What Bryan McClendon’s departure means for the present and future of Georgia’s wide receiver position

head coach Kirby Smart passes the Capital One Orange Bowl sign during his walk around the field before the game between Georgia and Florida State in the Orange Bowl at the Hard Rock.
Stadium, Saturday, December 30, 2023, Miami Gardens, Florida.

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ATHENS On paper, the Georgia wide receiver position is pretty easy to eliminate right now.
Hardman just scored the game-winning touchdown in the Super Bowl. Chris Conley made several notable plays for the 49ers in the Super Bowl.

Ladd McConkey projects as a first-round pick despite an injury last season at Georgia. Mel Kiper Jr. has Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint selected in the upcoming NFL Draft in Georgia.

Hardman scored the game-winning touchdown as the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl.

But for all this success, Georgia has relied more on the pass rusher than the wide receiver the last two seasons. .
wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon is leaving the program after two years to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
move comes at a perfect time for the area. Despite signing the No. 1 recruiting class in the 2024 recruiting cycle, Georgia only signed two wide receivers in Nitro Tuggle and Sacovie White.

By comparison, Georgia added three wide receivers via the transfer portal. And only London Humphreys has many years left.
think we should build all the high school halls, but I think in the last two or three years we’ve been able to go into the lobby and get the public spaces. Georgia coach Kirby Smart said on National Signing Day. . “I think that’s important. I think you can playcollege football all over the world. I think people have tried that. George [Pickens] tried it, AD tried it, Jermaine [Burton] tried it. They all showed they could come out and play like freshmen. Dillon Bell tried. But it’s good to have SEC experience from the two guys we got last year.

“You know, we need to be deeper on the offensive end. “It’s weak for us to have enough people around Carson to make weapons.
the 12 scholarship players on Georgia’s roster, five are seniors. The most likely player in the room is draft-eligible junior Dillon Bell And that’s before considering that Georgia could lose players to the transfer window. The Bulldogs released two wide receivers in the final rotation..

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