Tight ends aid UGA receivers

Tight ends aid UGA receivers

February 5th, 2010 by David Paschall in Sports - College

ATHENS, Ga. -- The 1-2 receiving punch of A.J. Green and Da'Rick Rogers that Georgia football fans had envisioned all winter disappeared Wednesday when Rogers signed with Tennessee.

Georgia is moving on from that jolt with a likely maximum of seven scholarship receivers this year. Michael Moore was a senior on last season's six-receiver collection, and the Bulldogs added Michael Bennett this week and will welcome Kris Durham back from a shoulder injury that sidelined him a year ago.

"Depth is definitely an issue at receiver," Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "I would say we don't have, at this moment, a good number that I feel comfortable having. During the season, you're probably going to play around six or seven, and that's what we have right now, so everybody's going to get their share."

Aiding Georgia's receiving dearth is the tight end position, which arguably is the most stocked spot with Orson Charles, Aron White, Bruce Figgins and Arthur Lynch. The Bulldogs had no need to add to that mix this week.

"What you're looking for in offensive football is a chance to have some mismatches, whether it be at receiver, tight end or running back," Richt said. "We're blessed with four outstanding tight ends, and I think that takes a little of the burden off the wide receiving corps. That's not to say we won't continue to play three-receiver sets. We're not going to quit doing that by any means."

Boomer Sooner

Former Bulldogs defensive coordinator Willie Martinez is now at a program that has been even more successful than Georgia this past decade. He was hired Wednesday as the secondary coach at Oklahoma.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops said previous visits with Georgia's staff, including one last year in Norman, familiarized him with Martinez. Martinez was a graduate assistant at Miami in 1985 when the Hurricanes won at Oklahoma, which rebounded to win that year's national title.

"I go back to my childhood, and that Oklahoma name was just always the tops," Martinez said. "It still is thanks to what Bob and his staff have done."

Odds and ends

While Georgia has three quarterbacks (Logan Gray, Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger) penciled to vie this spring, Florida is down to two following Urban Meyer's decision to move Jordan Reed to tight end. John Brantley will be backed in Gainesville by early enrollee Trey Burton. ... Georgia will hold its first spring practice March 4 and its second on March 16 after spring break. ... Bulldogs offensive line coach Stacy Searels on tackle signee Brent Benedict, who visited Dr. James Andrews this week: "What we've talked about is getting his mindset ready to play this year. If his leg is ready and he can contribute, then we'll do it. If not, then when he's ready he'll play."