By the way head coach Kirby Smart describes it, Georgia could be sharing the football quite a bit among its wide receivers.
Through the preseason, there hasn’t been a wideout who has shown the ability to be the true No. 1 receiver. Therefore, there could be plenty of receivers rotating throughout games and ultimately throughout the year.
“You know I think it’s going to have to be by committee,” Smart said. “The leadership comes from Reggie (Davis) and Isaiah (McKenzie). How they go is kind of how the whole group goes. Both of those guys compete hard and practice the right way. But when it comes to production, I think it’s going to come from everybody.”
Both Davis and McKenzie served as role players at wideout in 2015. Davis had 12 catches for 187 yards and 1 touchdown and McKenzie recorded 10 catches for 123 yards. McKenzie was also used as an end-around rusher and totaled 117 yards and 2 touchdowns in this role.
While Davis and McKenzie are the veterans, sophomore Terry Godwin could wind up being the top overall option, although Smart has previously said he’s got a lot to improve upon.
The Bulldogs are tasked with replacing Malcolm Mitchell's production. Mitchell caught 58 passes for 865 yards and 5 touchdowns. Godwin is the leading returning receiver with
It is evident that Smart thinks his receiving group can get the job done in the passing game but that there may not be one dominant wideout who helps take over games.
“(Michael) Chigbu has done a good job. (Jayson) Stanley had a good last scrimmage. He blocked well and has done the things we’ve asked him to do,” Smart said. “Riley Ridley’s a guy who gives you great effort every play out there and gives you all he can. Even Javon Wims has come along. Tyler Simmons has had some good days. It’s gonna be a group that does it by committee, I’m afraid. Nobody has jumped out there.”