Bailey to step up and fill void in 2005

ATHENS – With Fred Gibson and Reggie Brown graduating after years of productive receiving, there is a void at wide receiver for Georgia.

Now Sean Bailey will be the Bulldog Mark Richt and company look to as their go to guy for 2005 and beyond.

"I am excited about next year," said Bailey. "I can't wait until this spring to step up and be in a leadership role, and to get more reps during practice. I want to be able to prove myself more and be able to contribute more to the team."

Bailey started twice in 2004 with his biggest game against Kentucky in November. His two touchdowns that day pushed David Greene past Peyton Manning for most wins in a Division I quarterback. Bailey finished the season with 12 catches for 184 yards and three touchdowns. His longest reception of the season was for 53 yards.

Greene is gone, but Bailey says he's ready to get rolling with D.J. Shockley.

"I've worked with him a lot on the second team," said the former Milton High star. "We've built a lot of things together in that time. We already have the chemistry there – it's real exciting.

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