Seven days remain until Georgia kicks off its season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 1. In the days counting down to the opener, DawgNation will profile, with our “Around the Hedges in 80 Days” series, a Bulldogs player we expect to make an impact. We will review each player’s career thus far and project his long-term potential as we progress through our alphabetical list, from center David Andrews to receiver Rantavious Wooten.
7. Blake Tibbs
Freshman, Wide receiver
6-foot-2, 175 pounds
Fall forecast: Since he plays a position that enjoys a reasonable amount of depth, Georgia’s coaches might take their time in deciding whether to use Tibbs as a true freshman. The Bulldogs’ receiving corps was hit by injuries last season, causing them to call on true freshman Chris Conley several weeks into the season when he might otherwise have redshirted. Coach Mark Richt said recently that Tibbs is capable of playing this fall, but has not tipped his hand as to whether the freshman will see the field immediately.
Possible career impact: Tibbs possesses a good mix of wide receiver skills and might also figure into the Bulldogs’ plans as a kick returner eventually. He’s the only receiver Georgia signed this year and one of only three still on the roster between the last two signing classes. With that in mind, Georgia appears ready to bring in a large group of receivers in 2013, which will create extra competition for future playing time. But we expect Tibbs to emerge as a productive performer once he becomes a regular, even if there will be a big group of receivers vying for playing time.