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Georgia football expecting a bigger year out of Demetris Robertson
If you’ve been paying attention to the Georgia football Twitter account, you should have noticed a little bit more of wide receiver Demetris Robertson. The former Cal transfer and 5-star wide receiver featured prominently in a number of practice highlights so far this spring.
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) March 30, 2019
And based on the comments made by Georgia head coach Kirby Smart on Tuesday, it doesn’t seem like the Robertson appearances are just a matter of good timing. He appears to be making big strides in spring practice so far.
“He is more comfortable in the system,” Smart said. “He knows the routes better, he knows how to beat a guy now,” Smart said. ” He doesn’t have to think about what to do. He has caught some deep balls. He has played better and has played more physical. He is growing.”
When Robertson arrived last summer, it was with much hype and fan-fare. When he scored a 72-yard touchdown run in the season opener against Austin Peay, the expectations only rose. And then we really didn’t hear from Robertson in a meaningful way for the remainder of the season.
Robertson didn’t finish with a catch last season for the Bulldogs. In his freshman season at Cal, the former 5-star recruit caught 50 passes for 767 yards and 7 touchdowns. Many wondered when Georgia was going to see that version of Robertson again and it just never happened. There are a few reasons why that was the case.
First, Robertson was coming off a lower-body injury that forced him to miss most of his sophomore season at Cal. There was also the fact that it wasn’t known if Robertson was going to be eligible for the 2018 Georgia football season until August, as he awaited his waiver to be approved by the NCAA. The late arrival to the Georgia squad probably stunted his growth, and never really allowed him to develop the necessary comfort in the Georgia system.
There’s also the fact that Georgia had a number of wide receivers already on the depth chart with multiple years of experience with the program. Three of them — Mecole Hardman, Riley Ridley and Terry Godwin — are likely to hear their names called in this month’s NFL draft.
Smart has spoken at length about the need to replace those three wide receivers. And the Georgia football head coach has put the onus of that task on his veteran wide receivers, which includes Robertson.
“I’m not down on receivers don’t get me wrong, but the biggest drop off on our team if you compare it to last year is probably at receiver for obviously reasons. There were three guys at the NFL Combine that aren’t out there,” Smart said. “Demetris Robertson has made some plays. JJ (Holloman) has made some plays. Tyler Simmons has been very consistent.”
Robertson isn’t the only Georgia wide receiver facing hype or expectations of a big season this time year. And while the Bulldogs once again projects to be a dominant rushing team thanks in part to perhaps the best offensive line in the country, Jake Fromm is going to need to throw the ball to someone in 2019. As he’s another year removed from his injury and continues to make plays for in practice, Robertson is shaping up to be a major weapon for the 2019 Georgia passing offense.
The comfort of being at Georgia for a full offseason, coupled with the lack of proven options at wide receiver gives Robertson a big opportunity to not only play in 2019, but possibly shine. If Robertson can continue to make the plays in practice that are showing up on the Georgia football twitter account, than there is a realistic chance that he’ll be trusted to do the same for Georgia football during the 2019 season.
Georgia baseball picks up win over Clemson
Last week, Georgia baseball struggled in their midweek loss against an ACC foe in Georgia Tech. But the Bulldogs didn’t have a repeat performance on Tuesday night when it visited the Clemson Tigers
The No. 4 Bulldogs came away with a 5-3 road win over the No. 23 Clemson Tigers. With the win, Georgia moves to 5-1 against Top 25 teams on the year, and 24-5 on the season.
“It was exciting to get a big win on the road,” Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin said. “Tim Elliott was outstanding, We were hoping he could give us six innings, and he pitched into the eighth and was really sharp. Offensively, we got a productive night from Aaron Schunk, Cam Shepherd had a big two-run double and we manufactured a run in the ninth thanks to Tucker Maxwell.”
Elliott was the starter for the Bulldogs on Tuesday night, and he came away with the win after throwing 7.1 innings and allowing just three hits. Georgia jumped out to an early lead thanks to two-run homer by Schunk. The junior third baseman also serves as the Bulldogs’ closer, and he picked his league-leading 10th save on the season.
“Aaron made some plays in the field too and then the save,” Stricklin said. “I think he’s the best two-way player in the country and has a chance to win the John Olerud Award after being a finalist last year.”
Georgia will visit Kennesaw State on Wednesday. First pitch will be at 6 p.m. Georgia returns home on Friday for a pivotal series against Vanderbilt.
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