Inexperienced WRs back at it against USC

ATHENS — Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley will make a deal with wide receivers right now.

"If they have to drop five to catch five touchdown passes, that's fine with me," D.J. Shockley said.

The No. 9 Bulldogs' pass catchers were a source of concern in the preseason, and, on one hand, they validated every bit of that worry by dropping five passes that all would have been big gainers. On the other hand, there were those five touchdown catches Shockley is talking about and the fact that eight different wide receivers or tight ends caught at least one pass.

"We feel better about it today than we did going into the game," Coach Mark Richt said. "We still have to see how they do with tighter coverage. Boise State played mostly soft coverage, not much press at all so no one had to worry about getting off a jam or redirecting or that kind of thing. We'll see how they handle a little more pressure."

Richt expects to give freshmen Mohamed Massaquoi and Kenneth Harris more chances this week than they had last, but, no matter how well the receivers play, don't expect to see many four-wide receiver sets this season from the Bulldogs.

The reason? Tight ends Leonard Pope and Martrez Milner will always be among the four-best receivers on the field.

"We ran a lot of four wides at Florida State, but we didn't have the tight ends we have at Georgia," Richt said.

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