Scott-Wesley is speeding things up

December, 27, 2011
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Freshman wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley hasn’t gotten on the field for Georgia yet, but the talented wideout still wants to help the Bulldogs score. So at the conclusion of his redshirt football season, Scott-Wesley plans to what he does best: run.

“I talked to Coach [Mark] Richt and I talked to the track coaches and I am supposed to start training with the track team after the bowl game,” Scott-Wesley recently told DawgNation.

A little more than 18 months ago, Scott-Wesley shattered the Georgia Olympics 100m dash record with a blistering time of 10.35 seconds. He also won the state championship in the 200m dash and then, on the same day, committed to Georgia. He led his Mitchell County High School track team in scoring points and now he wants to try to help out in college.

“I was going to do a little bit of indoor but mostly outdoor – the 60m, the 100m and the 4 x 100m,” Scott-Wesley said. “I also want to try out for the 200m.”

At high school track meets, the 6-foot-1 Scott-Wesley towered over his competition and his arms and thick torso struck a contrast to the slimmer, shorter sprinters on either side of him. Joining the Bulldogs’ training regimen would only enhance that difference.

“I gained about 15 pounds since I got up here,” Scott-Wesley said. “If I ran today I would probably run around a 10.6 or 10.5. To be competitive I need to run a 10.3 or 10.2. Some of the slower guys in the SEC will run a 10.3.”

That is not to say that football training will have precluded him from being successful on the track, as Scott-Wesley has already lost the weight he added.

“I have lost a little bit of weight and I am continuing to lose weight,” Scott-Wesley said. “Right now I am about 215 or 213. I had been up at 230.”

Scott-Wesley says his future is on the gridiron and not the track, albeit his greatest accomplishments so far have come from sprinting. He doesn’t begrudge the coaches for his redshirt season. In fact, he has embraced it.

“It was not too hard because coming in I had a lot to learn,” Scott-Wesley said. “Coming from a small school, a small town, I just spent a lot of time listening to the coaches and the older guys. I now run better routes, understand the nuances -- I am just a better receiver now.”

A very fast, better receiver.

Radi Nabulsi | email

Reporter, DawgNation

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