A.J. Green: Georgia Bulldogs 2009 Impact Player

Isaac ScheidtCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2009

While University of Georgia fans look ahead to the 2009 college football season, there are a number of question marks that pop up.

UGA failed to live up to the hype of their preseason No. 1 ranking last season, and it's something that's left many fans uncertain of what to expect for next year.

Looking at the offense, the absence of Knowshon Moreno, Matthew Stafford, and Mohammed Massaquoi will be a huge loss.

Moreno led the SEC with 1400 rushing yards and also scored 16 touchdowns. Stafford racked up an SEC-leading 3459 passing yards and an all-time team record 25 passing TDs. While Mo-Mass had a streaky career at Georgia, he took a big step forward in 2008 with 58 receptipns for 920 yards, finding the end zone eight times.

With most of Georgia's explosive offense walking out for the upcoming NFL draft, who will the Bulldogs turn to for big plays in 2009?  The answer: A.J. Green.

The Summerville, SC youngster came into Athens with high expectations. He was one of the most highly recruited receivers in his class, and he lived up to the hype.

His first-year numbers are very similar to Massaquoi's senior season, as Green pulled in 56 receptions for 963 yards and eight scores. Let's keep in mind that Green was a freshman doing this, still sharing reps with another highly talented, more experienced wide receiver.

There will be big questions for Georgia at QB next year but one thing is certain: No. 8 will be the No. 1 target for whomever is taking snaps in Athens.  Expect big things from the young man as he comes back with experience to back up his freakish athletic ability.

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