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Friday, July 17, 2009

What Can Brown Do for Georgia?

With just two weeks to go until fall practice begins, Georgia's new freshmen phenom – wide receiver Marlon Brown -- has already had a chance to impress his teammates during summer workouts, but senior Michael Moore said the comparisons to last year's standout receiver are a bit premature.

"It's really not fair to compare anybody to A.J. Green right now because he's one of the best in the country," Moore said. "Could (Brown) have an impact like that? Yeah, it's possible. But he needs to come in, work hard and prove it during the season."

Cornerback Brandon Boykin said he has seen a good bit of Brown this summer, and admits that the freshman looked a little nervous early on.

During a drill earlier this week, however, Brown made a circus catch on a hitch-and-go route that Boykin said underscored how much progress than freshman has already made.

"He's coming along," Boykin said. "I see Mike Moore taking him under his wing. I think he was a little nervous coming in the first day trying to run routes and stuff but he's improving, I definitely see him improving."

That will be a necessity for the Bulldogs, who only have two proven receivers on the roster. Beyond Moore and Greene, Georgia will be counting on contributions from three freshmen receivers this season.

That might be a lot to ask, but each -- Brown, Rantavious Wooten and Orson Charles -- brings plenty of talent to the table.

"Really from all three of them – Marlon, Orson and Wooten – I really feel like all three of them can make plays," Moore said. "Marlon, he's a huge body, and if you throw it up, he can go get it. Wooten, he's a fast, quick guy, and if you get him the ball in space, he can make something happen. And Orson, he's just a hard worker, a nitty-gritty guy who's a big body in the slot but also can run."

The key will be how quickly the trio -- Brown, in particular -- can turn the talent into production. The transition began when the players arrived on campus last month, and if their progress continues at such a dramatic pace, injured wide receiver Kris Durham said he wouldn't be surprised to see all three have a significant impact on the Bulldogs' offense.

"They're good, and they're definitely going to help us out this year and contribute," Durham said. "Both of them have learned the majority of what's going to be installed in fall camp, and I can't wait to see what they're going to do when we get pads on."

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