Profiling the Georgia Wide Receivers: Part Two

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Profiling the Georgia Wide Receivers: Part Two
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Last week, I took a look at a few members of the Georgia wide-receiving corps. If you didn't get a chance to see that article, you can find it here.

There has been one semi-major development since the publishing of that article: Junior wide receiver Tony Wilson has left the team due to an injury.

Had he not left, he likely would have been suspended by head coach Mark Richt.

Wilson, along with defensive end Justin Houston and tight end Bruce Figgins, were in violation of team rules.

Figgins will miss the first six games of the season, and Houston the first two, while Wilson's voluntary departure saved him from any disciplinary action by Richt.

You may read the Atlanta-Journal Constitution article here if you haven't already heard the story, and you can see Bill King's take on the impact of said suspensions in his Junkyard Blawg.

However, I can say without question that the impact of Tony Wilson's departure will be minimal. If anything, it frees up a little more room on the depth chart for one of the other guys to make a play for a spot.

So, in continuing my profile, I take a look at the next group of guys:

 

A.J. Green (Sophomore)

For anyone who follows SEC football, A.J. Green hardly needs an introduction.

Last season, as a true freshman, he burst onto the scene in the game against Arizona State, and never looked back on his way to claiming SEC Freshman of the Year honors.

With a year under his belt, what will Green do for an encore?

He has all the skills to be an elite receiver in the SEC once again but may find it hard to duplicate last year's numbers without Matthew Stafford to throw it and Mohamed Massaquoi to balance out the field.

However,  Green is a fierce competitor and honestly believes that there isn't a ball thrown his way that he shouldn't or couldn't catch—regardless of the number of defenders who will try to prove him wrong.

Green has great size, but he lacks great speed. He could stand to put a few more pounds of muscle onto that lanky frame (he's up to 207 pounds now). I anticipate defenses will key in on him early and often.

His greatest asset is his ability to control his body and make the catch. He's got a very keen sense of awareness on the field and can make adjustments on the fly without breaking stride.

The one physical concern for Green at the moment is the nagging groin injury that limited him in the spring. He is feeling better but is not yet 100 percent; that could spell trouble for the young receiver as he tries to continue his dominance.

He will miss the presence of Massaquoi and will need to see another wide receiver pick up the slack in order to be consistent from week to week.


Michael Moore (Redshirt Senior)


Moore had a break-out game in last season's Capitol One Bowl. He caught six passes for 97-yards and a touchdown.

That performance set tongues wagging as to how much Moore's role will expand coming into this season.

He wasn't exactly in the limelight during the regular season, what with MoMass and A.J. hogging the majority of the yards and catches. Despite the depth at wide receiver, Moore still managed to haul in 29 catches for 451 yards and two scores.

His increased production leads to two questions: Where was he before now? Can he expand on that success?

Well, the answers to both questions point to bad timing and injury.

He was red-shirted as a freshman and then suffered through a knee injury, which kept him out the following spring.

His first taste of on-field play was uneventful; then came A.J. Green, and the rest is history.

Now that Massaquoi is out of the picture, look for Moore to try and grab hold of a key role in the offense.

He isn't very fast, but what he lacks in speed, he more than makes up for in hustle and toughness. He's tough to jam and can be difficult to stop in the open field.

Experience playing defensive back has made Moore a good ball-tracker.

He's got a 41" vertical, which makes him a good bet for a jump ball in the end zone. His dedication in the weight room has allowed him to be more physical against some of the tougher safeties in the conference.


Zach Renner (Redshirt Sophomore)


Renner is likely going to be more valuable as a special-teams player than a wide receiver, so I don't expect him to be challenging any of the other roster guys for playing time.

His claim to fame is the punts he blocked in back-to-back weeks against Arizona State and Alabama.

Renner was the first Bulldog to block two punts in a season since All-American David Pollack did it in 2004.

Not bad for a guy no one recruited and few had even heard of prior to that point.

Don't look for Renner to play much at wide receiver unless the unthinkable happens, but do look for him to continue his hard-core play on special teams.


Marlon Brown (Freshman)


Talk about a guy that a lot of us in Bulldog Nation are looking forward to seeing on the field next season.

Brown, the big-time wide receiver out of Memphis, Tenn., is thought to be the guy who will take over the slot left vacant by Massaquoi.

With Brown at 6'5'' and Green at 6'4'', we have the makings of a colorful, dynamic tandem.

However, Brown still has to get on campus, learn the playbook, and win the position. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, but the prospect of two legitimate all-star receiver threats has a lot of Dawg fans panting.

Brown is big, but he isn't strong. He did a lot of his damage in high school against weaker opposition and will likely get pushed around in the SEC if he doesn't hit the weight room and learn a more physical style of play.

His height coupled with that blazing speed means he shouldn't have too many issues getting open against even the best of cover-corners.

One of his best assets is his elusiveness. He has some nice moves once he has the ball and can make defenders miss with a variety of fakes and cut-backs that seem to come naturally.

Further, he has soft hands and good focus when making the catch. He's patient and confident—not at all fazed by the spectacle of it all.

That's a good trait to have when you have to play those big road games in the SEC.

His versatility makes him a definite threat to play anywhere on the field offensively as he has experience at running back and quarterback. Still, I don't see him switching positions anytime in the near future.

It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out come spring, but I expect Brown to be in the thick of it very early on.

Next week: the tight ends

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