Verdict is still out on Dogs' receivers

ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia receivers coach John Eason isn't quite ready to declare this year's Bulldogs' dynamic duo at the position the best he's had at Georgia quite yet.

Freshman A.J. Green and senior Mohamed Massaquoi rank first and third in the Southeastern Conference in receiving yards and fourth and fifth in receptions.

"They've got a couple of more games to go," Eason said. "The jury is still out right now."

Eason still isn't ready to declare Green and Massaquoi better than Reggie Brown and Fred Gibson , starters together in 2003 and 2004.

"Right now, they are rivaling that group," Eason said. "I'll decide after the bowl game."

Eason's receivers have combined for 145 catches this season for the top passing offense in the SEC, led by Green with 46 catches for 806 yards and six touchdowns and Massaquoi with 41 catches for 669 yards and five TDs.

"It's always a sense of pride when the guys that you recruit, you coach and you see them playing well," Eason said. "If they don't play well, obviously you get the brunt of it and if they play well, then they're doing a great job."

Eason has felt the brunt for dropped passes by his players in past seasons, but this year his wideouts are making plays.

"You know coach Eason's definitely having fun now," junior receiver Michael Moore said. "He's definitely more upbeat now. He's able to joke with us out on the field when we're able to make plays. He makes our life easier and we make his life easier."

FOR STARTERS: Redshirt sophomore Josh Davis probably will start ahead of Kiante Tripp at offensive right tackle, but both should play, Georgia coach Mark Richt said. The two were competing this week to fill in for Justin Anderson , who is out with a foot injury.

"Josh can play," Richt said. "Josh knows what to do. Josh has been kind of a putty man for us. He's been playing guard. He's probably played each guard and each tackle. I know he practiced at every position but center. He knows what to do. His technique is getting better."

The one downside for Davis is he still needs to get stronger, Richt said.

THIS AND THAT: Georgia will wrap up a four-week stretch of four consecutive games on the road.

"One more time in the stadium, one more time cranking up the noise," Richt said before practice. "It's been a little bit of a Groundhog's Day here the last four weeks in terms of the preparation mode. We'll change the music to something Auburn."

Reach Marc Weiszer at marc.weiszer@onlineathens.com.

SATURDAY'S GAMES

- Duke at Clemson, noon (WRDW-My12)

- Georgia at Auburn, 12:30 p.m. (Fox-Ch. 54)

- Georgia Southern at Furman, 3 p.m. (SportSouth)

- South Carolina at Florida 3:30 p.m. (CBS-Ch. 12)

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