Dawgs Play a Slew of WRs

ATHENS – Tavarres King wasn't the only freshman to take the field for Georgia's season opener against Georgia Southern on Saturday, but he didn't exactly derive any strength from the numbers.

Walking into Sanford Stadium for the first time with more than 90,000 fans screaming, King had goose bumps and more than a minor case of nerves.

"The first time I went out there, I was shaking," King said. "If you could have zoomed in on my legs, you would have seen them. They were shaking like crazy. But after about two or three snaps, I kind of snapped out of it and started playing ball."

King didn't catch a pass in his first action of the season, but he got his feet wet, and added another capable name to an increasingly deep pool of receivers quarterback Matthew Stafford will be targeting this season.

Six wideouts caught passes Saturday, including King's fellow freshman A.J. Green. Kris Durham had a career day that included a 61-yard touchdown, and seven different Bulldogs were on the receiving end of pass plays longer than 16 yards.

More than just the nifty pass catching, however, head coach Mark Richt was especially impressed with the quality of blocking from the receivers.

"We played a lot of receivers, and one thing that I really liked, I saw some guys … getting after it downfield trying to block," Richt said. "For the most part it was a very good effort trying to make plays, trying to spring those backs on a long run."

Durham, too, was impressed, particularly with his own work. Not that he wanted to brag, but he spent the offseason working tirelessly to put on weight and get more physical on the field. Saturday's results were a perfect reward.

"I could definitely tell," Durham said. "When I tried to block, blocking linebackers was a lot easier. Really the offseason has paid off with the strength and conditioning stuff."

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