August 6, 2012

Scott-Wesley has opportunity

In case you didn't know, Georgia wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley is fast.

It is the first thing you notice when watching the 5-foot-11, 218-pound receiver run routes.

Whether he is stretching the field, or running a curl route, Scott-Wesley gets to where he is going faster than just about anyone on the field, and he is banking on the defenses he plays against in 2012 taking notice.

"I know that getting down field and getting deep is what I am good at, but I don't think it is the only thing I can do," said Scott-Wesley. "I think it is something I can use to my advantage because teams might want to defend it that way, but I've worked hard on running good routes and doing things the right way."

The Mitchell County High School product put those skills on display in the Bulldogs' first practice in full pads on Monday with a couple of acrobatic catches on a couple of stop routes.

You won't see the redshirt freshman patting himself on the back, however, because he knows he still has work to do.

"We have had this day marked on the calendar for awhile, and we are excited about getting back into the swing of things with the pads on," said Scott-Wesley with a smile. "I feel like I had a good day, but I'm going to keep working hard and getting better. That is what I'm focused on."

In 2011, the Georgia wide receivers were one of the most productive groups in the SEC with a combined 159 catches for 2,368 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Scott-Wesley hopes to add to those numbers in 2012, and he believes that Georgia wide receivers coach Tony Ball is the reason for last season's success as well as the current confidence level of his position mates.

"Coach (Tony) Ball, he is a perfectionist. We all know that. He wants it perfect every time," laughed Scott-Wesley. "We feed off of that. We feed off of him. He tells each of us to coach each other up and help each other out. I know I'm just in my second year here, but I already feel like I know much more than I did, and so I feel I can help guys now. The way he coaches us gives us confidence because we always know the right thing to do."

While no other Bulldog pass catcher is more explosive than the Camilla native, he isn't ready to start talking about any lofty expectations for his redshirt freshman season.

He just wants to help his team win.

"I'm not going to get into anything about what I want to do and what I can do," he said. "I'm just focused on being a great teammate and being there for the guys I work with. I just want to do the best I can like I did in the spring. We had a couple of guys get banged up, and I was able to step in and do more. When they call my name, I just want to be ready."

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