May 15, 2009

Freshman Brown says he'll be ready

Incoming freshman Marlon Brown says he's ready.

Georgia coaches certainly hope so. News that Kris Durham will miss the year following shoulder surgery and that Tony Wilson has been medically disqualified has suddenly put the onus on newcomers like Brown and Rantavious Wooten to step in and immediately bolster Georgia's receiving corps.

Although it's never a guarantee that freshmen will be able to make a quick impact (A.J. Green was certainly an obvious exception), that's just what Brown intends to do.

"I'm ready to go my part, learn the playbook and be ready to go," Brown said in a telephone interview with UGASports Friday morning.

It will certainly benefit the Bulldogs if he can.

With Durham out and Wilson no longer part of the team, Georgia will enter preseason camp with just six scholarship receivers, seven if you also count Brown's classmate Branden Smith, who coaches have told will also see time on offense in addition to his duties in the Bulldog secondary.

While depth does not appear to be an issue with the receivers as of today, it is a situation where if any more injuries occur, it could create some interesting scenarios for head coach Mark Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.

"I mean, its football," Brown said. "In football, you have injuries. Sometimes they're bad injuries. You just have to find ways to push through."

Brown said he's been hard at work studying some basic plays provided to him by receivers coach Tony Ball, and expects to at least have those down pat when he reports to Athens with the rest of the freshmen in June.

Speaking of which, Brown he's just waiting to finalize the Clearinghouse process before he's able to officially enroll in UGA. He said there won't be any problems.

"I expect to hear something real soon," he said. "I understand it's almost done."

That's certainly a relief to Bulldog coaches, who no doubt can't wait to get the 6-foot-5, 200-pounder into town to start seeing just how quickly he can pick up the Bulldogs' offensive scheme.

Brown certainly proved he had what it took to become a dominant high school player as the top-ranked player in the state of Tennessee according to Rivals.com.

Last year, the former Harding Academy star totaled 1,785 all-purpose yards with 19 touchdowns, including 338 yards and four touchdowns in the state championship game.

While Brown can't predict what kind of success he'll initially have at Georgia, he said he'll be prepared.

"Right now I'm just taking things day by day," he said. "Besides studying the playbook, I'm working out, jus trying to get ready." Brown said he also stays in touch with Ball, who has given him just one piece of advice.

"Coach Ball has told me to just call him if I have any questions," Brown said. "We haven't talked about playing time or anything like that. But he did say if I come in and work hard, I'd play. That's just what I'm going to try to do."

Brown, who attended G-Day last month, does keep regular contact with many of his future teammates, including Wooten, Orson Charles and Aaron Murray.

He's also spoken frequently with senior wideout Mike Moore, who has been passing on advice from an upper-classmen's perspective.

"He's told me for the most part that the off-season has gone pretty good, and to be ready to get to work when I get there," Brown said. "He says just be ready to go."

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