ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia football junior receiver Riley Ridley is used to handling everything thrown his way, so a couple of tough questions on Friday weren’t going to derail him.
First, the comparison to his bother, former Alabama wideout and Atlanta Falcons first-round pick Calvin Ridley.
“I feel like we are two different receivers,” Riley Ridley said. “I’m more of a physical guy, I like to attack. I feel like my bother is more of a route runner, not to say I don’t run good routes, but I’m more physical and I like to attack.”
From the standpoint of who the more explosive of the two is, Riley Ridley said he couldn’t differentiate.
Georgia football WR Riley Ridley
“We’re both explosive, I wouldn’t say he’s not or I’m not,” Riley Ridley said. “I feel like anywhere on the field, we can be explosive for our team.”
Ridley also showed he could be a leader at Friday’s practice, chiming in to new transfer receiver Demetric Robertson when the newcomer didn’t finish a drill properly.
Ridley also stepped up like a veteran when asked the most controversial question of fall drills, about how Georgia’s two ultra-talented quarterbacks compare.
“It’s very competitive here, and you have Jake (Fromm) and you have (Justin) Fields,” Ridley said. “They have two different playing styles, but I feel at the end of the day, they will compete and we will get the job done.”
Fields has the stronger arm of the two — “just a tick,” Ridley agreed — but he made it clear it makes no difference to him.
“At the end of the day, I have to catch the ball,” Ridley said, “and then I’m trying to get some YAC (yards after the catch).”
With Terry Godwin sidelined indefinitely by a knee injury, Ridley jumps to the front of the line as the primary target at the start of fall camp.
Ridley finished last season on a high note, recording a career-high six catches for 82 yards against Alabama in the College Football Playoff Championship Game.