Published November 14, 2011 - 11:01am
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Coming into 2011, we knew Georgia was going to be stable at quarterback with Aaron Murray, but we weren’t sure just who would step up and catch Murray’s passes with AJ Green now in the NFL.
Most figured, including myself, that tight end Orson Charles would be the focal point in the passing game, because he has a ton of upside and athleticism, and Tavarres King would likely be the top receiver; however, there were questions there that needed to be answered.
Luckily for Georgia, two freshmen have stepped up in a big, big way for the Bulldogs on the receiving end of Murray’s passes. They are two difference-makers in the passing game who give Georgia the edge against their opponents.
Mr. Steady himself is Michael Bennett. Bennett is 6-3, 210lbs, and he catches everything thrown his way. Bennett had a monster catch against Florida going up and beating Florida’s defensive back, but his catch against Auburn this past week further showed his athleticism and great hands.
BENNETT 27-YARD TOUCHDOWN CATCH A THING OF BEAUTY:
Bennett is only a freshman, and he will improve and get bigger and stronger throughout his career. Bennett has 28 catches for 287 yards and four touchdowns this season.
Another dynamic true freshman is Malcolm Mitchell. Mitchell has been absent the last couple of weeks for the Bulldogs, but he returned Saturday against Auburn and made his presence known. Georgia fans and Mark Richt are licking their chops to have a full season of Malcolm Mitchell in this offense.
Malcolm Mitchell is the deep threat this offense was missing heading into this season.
MITCHELL 44-YARD RECEPTION:
LITTLE HITCH AND RUN AFTER THE CATCH AND A TD FOR MITCHELL:
Mitchell has caught 28 passes for 523 yards and four touchdowns. His speed is unmatched on the perimeter with the SEC’s fastest defensive backs.
The kid is a complete stud! SEC defenses – have fun trying to game plan against Mitchell in the future.