Georgia wide receiver Tavarres King
The SEC Blog will be counting down the top 150 players in the SEC every day, concluding on Aug. 30, at the start of the college football regular season.
71. Tavarres King, No. 12, Georgia Wide Receiver
2011 stats: 47 catches for 705 yards and eight touchdowns, two carries for five yards
Experience. King has established himself as one of the SEC's most reliable wide receivers during his career in Athens. At 6'1", 192 pounds, he has the size to go up over opposing defensive backs and has the hands to make some special plays. He's the unquestioned leader of the Georgia wide receiving corps.
He's never truly been a No. 1 wide receiver. Early in his career, A.J. Green was there to steal all of the attention. Last season, hot shot freshman Malcolm Mitchell and veteran tight end Orson Charles joined King in Georgia's wide receiver-by-committee approach. That should change in 2012.
The reason King will be Aaron Murray's No. 1 target in 2012 is due to Mitchell's move to cornerback. Mitchell will still play offense, but his primary responsibility will be on defense—especially early in the season when Georgia's secondary will be hampered by suspensions.
King closed out 2011 on a high note, hauling in six passes for 205 yards and one touchdown in the Outback Bowl. He will need to capitalize on that momentum early and often in 2012.