"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
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
"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,"
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
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
"If you make it through it, it can't help but make you
Reggie Brown talks about breakout game
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