Athens, Ga. — A theme for the Georgia offense all pre-season has been to try and match the achievements of the teams’ highly touted defense. While much has been written about the Bulldogs’ running back situation, as much responsibility lies with the receiving corps as it does with those carrying the ball.
After Wednesday’s scrimmage, sophomore wide out Chris Conley said the Georgia receivers were starting to reach the form they would like and need going into the season.
“Everybody’s looking great,” Conley said. “We know that all of us can make a lot of plays so we’re not very shy about being in different formations, about being in different spots. I feel like all the guys are comfortable, whether it be at flanker, slot or short side. I feel like we’re comfortable because we know all the guys can make those catches. We’re playing faster and as a team we’re being more cohesive and more united.”
Conley credited the improvements being made by the wide receivers to a greater consistency in their play. He said he has seen the Bulldogs getting better in the short passing game while still striving to polish the longer passing plays.
“Every time we come out we’re becoming more and more consistent,” Conley said. “I feel like consistency is a big thing for us. If we want to be a good offense then we have to be consistent.”
One of the most notable aspects of this year’s receiving corps is the balance of youth and experience. Georgia currently has two senior receivers, one junior, four sophomores and five freshmen. Conley said the group is greatly influenced, however, by senior Tavarres King and junior Rantavious Wooten.
“I feel like it’s a very good balance with older guys that have a lot more experience. They’ve been there on the field in those situations,” he said. “I feel like they can impart some wisdom on the younger guys.”
With just over two weeks before the start of the football season, and despite improvements in practice and in the scrimmages, Conley said the Bulldogs aren’t resting as they prepare to face Buffalo.
“For us it’s about getting better each day,” Conley said. “We can’t get complacent and we can’t be satisfied with anything. We feel like in some ways we have had some very positive practices and in some ways we need a lot of improvement.”