The Georgia Bulldogs are making their second SEC Championship game appearance in as many seasons, but junior Rantavious Wooten is finally making his first trip with the team.
Georgia wide receiver Rantavious Wooten (17) has caught 15 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns this season. Wooten, who had to redshirt last season after a car wreck, will play in his first SEC Championship game on Saturday.
After playing in three games last season, Wooten was involved in a car wreck that left him with a concussion, forcing him to redshirt the rest of the season.
When his teammates squared off in Atlanta against the LSU Tigers for the SEC crown, Wooten was left at home.
“It was frustrating,” said Wooten, who has caught 15 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns this season. “By that time, I had already accepted the fact that I couldn’t be there.”
Wooten said he was offered the opportunity to be a spectator at last year’s title game but politely declined.
“They told me I could sit in the stands,” Wooten said. “I didn’t want to go because it wouldn’t be the same. I couldn’t be in the stands. I just don’t think I could have done it.”
Instead, Wooten said he watched the 42-10 LSU victory on television at home in Athens.
Now, the Belle Glade, Fla., native is looking forward to finally witnessing the championship game first-hand.
“I want to experience it for myself,” Wooten said. “I haven’t asked any of the guys about the game from last year. They talk about it, but I don’t really pay attention to it. I want to be in the moment and not think too much. I just want to let the moment happen, embrace it and be ready.”
Like Wooten a season ago, the rest of the SEC will be at home watching the title game Saturday, and that’s something Wooten and the Bulldogs aren’t taking for granted.
“There are a lot of teams not playing this week,” Wooten said. “We’re thankful for the opportunity we have.”