Redshirt Diaries: Justin Scott-Wesley

Dawg Post takes a look at players who redshirted last season and what could be in store in 2012.

Justin Scott-Wesley – WR – 5-11, 220 pounds
Mitchell County High School – Camila, Ga. – Major: Athletic Training
*Also a member of the track team.

Why he redshirted:

Perhaps the fastest recruit in the 2011 class, Scott-Wesley came to Georgia as a raw football player. Depth at wide receiver allowed him to redshirt and have an extra year to fine-tune his skills.

A look at the depth chart:

Tavarres King
Marlon Brown
Malcolm Mitchell
Michael Bennett
Chris Conley
Rantavious Wooten
Taylor Bradberry

Coming in the 2012 recruiting class:

Blake Tibbs

Peer's perspective:

"I'll give it to my man, he's the 100 champ. After he gets to about 60 (yards), I don't think anyone can hold on to him." – WR Malcolm Mitchell

"Justin, he's been coming over once, maybe twice a week, throwing with us in between track practice. He looks great. He looks faster. I don't know if you can get any faster than he already is, but he looks a lot smoother with his routes, which I think is a big thing with him. With a lot of freshman, not just receivers but every position, everyone is really technical and worried about their footwork and the right amount of distance running the route. Just fluidly running it, doing what needs to be done – you can definitely see the improvement in that. He just feels more comfortable out there running, making plays and catching the ball." – QB Aaron Murray.

What the spring needs to bring:

Scott-Wesley has elite speed, but he isn't a niche player. He also plays with physicality and doesn't shy away from contact or blocking – the ugly aspects of the wide receiver position.

Echoing Murray, Scott-Wesley needs to continue to perfect his route running and become more comfortable.

Running track has helped keep his weight down and perhaps added a little more speed to a player that was already a burner. Becoming more fluid should help him showcase his speed in a capacity other than a straight line.

Contributions for next season and beyond:

Scott-Wesley's speed should place him in line for some touches in 2012. Whether it be on special teams, running the ball or making catches – he'll get some looks.

Obviously Georgia is loaded at wide receiver, so Scott-Wesley most likely won't be an every down type player. But he'll get opportunities and will be on the field.

Previous Redshirt Diaries:

Sterling Bailey
Devin Bowman
Christian LeMay
Jay Rome

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