There’s no doubt that the losses of A.J. Green and Kris Durham will hurt the Dawgs.
Aaron Murray is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the conference, but there are serious concerns about who will pick up the slack left by Green and Durham.
Let’s take a look at the Dawgs’ five best receiving options for 2011.
With the departure of A.J. Green, Tavarres King will be thrust into the spotlight as the Dawgs’ No. 1 option at wide out.
He leads all returning players in catches, yards and touchdowns, and will have to have a big year for the Dawgs to succeed.
Orson Charles is perhaps the most dynamic tight end in all of college football.
Standing 6’3” and weighing 240 lbs, he is too fast to be covered by a linebacker, and too physical to be covered by a corner.
Look for big numbers in 2011 between Charles and his high school teammate, Aaron Murray.
Brown was a top prospect coming out of high school and was vastly overshadowed by A.J. Green & company his first two seasons.
He is, however, coming off a solid spring and will enter fall practice as one of the Dawgs’ two starting receivers.
Brown could be a big-time red zone target for Aaron Murray.
Though Michael Bennett does not have the blazing speed of some of his receiving counterparts, his toughness and hands are unmatched.
A big, physical wide out, Bennett will be a top third-down option for Aaron Murray in 2011.
The best comparison for Michael Bennett?
Former Dawg and current Seattle Seahawk, Kris Durham.
Malcolm Mitchell has received more offseason buzz than any other Dawg.
His blazing speed has been torching the defense all summer, and even led Aaron Murray to say Mitchell’s “speed and quickness are better than A.J. [Green’s].”
Not bad for a true freshman.