The Georgia Bulldogs will bring back every offensive starter in 2013, making them a fashionable pick to take a run at that elusive SEC title (and the BCS title game appearance that seems to come with it). But head coach Mark Richt knows that he won’t be able to get by with just his starting eleven next season. He’s looking for that next guy in who can give the Bulldogs a spark and he feels that player could be wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley.
JSW appeared in nine games as a freshman in 2012 and recorded just six catches but he turned them into 135 yards and a touchdown. He made the most of every touch, averaging over 22.5 yards per reception in limited action. A strong showing during the spring, however, could have him moving up the depth chart after catching Richt’s eye heading into the summer.
The Georgia head coach spoke to reporters at the annual Peach State Pigskin Preview and outlined the goals that he has for Scott-Wesley in 2013:
“I think it’s a good time for him to break out and be a playmaker for us. He’s got speed, he’s got good hands, he’s tough and he knows what to do.
“It’s time to do it.”
Richt believes in JSW because of the work that the sophomore put in over the offseason. He has dropped his weight down to 205 pounds (from 217 in 2012), making him faster, more agile and a better route-runner during spring practice. The young wideout improved day after day, giving himself a nice push heading towards fall camp. Can he capitalize on that buzz and turn it into significant playing time in 2013?