Georgia Football: Marlon Brown's Performance in Scrimmage Is Encouraging

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 8, 2012

Georgia WR Marlon Brown (right)
Georgia WR Marlon Brown (right)Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

When Marlon Brown signed with Georgia in 2009, he was viewed as one of the key pieces of the Bulldogs' 2009 recruiting class. Rated as the No. 2 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com, the 6'5", 225-pounder had stardom written all over him.

But so far during his career in Athens—a career that includes 28 catches for 382 yards—he has been viewed as a recruiting bust.

If Wednesday's scrimmage between the hedges is any indication, that could be changing.

According to Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brown was the star of the scrimmage, hauling in six passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns.

I know, I know...friends don't let friends discuss scrimmage statistics. But that still has to be encouraging for Georgia fans.

Tavarres King is the unquestioned leader of the Georgia receiving corps, and he's looking to close out his career in style after a 205-yard performance in Georgia's Outback Bowl loss to Michigan State.

But behind King, there are some questions.

Malcolm Mitchell, last season's second-leading receiver, is going to focus on defense for the first part of the season. Michael Bennett had a solid freshman season, catching 32 passes for 320 yards and five touchdowns in 2012, but he'll have to improve upon that if he's going to fill in while Mitchell focuses on defense. 

If Brown can live up to the hype—or, at least, come reasonably close—that will take a lot of pressure off of the entire Georgia receiving corps.

It's clear that King is a star. Mitchell is too, but his role has changed since last season. And Bennett is a reliable piece that has upside.

If Brown can build upon Wednesday's scrimmage and be the weapon that he was supposed to be when he signed his Letter of Intent...look out, SEC East.