Bulldogs look to other receivers to fill void left by injured Brown

Georgia’s receivers are already stepping up with Marlon Brown lost for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.


Marc Weiszer

Rantavious Wooten said he will drive Brown to class this morning from the off-campus condo they share.

Now, the Bulldogs will look for players to pick up the slack on the field for the senior who shared the team lead with 27 catches for 469 yards and four touchdowns.

“I’m definitely going to miss that guy, but that’s what we do, that’s what we practice for,” said Wooten, who has 12 catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns this season. “Guys step up when things happen because you have to prepare for the unexpected. I feel like we have guys on the team that can definitely take the spot and just roll with it and make things happen just like he did.”

Brown played split end. Georgia is listing Malcolm Mitchell as the starter and Rhett McGowan as the backup at that position on the depth chart for Saturday’s game against Auburn. Tavarres King is listed as the starting flanker.

“Fortunately for us, we have a very deep receiving corps, guys with a lot of talent,” said redshirt freshman Justin Scott-Wesley. “When the coach calls your number, you just have to be ready.”

Scott-Wesley, who has one catch at Georgia, hasn’t played since the Vanderbilt game on Sept. 22.

“I think it definitely gives me an extended role to contribute to the team,” Scott-Wesley said. “Just because of the sheer numbers we have.”

Georgia already lost top receiver Michael Bennett early last month with a torn ACL.

“It happened so fast, you never know,” Wooten said of Brown’s injury. “People say all the time any given play something like this can happen.”

Wooten said that Brown seemed to be taking his injury in stride.

“He’s still the same old Marlon,” Wooten said. “You wouldn’t even know there’s a difference. I’m pretty sure he’s got his head up. He’s fine.”

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