He's small in size but big with playmaking ability.
Southern senior Willie Quinn, all 5-5 and 145 pounds of him, is an athlete Georgia will have to deal with this Saturday due to how dangerous he can be each time he touches the football. Quinn is a receiver and return specialist, who also has the ability to launch the ball down the field with his arm if need be.
Two weeks ago against Mississippi Valley State, Quinn's highlights made ESPN SportsCenter after he scored touchdowns on a punt return, kick return and an 89-yard pass.
Through three games, Quinn has 344 total return yards and three touchdowns. He has the aforementioned passing touchdown. Quinn also has 153 receiving yards and a score.
"He is a stick of dynamite right now as an athlete," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said.
Richt has singled out Quinn more than once this week for his ability to make plays. Richt expressed concern with Quinn's ability in the return game, pointing out his kickoff coverage unit, which had issues in the first half of last week's 52-20 win over South Carolina, will need to perform at a high level to slow him down.
Georgia running back Sony Michel played against Quinn, a Miami native, in high school. In a playoff game, Michel said Quinn, who went to Miami Jackson, scored a couple of touchdowns on jet sweeps to help his team win. Michel's a believer in Quinn's ability as a football player and noted he was probably overlooked by bigger schools because of his height and weight.
"I believe Willie Quinn probably can play at a big school like the University of Georgia," Michel said. "But he just got overlooked because of his size.”
Michel and Georgia receiver/return specialist Isaiah McKenzie went to high school together at American Heritage in South Florida. McKenzie grew up closer to Quinn and got to know him some as a youth. Michel said McKenzie has been in everyone's ear this week about just how good Quinn is on the football field.
While the major schools skipped over Quinn, Southern brought him on board. And that's something Jaguars head coach Dawson Odums is thankful for.
"When the football is in hands, he believes that each time he touches it he has the ability to score points," Odums said. "He’s a confident football player. Small in stature, but he understands how to play the game. And he has the confidence to be successful. We’re just excited he’s a part of our football program.”