Georgia Bulldogs WR Jonathon Rumph likely out vs. South Carolina


The Georgia Bulldogs’ wide receiver corps just took another hit, as it is being reported by the Macon Telegraph’s Seth Emerson that wide receiver Jonathon Rumph is likely to be ruled out in this week’s conference opener against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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Georgia was already shorthanded at receiver, with both starters Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley being all but scratched from the lineup by head coach Mark Richt. The loss of Rumph, although second on the depth chart behind Michael Bennett, is another blow the Bulldogs can ill-afford.

This means that redshirt sophomore Kenneth Towns and sophomore Blake Tibbs could be called upon if needed against South Carolina.

Georgia’s passing game could be one of the keys to beating the Gamecocks, as in the first two games they have shown a weakness in coverage and the ability to generate a pass rush. Having three receivers riding the pine isn’t what the Dawgs were hoping for.

You never like to lose an option at any position, but the loss of another receiver can probably be compensated for by the Bulldogs.

Quarterback Hutson Mason still has plenty of weapons to whom he can throw the ball, including tight ends Jay Rome and Quayvon Hicks, as well as the group of talented tailbacks coming out of the backfield.

The game plan will probably look very similar to that which was employed against Clemson, being a heavy dose of Georgia running backs, in particular Todd Gurley, a short to medium range passing game, and special teams play that keeps the field position in Georgia’s favor.