Tavarres King, Marlon Brown and Branden Smith: Your Starting Recievers in 2011

Seth Emerson posted an interview with speedster Branden Smith today

Seth ask Branden if he would mind playing more on offense, or making the switch entirely in 2011.  I think he should, assuming Brandon Boykin returns. 

This season, Branden Smith missed 5 games, and only had one interception.  He is a small guy, 5’11” 175 lbs.  Coach Lakatos likes the bigger sized corners that Willie seemed to avoid recruiting if possible. 

Sanders Cummings proved that he could be the second starter at corner when Smith was out.  Sanders did a fine job, in my opinion, and he was only a sophomore with limited playing experience before that.  If Jordan Love and Derek Owens develop well (and with Lakatos’ history of developing corners with lesser talent at smaller schools, I have no reason to think it is not possible), you could have some serious depth at corner in the next couple of years. 

Branden Smith’s talent’s could be used better elsewhere.

With the imminent departure of A.J. Green lurking, the Georgia offense needs a playmaker who can take it the house everytime he touches the ball.  Now, I think the Georgia offense can be pretty good without A.J. Green in 2011.  Aaron Murray will continue to get better, ergo making everyone around him better.  King, Brown, Charles and hopefully Crowell will still be solid. But sometimes, you need that spark to get things going. 

Branden Smith can offer that spark.  

If a dynamic playmaker is on the field, it keeps the defense honest.  It will only take couple of times of this happening before opposing defenses will start to respect him, and open things up for other people:

The Georgia coaching staff has made some mistakes over the last few years, but recently have seemed to be correcting these mistakes (albiet a little slow or late).  I know he was hurt a large part of the year in 2010.  But only letting Branden Smith touch the ball 8 times on offense this year was a mistake.  Hopefully it will be one that is corrected in 2011.


7 Responses to “Tavarres King, Marlon Brown and Branden Smith: Your Starting Recievers in 2011”

  1. 1 Will F. December 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    He touched the ball 8 times this year and fumbled probably at least 3 times. I don’t think he is the answer.

  2. 3 Corbindawg December 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm


    Actually, Branden Smith had no fumbles when he touched the ball on offense. He has had some back breaking fumbles in the return game, and a lot of those have come while fielding kicks. I say give him some safe plays and let him get out into space.

  3. 4 Cojones December 29, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Why did you diss other receivers by offering a “solution” to your “predicament” of replacements? What about the 4-star receiver who dropped LSU in order to come to UGA? Wooten receives as well as anyone. Don’t make up positive or negative crap about players and positions until you hear it from a coach. Your reasoning is not sound when you don’t compare their potentials like the coaches will who see them every day in practice as well as screening game film.

    This sort of ignorance does harm to players and the team while you are trying to establish yourself as some guru and will begin calling the plays and the players before next season starts. Then you will be on the coaches for not following your stupid “advice”.

    You have written better than this on legitimate subjects. Go back to that—please!

    We are aware how good Branden Smith is, but don’t reject good players who are proven at positions in order to make a point. The coaches will use him where it is NECESSARY, don’t forget that.

    • 5 kensingtondawg December 30, 2010 at 7:41 pm

      You have not watch UGA in 2009 and 2010 if you don’t think Wooten’s sophomore campaign has been a disappointment. While the return of Kris Durham could be to blame for some of that, Dawg fans expected a lot more from Wooten after a promising freshman campaign.

  4. 6 t dawg December 29, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    He needs touches. Would be really cool dinasaurs were still here. I think I would love a dinasaur sandwhich or maybe some dinasaur jerky.

  5. 7 Corbindawg December 29, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I dind’t mean to diss Wooten. I have said many times that our offense will be good in 2011. A reason that Wooten and Brown didn’t get the same opportunities this year is that A.J. and Durham were so good. Bobo did something he didn’t do in 2007-he left the best recievers in the game and didn’t do a constant reshuffle of them (See South Carolina 2007). Brown and Wooten didn’t get as many opportunities in 2010 becuase you had King, Durham and Green.

    Please tell me how I am being ignorant? I obviously don’t see it…I took a question that was asked by a journalist and expounding upon it.

    I think that with the emergence of Sanders Cumming as a viable cornerback, and with the young talent behind Boykin and Cumming, Branden Smith could be used as weapon on the offenseive side of the ball…I gave kudos to Lakatos and Cumming there, so I can’t see how I disrespected anyone.

    I must also note a major criticism of the coaching staff has not been properly utilzing player talent…and I have been accused of being to much of a homer where criticism are concerned. That is a fair point, though. See Carlton Thomas.

    You have a game changing type of player who is not a physical corner like Lakatos wants. Instead of using him as a nickelback, I suggested that we move him to offense to get him more offensive snaps in a way that would open things up more for Wooten, Brown and Orson Chalres.

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