ATHENS, Ga. — The one remaining question about the Georgia football offense just got answered.
The Bulldogs athletic department announced Friday afternoon that lightning quick Cal transfer Demetris Robertson has been granted a waiver for immediate eligibility.
The Georgia football receiving corps is now arguably among the most explosive in the nation.
The Bulldogs’ quarterback situation certainly already ranks among the best in the nation with experienced and accomplished Jake Fromm along with gifted freshman Justin Fields.
The offensive is massive and proven, with four returning starters, and the stable of tailbacks is filled with enough talent and versatility that the relative lack of experience is easily overlooked.
Georgia even has two proven tight ends at its disposable, ready to lead block or provide matchup problems in coverage.
The receiving corps, however, has lacked the sort of sizzle one might look for in a national title contender.
Indeed, the Georgia receiver corps was ranked as the fifth-best in the SEC by Athlon Sports in the preseason.
SEC WR corps rankings, before addition of UGA WR Demetris Robertson
• 1. Ole Miss
• 4. South Carolina
• 5. Alabama
• 12. Missouri
• 13. Georgia
• 14. Auburn
• 21. Florida
The addition of Robertson looks to be a game changer.
The speed and route-running ability Robertson possesses was obvious at last Saturday’s open practice as he beat defensive backs out of breaks and blew by them on deep routes.
Robertson has been working with the starting Georgia receiving rotation this week.
Both Fromm and Fields have the sort of arm strength and accuracy to make good use of a deep threat like Robertson.
It was the first indication that coach Kirby Smart had a good idea the former 5-star prospect from Savannah Christian Prep would be granted eligibility.
Smart’s relationship with Robertson goes way back, and his decision to come back to Georgia provided more evidence of how well the Bulldogs’ head coach builds relationships.
Bulldogs offensive coordinator Jim Chaney noted last week it’s a veteran receiving corps, even if the group doesn’t get much credit.
“The receiving core in general is older, they’ve played a lot,” Chaney said last Saturday. “We have Riley (Ridley), Mecole (Hardman), and Terry (Godwin) who have played a lot.”
Godwin is the team’s leading returning receiver. He had 38 catches for 639 yards and 6touchdowns last season.
A rising senior who is being counted on to lead, Godwin has been limited with a knee injury that Smart has described as “minor.”
Robertson had 57 catches for 837 yards and seven touchdowns during his two seasons with Cal, but last year he was limited by a lower-body injury.
Robertson has appeared to be full-speed since the start of fall camp.
“I’m excited about Demetris, I think he’s a really competitive kid that I’ve known since his ninth grade year, I recruited him a long time,” Smart said at SEC Media Days last month in Atlanta.
“I really believe when you recruit a kid, especially the time I spent (coaching) at Alabama, going to Savannah, getting to know him in the ninth and 10th grade, those things pay off, treating people the right way and having a good relationship with them.”
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