Reggie Brown talks about breakout game

ATHENS - Reggie Brown did all the hard work Saturday. He said he'd leave the rest up to everyone else.

"I'll let the media say it was a breakout game for me," Reggie Brown said after catching seven passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns to help No. 8 Georgia past No. 25 South Carolina 31-7.

If the media wasn't ready to do it, Georgia coach Mark Richt was.

"He does a lot of things well," Richt said. "He's at a point where he's a go-to guy for us. I'm so pleased with everything he's doing, whether it's blocking or running routes. He has just been outstanding."

Brown, a junior, took over Michael Johnson's starting spot last week and had seven catches for 88 yards. He trumped that performance Saturday.

"Michael Johnson has been doing good, too, but Reggie has really taken it up a notch," Richt said. "Reggie is just a step above the other performances right now. And in the nick of time, too."

The Bulldogs will be in need of a go-to guy next week against LSU as Fred Gibson sits out to rest an injured hamstring.

"You need somebody to stop up and he's doing it," quarterback David Greene said.

All seven of Brown's catches Saturday went for a first down or a touchdown, and three of his catches converted third downs of 10 yards or more. The 215 yards he has this season are just 81 fewer than he had in 14 games last year.

"Reggie's just night and day from what he was doing last year," Greene said. "He's just making play after play. I think he has more confidence in himself. It's just clicked for him this year."

Brown said he never lost confidence in himself even though his first three years in Athens weren't what many people expected after he signed as a PARADE All-American out of Carrollton High School. He caught 13 passes as a freshman and then had just six grabs two years ago before tearing his ACL. He caught 23 passes for 236 yards last year while trying to gain strength and confidence in his knee.

"Last year I had to train so hard I didn't have time to work on what I needed to work on to be a better receiver," Brown said. "I tried not to get frustrated. I'm not going to get down on myself."

Brown took over the team receiving lead from Gibson with his performance on Saturday. He also upped his per-catch average to 14.3 yards.

"If you make it through it, it can't  help but make you stronger," he said.

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