April 8, 2008

Spring Recap: Wide Receivers

All throughout spring practice, when quarterback Matthew Stafford was asked about which wide receiver was making the biggest impression, he always mentioned junior
Mike Moore.

Saturday, the junior showed what all the fuss was about.

Moore caught three passes for 53 yards and two touchdowns, showing coaches and the approximately 25,000 or so fans in attendance that he indeed has the ability to be a quality deep threat following the graduation of
Sean Bailey and Mikey Henderson.

"I told you he was pretty good," Stafford said. "But he's been making catches all during the spring. He didn't surprise me at all."

Moore's first touchdown catch was a vision of beauty as the Fort Lauderdale native streaked straight down the left side of the field before catching the 30-yard pass from Stafford in full stride as he crossed into the end zone.

His second scoring catch - a 12-yard crossing pattern - from backup Logan Gray helped cap the scoring for the Red Team, which defeated the Black Team, 17-3.

"We (the receivers) just wanted to show that we could make plays and catch the ball," Moore said. "As a team, we wanted to show that we are as talented as we believe we are."

Moore, with only five catches for 64 yards in his first two seasons with the Bulldogs, wasn't the only young wideout who made a good impression to coaches, still searching for that consistent deep threat, a role which Bailey and Henderson both provided last fall.

Redshirt freshman
Israel Troupe snagged two passes for 39 yards, with backup tight end Aron White grabbing one pass for a 19-yard gain, while junior
Kris Durham pulled in a short pass from Stafford and turned it into a 31-yard pickup on the game's first play.

Moore, along with the rest of
[tm]Georgia[/tm]'s young receivers received a long look Saturday after starter Mohamed Massaquoi who sat out the G-Day game with a strained muscle in his neck.

Massaquoi and Durham were tagged as the starters at the two wide receiver spots by head coach
Mark Richt, although Kenneth Harris (ankle) made great strides in workouts and caught one pass Saturday for eight yards after originally being listed as doubtful for the contest.

One player that fans hoped to see was true freshman
Tavarres King. However the Mt. Airy native told UGASports in an exclusive interview after the game that he contacted a staph infection, but said that team doctors have the situation under control.

A healthy King could well play a key role for the Bulldogs in the fall, along with incoming freshman
A.J. Green, the country's second-ranked receiver last year according to Rivals.com.

The Bulldogs will also welcome back
Tony Wilson, who missed most of the spring with a broken ankle, along with senior
Walter Hill and senior speedster Demiko Goodman, who if he can stay healthy, could easily be that coveted deep threat to vertically stretch the field.

"We feel fine about all our receivers," Stafford said. "We'll be getting back together over the summer, we'll work hard, and come pre-season will be ready to go."



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