Turning over a new leaf? George Pickens said to have an 'aura of selflessness'
Georgia’s George Pickens is set for a breakout season alongside a deep pool of wide receivers for the Bulldogs in 2021. As one of the strengths of Kirby Smart’s team this season, Georgia’s top six wide receivers in terms of production from 2020 are set to return this season.
Of course, another key element to the Georgia offense is having Todd Monken back for a second season as offensive coordinator, something Georgia hasn’t had in three years.
But Pickens is the focal point of the receiving corps as he’s coming off a season with nearly identical numbers as Kearis Jackson. They both had 36 catches, while Jackson had 514 receiving yards to Pickens’ 513, with three touchdowns, to Pickens’ six touchdowns.
Wide receivers coach Cortez Hankton told reporters this week what’s changed entering this season with Pickens.
“It’s just one of continued growth and maturity, and he has embraced it,” Hankton said of Pickens’ mental development. “When you look at our entire team and you talk about altruism, I think there’s this aura of selflessness and a positive vibe. It has really continued to grow; it really shines brighter. For (Pickens), he’s embraced that, so I’m looking forward to how he continues to move forward.”
Even after Jackson and Pickens, Georgia has a host of contributors from veterans to up-and-comers. Among them, Demetris Robertson, Arian Smith, Dominick Blaylock and Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint,
“Granted, we’re talented, and you see some flashes of some things. But we have to become more consistent at the position, and there are some things that we have to improve on,” Hankton said. “We can’t be complacent and comfortable just because we have the skill set to perform at a high level. We need to make sure, day-in and day-out, that we compete.”