If you paid attention to what was being said about him in the offseason, it shouldn’t be a surprise that freshman Brock Bowers has carved out a role in the Georgia offense early in his college career.
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Not bad for a 6-foot-4, 230-pound freshman.
In practice, Georgia has had to line cornerbacks up against Bowers in coverage due to his speed. That’s why players like Speed and redshirt freshman Kelee Ringo are able to speak so highly of Bowers.
“Just how he is able to move his body against anyone that’s guarding him, whether it’s linebackers or safeties, he’s able to get open,” Ringo said. “Just being really agile and how fast he is with great, strong hands and a wide catch radius – it’s a big thing to his advantage.”
The scariest thing when it comes to Bowers is that he still has room to improve. He’s played in just two college games at this point and he’s only going to continue to add strength to his game as he continues to reap the benefits of a college strength and conditioning program.
One area where that might show up is in regards to Bowers’ blocking ability. Sure, it’s not as sexy as catching touchdown passes, but given the struggles Georgia has had in its ground game, a more seasoned Bowers could help open up more holes.
“Brock is a horse. He’s an explosive blocker,” senior Jamaree Salyer said. “Really good at maintaining angles. He’s a gifted athlete. He showed that last week and I’m sure he’s going to continue showing it in the future.”
Bowers also figures to become a tougher cover as the rest of the Georgia offense gets healthy. The Bulldogs are expected to get wide receivers Kearis Jackson and Dominick Blaylock and tight end Darnell Washington back in the coming weeks.
A more diversified skill group could make things even tougher for opposing defenses, as it might have to pick between the speedy Bowers and the mountainous Washington in terms of coverage.
Bowers’ numbers might dip slightly as others return. But the freshman has already proven he’s going to be a major part of the Georgia offense in 2021, even as quarterback JT Daniels gets a healthier group of skill players.
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