Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Going Deep Without Depth


The spurned by the state’s top wideout talk has slipped to a dull roar. Thankfully. And while it is now perfectly clear that we’d much rather have Baccari Rambo than one Da’Rick Rogers, the reality must still be faced squarely in the mirror.

Who’s lining up with AJ this fall?

Sure, many writers will spill ink over the QB race to succeed Joe Cox. But really, this is Aaron Murray’s to lose. And of course we already know who runs this state. So the other offensive skill position needs to be addressed. It’d be nice for one of these guys to step up in what should be AJs final season. We lose Michael Moore who produced a modest 25 catches for 249 yards in ‘09, but was second on the team with 5 TDs. However, we get back Kris Durham who is a natural fit with his size in the slot position that Moore often occupied. 

Here’s a look at the returning names along with their ‘09 numbers:
Player
Rec
Yds
TDs
AJ Green
53
808
6
Tavarres King
18
377
1
Israel Troupe
4
39
0
Rantavious Wooten
10
197
2
Marlon Brown
2
15
0
Orson Charles
23
374
3
Aron White
13
198
4
Arthur Lynch
2
17
0
Figgins/Durham
did
not
play

With all due respect to Tavarres King who had some big grabs last season, the numbers really drop off after #8. Troupe has had moments of brilliance that hiccup within lags of non-playing time. Wooten’s skillset may be unquestioned, but his size will limit his opportunities down close to the goalline.

And while many fans will focus their attention on the broad shoulders of Marlon Brown, the answer may also be found at the TE position. As Paschall wrote, Georgia’s tight ends are poised to complement a receiving corps that even Coach Richt admits is not as deep as he would like.

Depth is definitely an issue at receiver. I would say we don’t have, at this moment, a good number that I feel comfortable having. During the season, you’re probably going to play around six or seven, and that’s what we have right now, so everybody’s going to get their share.

From reading that quote it might be easy to surmise that Logan Gray will be counted on to provide some extra depth. Yet truly, it’s unlikely at this point that even Coach Ball knows how well the athletic quarterback will fill into the role of a pass catching playmaker. So it’s clear that someone will need to step up. A dependable deep threat and athletic ball hog needs to line up on the field opposite AJ Green for a reasonable amount of fear to strike the hearts of SEC secondaries. Preferably two deep threats and ball hogs. Maybe three...I'm greedy.

I would say at this point, #7 may be the only other answer we feel completely comfortable in giving. But I bet by summer’s end we have another. What say you?