Next man up for UGA wide receivers
Published 4:01 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2019
It pains me to see Georgia wide receiver J.J. Holloman dismissed from the team after an alleged domestic abuse issue.
However, I’m glad to know that Kirby does not play games when these kinds of situations occur. In the past, other programs have swept these issues under the rug, especially if it occurred with a star player. It certainly doesn’t help Georgia that Holloman is no longer a part of the program, but it certainly indicates the type of program Kirby is trying to run.
So with the Dawgs’ biggest returning wide receiver gone just like that, who will be the next man up?
It all starts with Jake Fromm.
Fromm had an outstanding freshman season, almost immediately thrust into the spotlight and embracing every second of it. He helped take the team to the National Championship game. His sophomore season wasn’t as impressive, but there were still signs of growth.
Now, with new offensive coordinator James Coley and his third year in the system, Fromm will be the go-to leader on the Georgia offense. It’s his job to learn each and every receiver, their speeds and rhythms. He needs to be working with all of them not just during practice, but outside on their own time as well. Fromm has been really good about that in the past, and I expect for him to continue going forward, perhaps even more so than ever before.
Two returning wide receivers, Tyler Simmons and Cal transfer Demetris Robertson, should be locked and loaded and ready to reel in the football by the time fall camp starts. Both are the most experienced wide receivers on the roster and are expected to lead the corps, no doubt. A couple of highly rated freshmen, Dominick Blaylock and George Pickens, are talented, but new. Learning from the older receivers and working closely with Fromm every chance they get will be a major key to their development the remainder of the offseason.
The expectations for Georgia in Kirby’s fourth year as coach are colossal. Many expect an SEC Championship, a College Football Playoffs berth or even a National Championship. With the absurd roster of talent Georgia has collected the past four years, none of those are out of the question. If that doesn’t inspire the wide receiver corps to get into gear, then I don’t know what will.
I trust Kirby, Fromm and each of those ball-catching Dawgs to be ready to rumble by Labor Day Weekend.