Rantavious Wooten is poised to make significant strides in his second season as a Georgia Bulldog. Last year, although he played in nearly every game, save one, he was largely overlooked until the Kentucky game.
It was during that matchup that he broke out, so to speak, scoring two touchdowns in the game—his total for the season.
This season, he is only going to get better on the field. His speed and deep ball skills make him a good bet to get some great looks on offense.
And, despite the presence of a healthy A.J. Green and a more determined Marlon Brown, he is still capable of being a multi-skilled weapon for the Dawgs.
He was rated as a four-star product out of high school (Rivals ) and was coveted by teams like Auburn, Florida, LSU, and Miami for his phenomenal speed and playmaking ability.
The only issues were his size and strength. Even still, he plays tough, and his physical stature has not been a hindrance to his ability to play his position well.
Last season, the biggest problem for Wooten was a lack of chances. He played in nearly every game but didn't see the ball thrown his way much.
He was only credited with 10 chances last season and he maximized every opportunity (gaining nearly 20 yards on every reception). He wasn't inconsistent, he was overlooked—I expect to see that change in 2010.
Mike Moore has graduated and, even with the presence of both Tavarress King and Orson Charles, Wooten will find more chances to be productive thanks to the possibility of more three- and four-receiver sets by Georgia.
If Aaron Murray wins the QB battle, as expected, then Wooten could be one of Murray's top targets as the fellow Florida native holds a high opinion of Wooten as a receiver.
Furthermore, Murray brings with him the probability of more three- and four-receiver sets for the Dawgs.
Wooten may not have the size or strength to be a red zone threat or the go-to guy for balls thrown into the soft spot left by a cover two...leave those for Charles.
But he is the guy you want on the field for the deep ball route or screens thrown with workable space. He's money on those and will get you some serious real estate if you can hit him in stride.
Wooten will have to battle for recognition next season as his place isn't necessarily set in stone. But, if there is one thing Rantavious has come to love, it's a challenge, and I think he's just about ready to take his game to the next level.