Georgia needed to replace 6-foot-4 Brock Bowers in its passing game, so 6-foot-5 Colbie Young might be the answer. Young is 25 pounds lighter than the future first-round tight end, but an oversized receiver will work well in Mike Bobo’s offense.
Young caught 47 passes for 563 yards and five touchdowns in his second season at Miami, lining up on the outside for 95.5% of his snaps. He caught 74.6% of his 63 targets with just two drops and was 12 of 18 in contest catch opportunities. His 1.79 yards per route run was 162nd among wide receivers who saw at least 50 targets last season, but an upgrade at quarterback will mean an explosion of production in 2024.
In 2023, Georgia was sixth in the country with 65 passing plays over 20 yards because of McConkey and Bowers. Young won’t provide explosives, he only caught three of his 11 targets of over 20 yards downfield, but he will be a real chain mover for the Bulldogs. Last year, 34.9% of his targets came between zero and nine yards downfield, and he was seven of eight on contested catches in that part of the field with 12 of his 20 catches going for first downs.