ATHENS -- Much has been made about the quarterback position and who will start when the season opens. However, another offensive question mark for Georgia is the receiver position, which brings back one proven leader and a slew of options hoping to become factors in the passing game.
Malcolm Mitchell has bona fide potential to be an All-SEC candidate by the end of the season if he stays healthy. Though a major knee injury set him back for two seasons, Mitchell is just about 100 percent and ready to lead a receiving group that possesses potential but lacks experience. Sure, Hutson Mason didn't have to do too much in the passing game thanks to a running game opposing defenses couldn't stop even when they knew what was coming. But having Michael Bennett and Chris Conley a year ago at least kept defenses honest.
"That wide receiver position, no matter how good an individual may be, you have to have a group of receivers that can make plays," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. "You have to have a quarterback that can deliver the ball. You've got to have linemen that can protect. You've got to have a run game that people will respect that will allow you to get some coverages that are favorable to throw the football.
While Mitchell will be either Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta or Greyson Lambert's top target, Georgia will need its other wideouts to step up.
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Justin Scott-Wesley: When Mitchell tore his ACL against Clemson in the 2013 season-opener, Scott-Wesley filled his role and made quite a few plays. Then Scott-Wesley sustained a torn ACL of his own. Scott-Wesley was suspended to start the 2014 season for a drug violation and didn't see much playing time after his return due to injuries. He's now ready for camp, with Richt saying he shouldn't be limited. Scott-Wesley and Mitchell have the potential to create a formidable duo on the outside. It's a matter of both receivers staying healthy.
Isaiah McKenzie: If one of the three quarterbacks can provide a passing threat, McKenzie could be in for a breakout year in the slot. McKenzie offers plenty of speed and quickness in the open field and is tough to tackle with only one man in front of him. It's a matter of creating these kind of opportunities for McKenzie in the passing game. He'll have a chance to be a threat, or at least to make defenses think of him as a threat. But with a strong running game and what could be a controlled passing attack, McKenzie may not have the touches to put up big numbers.
Reggie Davis: Davis has great straight-line speed and will be someone to watch when the Bulldogs want to throw the deep ball. Then again, that will have to wait and see with how the quarterback situation shakes out. Lambert and Ramsey have plenty of arm strength but need to prove they can make sound decisions this August during preseason camp. For Davis, Lambert might be the best option due to his arm strength.
Terry Godwin: Of the freshmen receivers, the five-star prospect out of Callaway High School has the best chance for plenty of playing time this season. Godwin is an exceptional athlete and will need to adjust to the college game. Godwin was a two-way star in high school with the Bulldogs preferring him to enter college as a receiver. That says enough about his ability on the offensive side of the ball.
Jayson Stanley: Of Mitchell, Scott-Wesley, McKenzie, Davis and Godwin, Mitchell is the tallest at 6-1, and that's being generous. Stanley, a freshman out of Creekside High School, was a four-star recruit that has some size at 6-2, 204 pounds. He could stand to add some muscle but could step in as a possession receiver to start. He has a 40 time of 4.49 seconds and has the frame to fill the void left by Bennett's graduation.
The freshman class, in general, is loaded at receiver. In addition to Godwin and Stanley, Shaquery Wilson, Tae Crowder and Michael Chigbu will vie for playing time. For what it's worth, Mitchell said he's been impressed with what he's seen out of the freshman receivers so far this summer.
“I would say all of the young guys are talented, probably the most talented I’ve seen come through as a group in a while," Mitchell said. "They have the ability to make plays. I’ll leave it up to the coaches to decide which ones are ready to play or not. If you ask me, I’ll say all have the ability to.”
The receiving group could go either way in 2015. If healthy, and with solid quarterback play, they have the athleticism and talent to be among the best in the conference. If injuries creep in and the quarterbacks struggle, Georgia could be leaning even more on the running game.
Hitting the links
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Mark Bradley responded to Steve Spurrier's bizarre press conference that called the columnist out for stating an opinion.
The Athens Banner-Herald's Mark Weiszer writes about the impact new strength and conditioning coordinator Mark Hocke is having on the Bulldogs.
The Athens Banner-Herald's Fletcher Page ranks each Georgia position group.
Power Five conferences are set to see a raise in cost of attendance funding, writes The Red & Black's Jackie Kinney & Nicolle Sartain.
Bulldawg Illustrated profiled Cameron Faulkner as part of their countdown to kickoff series.
Recruit to announce Friday
Georgia will hope to pick up another commitment this Friday when four-star defensive end/outside linebacker Xavier Kelly of Kansas announces his decision.
Kelly was present for Georgia's Dawg Night camp last Saturday, which could be seen as a good sign for the Bulldogs. Kelly wrote on his personal Twitter account that he will be choosing between Alabama, Florida State, Clemson, Michigan, Georgia, Kansas State, Oregon and TCU.
The Bulldogs have 13 players committed for the class of 2016 and will hope Kelly becomes No. 14. Georgia does not have an outside linebacker signed in the class but does have a verbal from defensive end Chauncey Manac of Homerville.
Damien does it again
Age ain't nothing but a number for former Georgia basketball player Damien Wilkins.
After posting a double-double with Team USA in a first-round win over Venezuela, Wilkins, 35, was back at it Wednesday. Wilkins scored 15 points in a second-round 101-70 victory over Puerto Rico. Wilkins scored all of his points in the first half and did not play much after the break. Team USA led 102-70 at halftime.
Song of the day
"Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits