With an extended list of wide receivers inactive for Saturday‚Äôs game, one must step up and lead his group as Georgia takes on Missouri.
Chris Conley is likely the most qualified candidate.
The junior has stepped up and made a few big plays for Georgia in recent games, including a one-handed touchdown catch against Tennessee.
As has been well-documented, Georgia has been without Malcolm Mitchell since the Clemson game, and has to perform without Justin Scott-Wesley and Michael Bennett. While Bennett is slated to return as early as the Florida game, Scott-Wesley will not be back until next season. Conley said offensive coordinator Mike Bobo‚Äôs game plan won‚Äôt change.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôve had quite a few guys go down, but I don‚Äôt think it‚Äôs going to change anything or change the way we do things,‚Äù Conley said. ‚ÄúI think another young guy is going to have an opportunity to step up and you‚Äôre going to be hearing some new names.‚Äù
Georgia has had some not-so-well-known receivers show up out of the blue, which makes the experience gained in practice that much more important, receiver Rhett McGowan said.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs very important. I think the experience is important and useful,‚Äù McGowan said. ‚ÄúYou want their confidence really high right now and they‚Äôre playing with great confidence.‚Äù
Mark Richt said he is confident Conley is the right veteran to get his younger players ready, adding that Conley takes his leadership role seriously.
‚ÄúEvery chance he gets he‚Äôs trying to help those guys know what to do. He cares about team, he cares about people and he‚Äôs an awesome guy,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúI think a lot of it stems from how he was raised and his faith. It‚Äôs very impressive.‚Äù
Richt seems to think Conley has the ability to produce more acrobatic catches throughout the season as well as remain reliable for quarterback Aaron Murray.
‚ÄúHe is the poster child for dependability,‚Äù Richt said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs maximizing, in my opinion, every gift that God gave him. He‚Äôs not perfect, but he seems to try his best on every single rep in practice.‚Äù