Around the Hedges in 80 Days: J. S-Wesley

Seventeen 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.

17. Justin Scott-Wesley

Redshirt freshman, Wide receiver

5-foot-11, 217 pounds

Fall forecast: Few players generated more buzz during Georgia’s spring practice than Scott-Wesley, who earned raves for his improved route-running and the track speed that could help him become a big-play threat in the Bulldogs’ passing game. Scott-Wesley has a group of more experienced receivers to compete with for playing time, but the redshirt freshman is going to make an impact -- and we expect him to begin doing that sooner rather than later.

Possible career impact: Mark Richt told reporters at SEC Media Days that he believes Scott-Wesley can become a star at Georgia. The question for now is when that might happen, as he has yet to play a live down as a Bulldog. When we say he has track speed, we mean that literally. He was a state champion sprinter in high school and ran on Georgia’s track team during the spring. If Mark Richt’s coaching staff can find ways to get the ball into Scott-Wesley’s hands where he can utilize that speed, he can develop into a major weapon for Georgia’s offense.