13 Months Later

Justin Scott-Wesley grabbed a 19-yard touchdown and some in his return to the field Saturday.

More than 13 months since he last caught a pass in a football game, Justin Scott-Wesley’s reappearance as a playmaking wide receiver came Saturday on a first-quarter 19-yard touchdown catch in Georgia's 55-9 win against Charleston Southern.

Scott-Wesley endured a torn ACL against Tennessee on Oct. 5, 2013, an arrest weeks later for marijuana possession and a suspension that came with it, more injuries and then not getting a reception until the 11th game of the season.

“It feels good, man,” Scott-Wesley said. “It’s been a long hard process. I have faith in myself, my coaches, and my teammates. I’m just thankful for the opportunity and each opportunity that I get I’m going to make the most out of it.”

The redshirt junior played against Missouri, Arkansas and Kentucky, but said he had not been targeted for a pass this season before Saturday.

He also made a leaping 14-yard catch in the fourth quarter .

“It was good for him to get some opportunity,” coach Mark Richt said. “You just never know what a game’s going to bring. He may catch five next week. I don’t know what’s going to happen. He’s healthy. He’s been running around good. I was glad to see him take advantage of the opportunities that he had.”

Besides the torn ACL that ended his 2013 season with 16 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns, he also dealt with a sprained ankle in the preseason and a minor hand injury during the season.

“He needed some confidence, he needed some pats on the back,” quarterback Huston Mason said.

“The ACL is a tricky process,” Scott-Wesley said. “Everybody’s body is different. I’m just doing the things that make me comfortable and doing the things that make me comfortable and be in position where I can be explosive and make plays.”

Asked how long he was suspended for, he laughed and said: “No comment.”

His touchdown catch came on what he said was a “simple dig route. The coverage was right and a great ball,” came his way.

“Maybe one big catch like that will be the difference maker as far as being able to use him this year for his confidence,” Mason said. “Hopefully that kind of gets him going.”

“He’ll gain more confidence and I’m sure our staff will gain more confidence in him as well,” Richt said.

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