Brown and Wooten Will Play vs. Cocks
Rantavious Wooten

Posted Sep 8, 2009

ATHENS – Waiting on the sidelines throughout Georgia’s opener against Oklahoma State, freshman receiver Marlon Brown was as surprised as anyone that his number was never called by coaches to spring onto the field and line up with the offense

As it turned out, he said the oversight caught his position coach, Tony Ball, by surprise, too.

“He said the game was moving so fast and he was trying to find out what plays worked and what didn’t work, and he said he just forgot, it slipped his mind,” Brown said.

Neither Brown nor fellow freshman receiver Rantavious Wooten saw action in the 24-10 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday, and only three wideouts caught passes in the game.

Head coach Mark Richt said the close score throughout much of the game created some reservations about putting the inexperienced freshmen on the field at crucial moments, but admitted there was little choice but to make sure Wooten and Brown saw action this week against South Carolina.

“We cannot go the season with just four receivers, there’s no way,” Richt said. “We’ve got to play them, and I told those guys when you practice, you need to be sharp. The sharper you are in practice, that breeds confidence in your coaches to get your opportunities.”

Without Brown and Wooten, Georgia’s top three receivers – A.J. Green, Tavarres King and Michael Moore – all saw a significant workload, with Moore saying he played on about 55 of Georgia’s 60 offensive snaps.

The lack of diversity caught Green by surprise as well, particularly since he said the freshmen appeared ready for playing time. Regardless, Green said both Wooten and Brown should get an opportunity to make plays as soon as possible.

“It’s very important to get a lot of young guys to get them acclimated to the game and get them some touches to get them comfortable with the offense and show them that they can make plays, too,” Green said.

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