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Kirby Smart and Georgia football need to find improved pass catchers heading into 2019.

ESPN identifies Georgia’s biggest position battle heading into spring practice

If there’s one question mark with regards to the Georgia football offense heading into spring practice, it comes in the form of its pass catchers.

Georgia brings back one of the best offensive lines in the country, quarterback Jake Fromm and star running back D’Andre Swift. But Georgia must replace four of its top five pass catchers from last season.

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Other than wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman — who caught 24 passes for 418 yards and 5 touchdowns — there isn’t a proven wide receiver on the team. And while Charlie Woerner will take on a big role in James Coley’s offense, he’s the only tight end with a catch in a Georgia uniform.

ESPN’s Alex Scaborough further elaborated on those concerns  as Georgia heads into its spring practice —which still doesn’t have an official start date yet.

“It was bad enough that the always reliable Terry Godwin was graduating,” Scarborough wrote. “Then the NFL draft deadline arrived and claimed Jake Fromm’s top three targets: wideouts Riley Ridley and Mecole Hardman; and tight end Isaac Nauta That leaves running back D’Andre Swift and receivers Jeremiah Holloman and Charlie Woerner as the only returning players with double-digit receptions last season. The good news is a pair of graduate transfers are on the way: former Tennessee tight end Eli Wolf and former Miami receiver Lawrence Cager, who led the Hurricanes with six touchdown catches last season.”

While Scarborough mentions the additions of Cager and Wolf, the Bulldogs also bring in some talented recruits at the position as well. Georgia landed 5-star wide receiver George Pickens and 4-star Dominick Blaylock. Pickens is the No. 4 wide receiver in the 2019 recruiting cycle per the 247Sports Composite ratings, with Blaylock coming in at no. 5. The last time Georgia brought in a top-5 wide receiver was in 2009.

Georgia will also deploy 4-star athlete Makiya Tongue at wide receiver. And if you have any questions about his credentials, check out the catch the 6-foot-2 product from Baton Rouge, La., made in the state title game.

Tongue, Blaylock and Pickens will all be arriving over the summer, as none of them enrolled early at Georgia.

In addition to that trio, Georgia also brings back wide receivers  Demetris Robertson, Tyler Simmons, Tommy Bush and Matt Landers as well. At tight end, Georgia brought in 4-star Ryland Goede and 3-star Brett Seither in addition to Wolf. John FitzPatrick redshirted this past year, but will also be a factor at the position.

The Bulldogs clearly have a number of options at wide receiver and tight end heading into spring practice. It will just be a question of which ones step up and produce ahead of Georgia’s G-Day scrimmage. The spring practice wrap-up, which will be held at Sanford Stadium, is set for a 2 p.m. kickoff on April 20. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

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