No Shortage of Receivers

ATHENS - With rehabilitating members and a new slate of deep threats, Georgia's receiving corps is more cohesive now than ever.

Junior receiver Michael Bennett is back for fall practice after tearing his ACL last season. Bennett's not looking too shy, though, and says this may be one of the best groups of receivers he's played alongside.

"We all can play," Bennett said. "I don't really think we have any superstars. Malcolm [Mitchell] is kind of our breakout guy, but we don't have an A.J. [Green] or a TK [Tavarres King] like we used to."

With Mitchell and Bennett being two of the top threats, Georgia will have a variety of options to substitute. Bennett said there shouldn't be any dropoff in production, though.

"We all know we can play and we're all really good," Bennett said. "When one guy goes in and the other subs out we won't have any hiccups."

The junior credits this continuous flow of talent to the group's versatility on the field.

"We've got a lot of guys who run all three spots," Bennett said. "We're just really well-rounded."

One major reason why Georgia has so many options lies in the first-year Dawgs. Junior transfer Jonathon Rumph enrolled at Georgia in January and caught four passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns in his spring debut in Sanford. Bennett claims the 6-foot-5 receiver has only gotten better since then.

"He has gotten a lot better since spring," Bennett said. "He came in a little stiff, but now he's more fluent in his routes and running better."

Along with the options the first-years are bringing to the Bulldogs' offense, a better bond is being formed around the facilities.

"The meeting room is a little more crowded now, but that's good," Bennett said. "There's a better comradery with all these guys."

Though the quick transition made by the first-year players is undoubtedly impressive, what can be considered more impressive is Bennett's recovery and return to the field. He says it's been tough, but he's no longer thinking about the knee.

"When you're out there you really don't have time to worry about your knee. You just think about catching the ball and getting back up," Bennett said. "It's really a good escape from thinking about your knee."

As far as Bennett's fall status, he said he's never felt better.

"It feels exactly what it used to be if not better," Bennett said. "It's really amazing how far I've came and how good it feels."

Bennett's journey through knee rehab has enabled him to guide a fellow teammate facing a similar situation, freshman Tramel Terry. Terry is facing both the frustrations of injury and being a freshman in a new system.

"It's more of just being a freshman for him right now," Bennett said. "As soon as he starts learning the plays he'll be a lot better."

Bennett said being a freshman receiver at fall camp is hard enough, but it's harder with a bulky knee brace restricting your movement.

"He's frustrated a little right now because he's in that big brace," Bennett said. "Being a skill guy it's hard with that on so I'm just trying to encourage him as much as I can."

However, Bennett is optimistic about where Terry will be in a few months, or even weeks.

"He looks really good for where he's at," Bennett said. "He's got a little ways to go, but I feel like he's going to be just fine when he gets a hold of the offense."


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