Henderson's switch just what he wanted

ATHENS – It's hard to tell if position changes in the middle of a player's college career are a good thing – with Mikey Henderson it was. Henderson got tons of accolades this spring when he burst onto the Bulldogs' receiving scene during practices.

The public got to see what the buzz was all about at this year's G-Day when he caught a 64-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to start the day. After recording only two tackles in his defensive career, Henderson created more buzz about himself on that one play than he did in his previous three years.

Although that play was dramatic Henderson's move to receiver was already considered a done deal. He was a receiver for good.

"I feel comfortable at receiver like I was at defensive back," said Henderson of his switch to receiver. "I like it a lot. I am learning more and more."

For the last three seasons Henderson struggled to see the playing field. He redshirted in 2002, and was hurt most of his redshirt freshman season in 2003. He and fellow gunner Mike Gilliam became the Dawgs' secret special teams' weapons last season, but his non-special teams' playing time was non-existent. That could be dramatically different this season.

"It's hard to tell right now, but hopefully it's going to play out well for me in the end," Henderson said.

Looking back, Henderson made a good decision when he was "goofing around" at receiver in Georgia's off-season workouts. At the time, some didn't see it as so comedic, and after a while Henderson got his wish – a shot at receiver.

With Sean Bailey seemingly out for the rest of the season, and depth a concern for the Dawgs at receiver, Henderson's move might have been more out of necessity for that spot rather than granting Henderson his wish.

Now Henderson must get used to playing opposite the position he's played his entire college career. Some think he's already getting good at it.

"Mikey is the most difficult wide receiver to press on the line," admitted cornerback Paul Oliver said. "He is so quick that he will get around you before you blink, and that's a problem."

Henderson is fast, but he is one of the smallest players on the team, weighing only 165 pounds.

"We moved Mikey Henderson from corner to receiver this spring, and he did a great job. I'm excited about him. I hope that he can make as many plays in the fall as he did in the spring," said head coach Mark Richt of his newest weapon at receiver.


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