Johnson not a Dawg - now Dawgs must deal with him

ATHENS – Georgia might have been in the running for the state's best wide receiver last year, but they didn't get him.

Now the Bulldogs will have to deal with Georgia Tech freshman Calvin Johnson. And how they must deal – Johnson is Tech's leading wide receiver and he has made teams like Clemson pay as season long. The game against the Tigers was a great example of Johnson's ability. They had a game earlier this season won until Reggie ball and Johnson teamed up for their third touchdown of the day. Tech won 28-24.

"Calvin Johnson is just a big, raw freshman and he¹s getting better and better, and creates a match-up problem for a lot of people. He has good strength, agility and size, and can win a lot of jump ball situations," said Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt.

Richt went on to say the Bulldogs were never in the lead to sign Johnson over Georgia Tech. That won't matter at all when Johnson, who is putting up numbers similar to Georgia's Reggie Brown, arrives to take on the Dawgs in Sanford Stadium.

Since arriving in Atlanta, Johnson has gone to the top of the ACC individual receiving ranks. He is the league's second leading receiver in yards per game (78 ypg), third in receptions per game (4.1 rpg), and second in scoring receptions (6 total).

Last week against Connecticut Johnson destroyed the Huskies with a 131-yard receiving performance. He was named the ACC's Rookie of the Week for the third time this year.

"I think he did well for himself going to Tech," said former Sandy Creek teammate and current Georgia defensive tackle Kedric Golston. Golston said he did not know Johnson very well, but that he was explosive for Sandy Creek.

"He is a great receiver. We don't have a corner that is that tall, so we are going to have to be physical. He is a big target for them, and all we can do it be physical with him," said Georgia cornerback Demario Minter.

Compounding matters for the Bulldogs is their defense's struggles lately, at least by their standards. Auburn beat the Bulldogs up in their last game, and a week before that Kentucky's Rafael Little had 106 yards receiving against Georgia.

The Bulldogs' latest challenge will be slowing down Johnson, who appears to be the next great wide receiver in college football, for at least the next two years.


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