrison Smith. They had to wait their turn but they are stepping up big time. I doubt JSW can’t catch passes, he is probably down the depth chart because he isn’t as good a blocker as someone else or something like that. It could be that he is just as good as say Rantavious Wooten but because Wooten has more experience he is playing ahead of Scott-Wesley.
We will see come Saturday because he will get time on the field. It’s up to him to make the most of it.

Bahits dot com

November 6th, 2012
10:01 am

I believe the shock of Bennett being lost in the middle of the week on the last play of scrimmage played a huge role in the loss of focus and loss to South Carolina. Hopefully, our Dawgs can shake off this sad event quicker and having a full week, be prepared for the most hated Auburn.

I like the idea of using Rome in a wide out spot some, and how about JHC? He did great as a receiver last year in High School. Maybe, he could be used some. It would only be fair if Grantham had to give up one of his players a little, after Coach Turtle had to give up Mitchell so much.

GATA

Chris Mike

November 6th, 2012
10:08 am

It is time for this guy to play. I can’t understand why Mark Rict keep guys with speed like this on the bench. This guy should be returing punts and kick off for us. Once again Rict shelter these guys to long and that why they don’t be ready for compettition. Every game we should have thrown him a deep route pass, just to let the defense know how fast he is.

joe jenkins

November 6th, 2012
10:10 am

@ bahits…..I agree with you a 100%…….Also i don’t see us scoring 37 points against auburn…not on the road and not without brown….in the three road games we played…we have trailed in all three…and i see us doing the same sat….which will be dangerous because auburn will be hungry for a win…..The only game we have played four quarters was the vandy game…..not playing ball till the second half is going to come back to bite us and soon im afraid

joe jenkins

November 6th, 2012
10:11 am

@joey….thanks for agreeing with me..lol

joe jenkins

November 6th, 2012
10:18 am

@chrismike…..jsw is on the bench….because he cant block….he is not quick…only has straight line speed…..typical track guy….doesn’t run routes well….does that sum it up for you?

Northside Dawg

November 6th, 2012
10:19 am

I wonder if the Ga Southern game will be televised by someone other than pay per view?

Buckeye

November 6th, 2012
10:27 am

“in honor”

Please. the guy’s not dead.

ARdawg

November 6th, 2012
10:28 am

Jeezesus H. Criminey joe jemkins. The world is not exploding and the sun will come up tomorrow. Why don’t you just stick a gun in your mouth and end it all? Bennett, King and Brown were a notch above the rest. Being so they got their right to shine this year. There is not a big disparity from them to the rest of the receiving corp. Bennet and Brown are DGD and if they could they would be playing. They can’t end of story. This scenario is opportunity. Opportunity for some of the young guns to step and and be known. You duty as a fan is to have the confidence that they will. Either get the confidence or STFU

Bahits dot com

November 6th, 2012
10:41 am

The MBs were Monster Blockers. They cleared the field for Gurley and Marshal to have really long runs. Can the other receivers step up and knock the snot out of the defenses. Make the defenses fear and have their heads on a swivel. Hit them every play and make them worry about where the block is coming from? Make the Defense hate them? The MBs were tough and physical blockers.

Can the other receiver/blockers step up?

hope no more arrests

November 6th, 2012
10:44 am

GO BEAT AUBURN , WE ARE A TEAM AD TEAM OVER COMES TROUBLES…GO DAWGS

Huh?

November 6th, 2012
10:47 am

Does UGA need to run 4 and 5 WR sets against Auburn? If not, where is the concern. I think King, Mitchell and Conley are a pretty good starting 3. Going 4 wide, they just need to put Rome in the slot. I also think that they should put the RBs in motion out of the back field. The depth isn’t what it was at the start of the year, but Mitchell was added after Bennett, so they are really only one man down. Brandon Smith could also see some action, but with as poor as he has covered this year, I think the coaching staff wants him to focus soley on getting better on D

Honey Badger Has the Munchies

November 6th, 2012
10:50 am

Life is about opportunities….TAKE THEM when they arise. Just ask folks like Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady? Just to name a couple in the NFL

Honey Badger Has the Munchies

November 6th, 2012
11:03 am

I would make Brandon Smith fair catch punts because he can’t cover sh*t on D.

BobDawg

November 6th, 2012
11:04 am

JSW is as smooth as a babies bottom.. He can flat out glide into the ball… I think he scores this weekend….

Dawglasville

November 6th, 2012
11:12 am

I don’t think it is time to panic unless we lose another WR, DT, or DB. All the cliches apply. Play the hand dealt you. Go Dawgs and go vote.

Joey

November 6th, 2012
11:15 am

You didn’t know BobDawg?

JSW isn’t quick, can’t block, and can’t run routes.

That’s the gospel according to Joe Jenkins.

Makes one wonder how JSW is still on the squad, being that he has no skills . . .

G-Dawg

November 6th, 2012
11:16 am

Being reported Abry Jones career is done too with his ankle injury.

Put in Timeout by Ken Suguira,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

November 6th, 2012
11:22 am

Well that is sweet

Fidlin1

November 6th, 2012
11:23 am

Thank you for the thrills this year Marlon. I hope to see you play on Sundays once this is all behind you. Good Dog! Woof!! Woof!!

DawgFaithful

November 6th, 2012
11:25 am

Northside Dawg.

The GA Southern game will be on WSB-TV next Saturday.

NoBama

November 6th, 2012
11:26 am

That’s what my bumber sticker says…..

Now let’s make it happen today and on Dec 1st Dawg fans!!!!!

DawgFaithful

November 6th, 2012
11:30 am

“I would make Brandon Smith fair catch punts because he can’t cover sh*t on D.”

He has struggled some but if you watched the game on Saturday he had his best game in coverage. He’s been a sure tackler as well. I’m not sure how having him fair catch punts will help the team.

Honey Badger Has the Munchies

November 6th, 2012
11:33 am

DawgFaithful…it was sarcasm about punt returns. As far as Brandon’s body work on D he has not been that great in covereage. He did have a good game Saturday, however. Better late than never.

DawgFaithful

November 6th, 2012
11:33 am

“@chrismike…..jsw is on the bench….because he cant block….he is not quick…only has straight line speed…..typical track guy….doesn’t run routes well….does that sum it up for you?”

Hey Jackass,

He’s on the bench because he’s young and WR was our deepest position. The kid is only 19 years old. There’s only so much room for people to play. Do you really claim to know WTF you’re talking about or do you just like to get on here and make outlandish statements that you know aren’t true just to get a rise out of people?

Either way you sound like a dumbass.

Honey Badger Has the Munchies

November 6th, 2012
11:35 am

DawgFaithful….as fast as Brandon is and his playing experience I thought he would be a “lock down” cover guy. He does miss a lot of covereges and tackles. Still love this team just talking football.

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jalex49

November 6th, 2012
11:37 am

Hate to hear the story about Marlon and I hope and pray he gets better and opportunities in football come to him in his future and if not, be extremely successful in whatever endeavor he chosen.

Thanks to him for chosing Georgia and it’s been great to see him perform and I’m convinced he will be if given a chance a top flight receiver at the next level.

I’m glad to hear Scott-Wesley wants to step up and give his best. The opportunity to demonstrate what you are truley capable of is at hand, as it will take everyone to be extremely focused and the intensity must match what Auburn will bring to even win or stay even.

Georgia if you lay an egg like it happened at South Carolina, you will lose any respect that you may have gained and once again, Georgia, the players, coaches and fans will be seen as second rate in football!

I hope you win at Auburn and get the opportunity to play in such an important game as the SEC Championship game. Go Dogs and beat Auburn and Alabama or LSU in the SEC Championship game- unlike some, I’m convinced this could happen.

If Georgia wins saturday then I encourage Coach Richt to set aside time to bring in as many of the 1980 Championship team and review what it took for Georgia to be beat Notre Dame. To review the effort the team put in to beat Notre Dame will apply now,even though it’s a different time and circumstance. You will see the defense play over it’s head and the offense match point for point with N.D. until the very end. It was one of the most exciting Championship game, I have ever seen, bar none!

We can’t live in the past but we can learn from the past! Alabama is the best team, but my recollection Notre Dame was the pick to win that game?

Thanks guys for such a good season.

UGA Insider

November 6th, 2012
11:52 am

Let me put the Auburn game into perspective…. CMR and CMB very much dislike Brian VanGordor. Actually they can’t stand him or his caterpillar that lives above his lip. They feel like he bolted on them after he swore he would stay…. which resulted in the hiring of Sweet Willie Martinez that cost the Dawgs a MNC.

Look for Bobo and CMR to actually try and run up a score on a team this week. As a matter of fact that is the game-plan.

UGA 55
Auburn 10

That kind of performance will get the entire staff fired at Auburn… exactly what the UGA staff wishes.

flo-ri-duh

November 6th, 2012
11:58 am

Blake Tibbs was the only WR in last years class and he is being red shirted. UGA thought they had Corderello Patterson, who is going to be a high draft choice if he turns pro this year, but he signed with Tennessee. Conley is good – played more last year because Malcolm Brown was injured. He just needs reps.

Huh?

November 6th, 2012
12:01 pm

@UGA Insider- Why would UGA want Auburn’s coaching staff fired? If they got fired, there is a good chance that their replacements would be better. I do hope that the DAWGS light up the Tigers and play sound football the rest of the year, but let’s Hope that the only Change happens today at the polls.

creekwolf

November 6th, 2012
12:15 pm

Thanks for the insight, Insider. That sure makes sense.

G-Dawg

November 6th, 2012
12:17 pm

Agree Munchie…with all the hype of Smith coming outta high school..and being a 4 yr starter…you just dont see the consistency each week from him. He should be the overall best DB on the squad, but personally think Swann and Commings are getting more done at this point in their careers. However, I still support my players and team.

kauai dawg

November 6th, 2012
12:29 pm

GREAT POST

Bahits dot com

November 6th, 2012
10:01 am
I believe the shock of Bennett being lost in the middle of the week on the last play of scrimmage played a huge role in the loss of focus and loss to South Carolina. Hopefully, our Dawgs can shake off this sad event quicker and having a full week, be prepared for the most hated Auburn.

I like the idea of using Rome in a wide out spot some, and how about JHC? He did great as a receiver last year in High School. Maybe, he could be used some. It would only be fair if Grantham had to give up one of his players a little, after Coach Turtle had to give up Mitchell so much.

I like the idea of each point..

Go DAWGS!

truedawg

November 6th, 2012
12:45 pm

Best wishes to MB, DGD!

Justin Scott-Wesley, love your attitude. Now live it! Stay out of trouble, and keep praticing hard. I think you’ll end up being a good WR and an excellent deep ball threat. Be ready.

Dawgs, Don’t sleep on Allbums they beat SC last year. They are playing at home and are hungry for a win. This has nothing to do with records or rankings. This is hate!! They hate us, from BVG to the second string punt returner…This will be a war, and will be 4 qtrs of battle. Lose this game and none of the other wins matter. GATA from first play to last. Get a lead and expand it. Run it up. Don’t let them get a yard or a shimmer of hope. You still have a chance to play for a Crystal ball. Lose this game, or even let it be close and then there’s no hope at all. GATA…GATA and last GATA!! Go Dawgs!!

monty

November 6th, 2012
12:47 pm

don’t have to be able to zig and zag alot when you can fly. Ever seen a guy named Herschell Walker run?

GB's Hamburgers

November 6th, 2012
12:50 pm

I’m with Chris Mike. It seems that even in blowout games, players like Scott-Wesley don’t get playing time. UGA tends to reduce the playbook and quit playing when they get a big lead instead of seeing it as an opportunity to build depth. Look at Zander for example. The FB position has been like a lineman’s position. But Zander comes in and it’s clear that he’s your guy. He’s been on the bench for years. If Murray went down ….. ? Richt throws away theses chances to know and develop the team.

azdawg

November 6th, 2012
12:53 pm

Losing Bennett was a blow but not a knockout. However, now they lose Brown and they’re still pretty strong at receiver but cannot afford to lose another one, especially a starter. Any more losses to the receiver corps makes the dawgs rely on inexperienced players and more on the running game as well. TE’s will have to step up in place of these losses to help out receivers that will be playing more since the corps has been depleated by injuries. I’m afraid these losses will eventually take their toll as the season winds down. The remaining healthy receivers will have more snaps and that’ll wear them down physically. A tired and thinning receiving corps isn’t what you want if the dawgs can get to Atl and face an AL team that looks unbeatable. These losses really do hurt the dawgs.

CHDawg

November 6th, 2012
1:03 pm

Georgia is blessed with a lot of talent. We have redshirted guys like Moreno, and not played TBs that went on to be Pro-bowlers, so we certainly have had great talent on the bench before. I have always been high on this group of receivers, and none more so than JSW. We have only seen him a little, but what I have seen has really impressed me. Fantastic speed, good size, and he seems to catch the ball well. JSW could be another great Dawg. Now is the time to step up.

The Dogfather

November 6th, 2012
1:06 pm

Props to my brother truedawg…

SatillaDawg

November 6th, 2012
1:09 pm

Tough break Marlon, and get well soon. Dawg Nation appreciates your stellar efforts this year.

Good luck to all those vying to replace Marlon and carry the team forward.

2012 Bulldogs will prevail!

Go DAWGS! Sic ‘Em! Woof, Woof, Woof!