Richt: Dawgs' receivers were "awesome"

ATHENS – Georgia coach Mark Richt doesn't have a lot to be happy about this week professionally, so forgive him if he gushes about his wide receivers.

"That was awesome," Richt said of the performance of Mohammed Massaquoi and A.J. Bryant in a 51-33 loss to Tennessee. "That was fun. You saw the results. We moved the ball; we made third down conversions; we scored touchdowns. It was fantastic."

With the No. 16 Bulldogs' wide receivers falling further and further out of favor, Massaquoi and Bryant responded with faultless efforts against the Volunteers. Massaquoi, who had just five catches for 70 yards entering the game, caught three passes for 56 yards against Tennessee, and two of those were spectacular.

"We've been scrutinized the whole season because of drops, but I think we got a lot of critics off our back," Massaquoi said. "We came out here and showed what we could do."

Bryant caught two passes for 62 yards and took over Georgia's receiving lead from tight end Martrez Milner. Bryant now has 10 catches for 147 yards this year.

"It's kind of hard to look past the game right now, but we should because it's over with," said the Peach County native, who secured a career-long 46-yard reception by making a highlight reel catch in the first half. "It feels good to finally make some plays. We worked real hard in practice and to finally make some plays is a big relief."

Demiko Goodman and Kenneth Harris also caught a pass each in what was the first drop-free game by the Bulldog wideouts.

Massaqoui is hopeful that what he and Bryant showed Saturday will add a more vertical dimension to Georgia's offense.

"I think we took that out early in the season, and I think we brought it back (against Tennessee)," he said. "We just have to take this and build on it."

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