Bulldogs Beat

With Georgia’s receiver corps emptied out, is Jeremiah Holloman the next go-to?

Jeremiah Holloman won’t hype himself up as the fastest receiver on Georgia’s roster. That title, he says, is reserved for guys like Demetris Robertson, Tommy Bush or Matt Landers, to name a few.

But there’s one fact Holloman can’t avoid, and one that might shape how his spring practice — and consequently his 2019 season — unfolds.

Holloman, still a sophomore for the next few months, is one of the few receivers on the Bulldogs’ roster who returns with a decent chunk of experience, as Mecole Hardman, Terry Godwin and Riley Ridley are all gone. Holloman, who played behind the three departed Bulldog wideouts, played in 14 games in 2018, five of which he started in.

For Holloman (and likely fellow veteran Tyler Simmons), being a veteran brings its own set of responsibilities, in addition to potentially starting as Georgia’s No. 1 receiver when September arrives. For now, though, the focus is on spring.

“It’s been a joy knowing that people depend on me,” Holloman said. “I know I can’t mess up, so I’ve got to push myself, a two-time starter. It makes me better while I’m making other people (the younger receivers) better.”

Holloman certainly has the tools to become the Bulldogs’ go-to receiver. He averaged 17 yards per reception in 2018, a team-best, and was a dependable target for 50/50 balls during his sophomore season.

Now, the receiver room is decidedly emptier with Hardman, Godwin and Ridley gone. It’ll crowd back up in the fall, though, when Georgia’s signees arrive on campus. Among them: five-star George Pickens, four-star Dominick Blaylock and Miami transfer Lawrence Cager.

“As soon as they get in, I’ll take them under my wing,” Holloman said. “Push them to be the best, and let them go out there and compete.”

Holloman mentioned the idea of him playing the slot receiver spot, but that’s still a long way off. He played a little bit of everything a season ago, and was the Bulldogs’ fifth-leading receiver with 425 yards and five touchdowns.

And he showed that he could do a little bit of everything, too. Holloman scored a leaping touchdown grab against Georgia Tech in which he tiptoed the sideline. His longest touchdown of the year, 61-yarder against Missouri, came after he beat a Tigers defensive back for a 50/50 ball, tightroped the sideline and outran a safety to the end zone.

And from what offensive players have said this spring, that the Bulldogs could throw the ball more under new offensive coordinator James Coley, Holloman and the rest of the Georgia receivers will have ample opportunity to showcase their abilities in the future.

“I’m confident that he will throw the ball a lot more,” Holloman said. “We just have more explosive plays, and stuff like that, to look forward to.”