If Georgia had its full complement of wide receivers available, figuring out who would be the starters in a three or four receiver set would probably be easier, but it doesn‚Äôt.
There are no signs that Malcolm Mitchell will be available for the opener against Clemson after arthroscopic knee surgery.
Justin Scott-Wesley, expected to be suspended for the first game for his violation of the UGA drug policy, now is dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out of practice Friday.
‚ÄúI tell you it‚Äôs still up in the air,‚Äù receivers coach Tony Ball said. ‚ÄúNot because we don‚Äôt have the talent, it‚Äôs because the competition‚Äôs really been good.‚Äù
The top two receivers now are Chris Conley and Michael Bennett, although Conley missed at least some of Friday‚Äôs practice with what Ball said was related to the shoulder injury he suffered earlier this preseason.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a work in progress with that group,‚Äù offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve still got some issues.‚Äù
Blake Tibbs was the first name mentioned by Bobo among the other receivers and Ball said the redshirt sophomore ‚Äúhas been a pleasant surprise this preseason.‚Äù
Ball said Reggie Davis had an ‚Äúoutstanding‚Äù preseason before a finger issue sidelined him for some time, but he‚Äôs returned.
Jonathan Rumph has a better grasp of the system, Ball said, and Kenny Towns, who had 10 catches in the second scrimmage, ‚Äúhas been a little inconsistent in catching the ball, but he‚Äôll be fine because he cares.
Freshman Isaiah McKenzie and walk-on Michael Erdman are also in the mix at receiver.