Georgia receiver Scott-Wesley building, not dwelling, on successes

Just three months into the year, 2013 is looking pretty good for Justin Scott-Wesley.

The Georgia wide receiver began with his most productive game as a Bulldog with three catches for 67 yards in a Capital One Bowl win against Nebraska and followed that up during indoor track season by matching his career best with a time of 6.75 seconds in the 60-meter dash, tied for third in the school record book.

Scott-Wesley hasn’t spent much time thinking about the accomplishments and said he has replayed the bowl game just once.

“I keep moving,” Scott-Wesley said. “I don’t like to dwell on the past.”

The GHSA Class AA 2009 and 2010 state 200 meter champion and 2010 100 meter winner certainly can move, but that didn’t translate into a big year on the field in 2012. He had six catches for 135 yards in the back end of the receiver rotation.

With Tavarres King and Marlon Brown now departed and Michael Bennett returning from a torn ACL, there might be more opportunity for the rising redshirt sophomore, who Thursday worked behind former walk-on Rhett McGowan at the split-end position.

“I’m just trying to do the little things better,” Scott-Wesley said. “Just try to be the best receiver I can be, as far as blocking and catching passes. One thing I’ve been working on is my (footwork).”

The 5-foot-11 Scott-Wesley has less weight on those feet. He’s slimmed down from 215 pounds to 205.

“I think it was track and a better diet,” he said of cutting down on fried foods and sweets.

Scott-Wesley said it’s up to the coaches to decide if he will get more playing time this season, but his goal this spring is to impress them and his teammates to prove he’s a reliable player.

He’s working in that direction.

Quarterback Aaron Murray noticed Scott-Wesley showing more confidence entering his third season in the program.

“You can tell; he knows what he’s doing out there,” Murray said. “He feels good. He looks more fluid because he’s playing instead of thinking so much. I know the coaches are impressed, and I’ve been impressed with how well he’s played so far this spring.”

Said tight end Jay Rome: “With the speed he has, I’ve seen this guy just flat-out go. He’s really been working on his routes and his hands. He still has a lot of learning to do as do I and the rest of the team, but I definitely see him being a big weapon this year.”

About that speed.

Scott-Wesley isn’t making any boasts about being able to top the 4.38-second 40-yard dash time recorded by former Bulldogs cornerback Branden Smith at Georgia’s pro day last week. He said he last ran a 40 during his junior year at Mitchell County High School in Camilla and was timed at 4.41

He’s planning on running in outdoor track after spring practice ends on April 11.

First, there’s more spring practice, including today’s second spring scrimmage.

Scott-Wesley had two catches for 40 yards in the first scrimmage this week.

“I’m just trying to improve,” he said, “and build on some of the good things I did in the bowl game.”

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