Georgia-Florida week still conjures up memories from one of college football’s most storied rivalries. Even in a year when neither team is having close to a classic season.
Lindsay Scott is forever entwined with the game for his “Run, Lindsay, Run,” 93-yard catch-and-run on a pass from Buck Belue to lift Georgia to a 26-21 win in 1980.
“I wish I could still run like that but I can’t,” Scott said last spring.
Reggie Davis can.
The Georgia freshman receiver with track speed topped Scott’s score with a 98-yard touchdown against North Texas that set a record for the longest touchdown catch in Bulldogs history.
Former Florida All-American receiver Jacquez Green was Davis’ offensive coordinator at Lincoln High in Tallahassee. Davis said he was offered by the Gators and took four or five unofficial visits to Gainesville with Green.
“He just told me go where you feel comfortable and where you best fit,” Davis said.
Davis was pulled to Georgia because of “a real good connection,” with Georgia wide receivers coach Tony Ball.
Now, he’s moved up the pecking order at receiver after the position was hit hard by injuries.
Justin Scott-Wesley and Malcolm Mitchell are out for the season.
Georgia this week gets back Michael Bennett but won’t have Chris Conley.
“It does hurt and it sucks for the guys that got hurt,” Davis said. “It’s a blessing for others, too, so they can get a chance to play. It’s tragic also. Reality-wise we’ve got to move forward.”
Davis has been relatively quiet since the injuries hit. He had one catch for nine yards against both Tennessee and Missouri and two for 13 against Vanderbilt.
Georgia coaches have said they should have taken more shots down field against the Commodores. That could be right up Davis’ alley.
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