Not So Much

ATHENS - Georgia is stocked with talent at tailback for its SEC opener at South Carolina.

Wide receiver? Not so much.

“It’s a little shaky, the depth right now,” coach Mark Richt said Tuesday. “We better keep recruiting, I can tell you that.”

Georgia won’t be able to add any new players in time for Saturday’s game.

They’ll have to make do without wideouts Malcolm Mitchell, Justin Scott-Wesley and Jonathon Rumph.

Scott-Wesley, coming back from a sprained ankle, was on the side in a regular jersey during drills Tuesday in the portion of practice open to the media.

“He’s coming along but I don’t see him going,” Richt said.

Mitchell remains out after arthroscopic knee surgery.

Rumph has a pulled hamstring. He didn’t play against Clemson.

“He’s out,” Richt said. “He won’t play.”

Quarterback Hutson Mason said Georgia can make plays through the air with more than just Chris Conley and Michael Bennett.

“It’s not the Barnum & Bailey circus out there,” Mason said. “We’ve got guys that I trust and guys that have made several plays.”

Mason also mentioned Reggie Davis, Kenny Towns and tight end Jay Rome.

“We just need a little bit more confidence,” Mason said. “That’s maybe my job to go pat some guys on the back and tell them to keep my head up and maybe keep my head up, too.”

Mason noted that Georgia didn’t have Mitchell and Scott-Wesley last year against Georgia Tech and Nebraska when he threw for 299 and 320 yards, respectively.

The receivers available are getting more reps in practice than they usually would.

“It is what it is,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “The guys are going to have to suck it up. They did a nice job the first week and we’re going to call their number a few more times this week and they’ve got to respond and make plays.”

Bobo challenged the offense to step it up in the passing game in practice Tuesday after not having a good practice Monday. Freshman Isaiah McKenzie is in the plans as a receiver and Bobo said Davis looked good Tuesday.

“I thought we had a great practice today throwing and catching and that’s what it’s going to take Saturday,” Bobo said. “No matter who’s out there, you’ve got to trust what you see and cut it loose.”

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