Dawgs Down to Five WRs?

ATHENS - Georgia had only six scholarship receivers in 2008 - will they be down to five for the Tennessee game?

Georgia's already thin wide receiver corps took another big hit this week. Head coach Mark Richt said freshman receiver Tavarres King was "very unlikely" to make the trip to Tennessee for Saturday's game after suffering a concussion last week against LSU.

That leaves Georgia with just five healthy scholarship receivers, but only two – A.J. Green and Michael Moore – have any significant playing time this season.

"All hands will be on deck, I can say that," Richt said.

Tight end Orson Charles and cornerback Branden Smith have both been used in wide receiver roles at various times this season, but the injury to King likely means more playing time for sophomore Israel Troupe and freshmen Rantavious Wooten and Marlon Brown.

One of the country's most highly recruited receivers last year, Brown has seen just a handful of snaps so far this season and has not caught a pass, but Richt said he has continued to make progress during practice and could be part of the game plan this week.

"He's one step closer than he was before Tavarres getting hurt," Richt said. "He's not a whole lot different than what was happening with Washaun Ealey. We kept getting him ready and getting him to the point where he could function in a game, and Marlon is rapidly moving in that direction."

Playing time would be particularly rewarding for Brown this week, as the Memphis native would have a chance to play in front of his homestate fans against a program that was in hot pursuit of him during the recruiting process.

That extra bit of pressure doesn't worry offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, however.

"He's an even-keeled kid who works hard," Bobo said. "I think he's got the right attitude and he'll be successful if he keeps that attitude."

King has 10 catches for 170 yards and a touchdown in five games this season. Wooten has two catches, and Brown and Troupe have yet to record a reception in 2009.


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