Upgrade or Downgrade? Wide Receivers

ATHENS – Upgrade or downgrade? Dean Legge looks at each position at Georgia to see if 2010's Dawgs will be better than those of 2009.

Today: The Receivers

2009 Starters: A.J. Green and Rantavious Wooten (end of season)
2010 Probable Starters: Same – perhaps with Tarvarres King starting some, too
Outcome: Same or a little better (maybe)...

It's hard to be much better than A.J. Green, but the addition of King and Wooten as steady contributors to the lineup will only help the Bulldogs' new quarterback. Green saved Joe Cox and the Bulldogs over and over in 2009 – Mike Bobo and company should find even more ways to use Green in what is sure to be his final season in Athens.

Isreal Troupe came out of nowhere to score a touchdown against Auburn, but one game does not make a career. Marlon Brown should also have a more productive season in 2010 after his freshman season was wasted (which is a shame). Still, Brown has shown in the past what he's capable of, but he needs to translate that to when the band plays. If Wooten could make an impact in 2009 there is no reason Brown shouldn't make one in 2010. Expect a steady performance from a physically-developing King.

Kris Durham returns to the Dawgs after sitting out a season with an injury. For years, Durham's career has seemed ready to jump off just before he gets hit with injury news. If he returns to solid form the Dawgs will have four legit receivers coming into 2010 (I am not counting Troupe or Brown... yet, and I'm not counting the 2010 newcomers. I need more than one game to call someone "legit").

The biggest addition in 2010 was set to be Tennessee signee Da' Rick Rogers. Now, after signing only two recievers - one of which will likely not be on campus this fall, someone is going to have to step up an become a number one receiver if Green gets hurt the way he did at the tail end of 2009. That probably would have been Rogers... oh well.

The Bulldogs are going to need to hope for health. If Green and everyone else stays healthy the Dawgs will have the best receiver rotation in recent memory - maybe ever. But if he, or any other player gets hurt you will see why recruiting for the future is so important. The margins, unfortunately, are razor thin here - and that goes back to recruiting.

Branden Smith, Orson Charles and other hybrid Dawgs need to be given the ball in special circumstances at receiver in the fall. Both of them bring mismatches with either speed or size.

Joe Cox could really throw the deep ball with success - particularly when A.J. Green was on the opposite end of it. I'd throw it to Green early, often and then a few more times after that... and then a few times more. He is the top talent on the team.

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