Bulldogs Beat

Reggie Davis a believer in Georgia's receivers

Jason Butt

jbutt@macon.com

Georgia punt returner Reggie Davis cuts back inside to avoid Daniel Stone's tackle during first quarter action. Georgia beat Clemson, 45-21.
Georgia punt returner Reggie Davis cuts back inside to avoid Daniel Stone's tackle during first quarter action. Georgia beat Clemson, 45-21.

ATHENS -- Never mind that the Georgia is replacing Chris Conley and Michael Bennett this year. Junior Reggie Davis is a believer that this year’s group of receivers will surprise the college football landscape.

“I think we’ll be real good,” Davis said. “The way (receivers coach Bryan McClendon) is pushing us, if we can continue to put in the hard work, we can be the best receiving corps in the nation.”

Considering the Bulldogs’ lone proven receiver is Malcolm Mitchell, who wasn’t 100 percent in 2014 after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament tear in 2013, that’s quite a bold statement from Davis.

Davis said he’s hoping to make more of an impact in the receiving game this year. Having showcased his speed over the past two seasons -- highlighted by a 98-yard touchdown reception against North Texas two years ago -- Davis is someone that can be electric with the ball in his hands.

However, opportunities have been limited. After catching 11 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown as a freshman, Davis only caught six for 63 and did not reach the end zone last season. Davis said he’s focused on his route-running this offseason with the plan of becoming a more well-rounded receiver.

“I just had to come a technician with speed,” Davis said. “It will definitely help me a lot when I’m on a collision course with somebody just as good as me or even more talented.”

With Isaiah McKenzie (hamstring) sidelined for the time being, Davis has been running as Georgia’s No. 2 receiver in practice. Davis believes this could be the year his game elevates to that next level.

“I do, but I’m just going to continue to do my work and let it show on the field,” Davis said.

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