The No. 2 question on our list of five lingering questions entering spring practice will linger into the preseason.
`How will life be after A.J.?‚Äô That remains to be seen.
None of the wide receivers for Georgia just blew the doors down this spring in the start of the post-A.J. Green era.
The biggest surprise? Well, according to wide receivers coach Tony Ball, it was walk-on Taylor Bradberry. ‚ÄúHe made a lot of plays in the spring game and he did that all spring long,‚Äù Ball said.
That was no doubt meant as a compliment to Bradberry, but it may have also said something about the rest of Georgia‚Äôs receivers this spring.
In comments last week to the Lake Country Bulldog Club, Ball offered his take on the players at his position.
On Tavarres King, expected to be the No. 1 threat at receiver. ‚ÄúWe as a staff are hoping that TK takes the reins and will be the leader of the group and become a consistent player, the big-time player that he certainly has the potential to be. He worked extremely hard this spring and he‚Äôs going to have to continue to work this offseason as they all do.‚Äù
Marlon Brown ‚Äúmade some big improvements,‚Äù as the spring progressed. ‚ÄúHe realizes this is his time to make an impact with the program. He‚Äôs certainly one of the leaders of the group that we depend on. I feel like he ended up having a pretty good spring.‚Äù
Redshirt freshman Michael Bennett showed coaches something when the ball wasn‚Äôt in his hands. ‚ÄúI felt like he probably demonstrated the most physicality this spring at receiver,‚Äù Ball said. ‚ÄúReally tried to be physical and worked extremely hard to get better and prove to the staff that we‚Äôll be able to depend on him and trust him. Really looking forward to big things from Michael.‚Äù
Early enrollee Chris Conley drew praise less for what he has done so far on the field, but more about the type of person he is and his future upside. ‚ÄúYou‚Äôre all going to really love him, love him as a person,‚Äù Ball said. ‚ÄúHis mom and dad did a great job of raising that young man. ‚Ä¶I feel like he‚Äôs going to be an outstanding player for us. He‚Äôs somebody that cares about the game, cares about the Georgia Bulldogs. He wants to be the best that he can be. Very intelligent and he works extremely hard. We‚Äôre really looking for big things from Christian Conley.‚Äù
Rantavious Wooten and Israel Troupe both were sidelined this spring due to injury and may have slid backwards in the receiving pecking order.
Ball said Wooten ‚Äúdidn‚Äôt get a chance to get as many reps this spring. That was probably the most disappointing thing because of a nagging injury here or there. The only way you can get better is you have to get reps and you‚Äôve got to learn what to do. We need him to continue to come along this offseason and continue to get bigger, faster, stronger so he can be more durable.‚Äù
Ball said Troupe is ‚Äúa lot like Wooten this year. He hurt his shoulder early in the spring and didn‚Äôt get a lot of reps. This offseason he got bigger and got stronger. He probably got a little too big for me.‚Äù
Troupe was listed at 6-1, 222 pounds on G-Day.
‚ÄúWe need him to lose about seven or eight pounds so he can run a little faster,‚Äù Ball said. ‚ÄúWorked extremely hard this offseason. We just need to get him well and he needs to have a big offseason in order to come back and be durable in the preseason.‚Äù
Added to the mix this summer are signees Malcolm Mitchell, Justin Scott-Wesley and Sanford Seay. Mitchell could be ready to make an immediate impact. Cornerback Branden Smith remains a wild card on offense.
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