Smart sees Godwin as possible ‘game-changer’

ATHENS BANNER-HERALD/FILE Georgia football coach Kirby Smart said wide receiver Terry Godwin (05) has “shown some ability” to be a “mind-blowing game-changer. It would be helpful if he could.”

ATHENS, Ga. — On Tuesday, Kirby Smart heaped praise on Terry Godwin.


The Georgia football coach took it a step further Wednesday morning during an interview with Atlanta’s Front Row on 680 The Fan when asked if there was a game-changer at wide receiver.

“I think as a whole, it’s a great unit,” Smart said. “It’s now one of the more deeper positions on our team, where last year I didn’t feel like it was that way, especially from a special teams standpoint.”

Seven wideouts are starters on special teams, Smart said.

“Is there going to be that open, mind-blowing game-changer, I don’t know,” he said. “Terry has certainly shown some ability to do that. It would be helpful if he could. The young kids are coming along well, Mark Webb, Matt Landers, Trey Blount.”

He said he doesn’t really consider early enrollee J.J. Holloman as a freshman anymore.

“He’s one of the most physical receivers I’ve been around,” Smart said. “It’s been a good group.”

That group includes junior college transfer Ahkil Crumpton, converted defensive back Mecole Hardman, Riley Ridley, Michael Chigbu, Tyler Simmons and Javon Wims, the senior who drew the ire of Smart at Saturday’s scrimmage.

“He didn’t do a backflip, he did a front flip,” Smart said about one account. “I wouldn’t even say that I went ballistic. I really didn’t. It was very simple. It was, ‘Hey, if you choose to be selfish and do selfish things…’ I didn’t need to yell and scream. He realized that he cost the whole team and he paid his punishment for it. He understood. He definitely felt embarrassed after he did his little (internal punishment).”



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