Bryant ready for WR role

ATHENS – It had been whispered since he first committed to Georgia in early April of 2003. According to some the move to wide receiver or safety was only a matter of time.

That time came last Friday when A.J. Bryant met with Mark Richt and officially moved from quarterback to wide receiver.

"It is different and a big challenge, but it took some pressure off of me because quarterback is a tougher position and you have to learn a lot more," said Bryant Saturday after the team scrimmaged at Sanford Stadium.

The receiver position is one of two (offensive line) that has really been hit by the injury bug this spring. Four contributing receivers including Reggie Brown and Fred Gibson have missed significant parts of this spring's practices.

The holes in the receiver rotation led to Richt's moving Bryant and Joe Tereshinski III to the receiver spot just so that the quarterbacks could have targets to throw to. Tereshinski might not have been given a second look at receiver but Bryant put on so much of a show that he did.

In fact his play was so impressive that he caught the attention of his coaches and teammates.

"He turned everyone's head," said Richt of Bryant's catching exhibition on Thursday. "After talking with him and his family we are going to move him to wide receiver. He is excited about the opportunity. People can see that he is a special talent. He is exclusively a wide receiver."

But Bryant admitted to the press on Saturday that he had not caught a ball since one of his games in 9th grade. In fact some of his former Peach County teammates were there to see him at his first full practice at receiver; it's just that they did not believe him when they told him about the move.

"I don't think they knew that I was going to play receiver until I showed them my gloves," Bryant said.

Team comes first for this rookie: "I just want to play. If they need me to play (wide receiver) I will."


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