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Richt on playing true freshman speedster, former Mitchell County star Scott-Wesley: It's possible

Justin Scott-Wesley

Justin Scott-Wesley

ATHENS -- It may not be a wise idea to tinker with anything related to the resurgent Georgia offense, which was somewhat flat in its first two games of the season -- losses to Boise State and South Carolina -- but has come on late, leading the Bulldogs to three straight wins and a tie for first in the SEC East.

Unless, of course, that tinkering has to do with Georgia adding one of the fastest players in the nation into the mix.

Justin Scott-Wesley, the former Mitchell County football and track star -- who won four state track titles in three years with the Eagles, breaking one state record along the way -- could soon be thrown into the Bulldogs' offensive game plan, Georgia coach Mark Richt said this week.

Richt was asked Tuesday during his weekly press conference about the possibility of burning Scott-Wesley's planned redshirt year if it meant he could help the Bulldogs' offense.

"We had thought about him. Justin Scott-Wesley is a very talented guy. We did not necessarily want to put (backup) Chris Conley in there. I don't know, but if (Rantavious) Wooten never got hurt and Marlon (Brown) never got hurt, Chris may be getting redshirted right now," Richt said of Scott-Wesley, The Herald's 2010 Player of the Year for Track & Field. "In order to do what we wanted to do we had to put the next guy in that we felt was most ready. Justin is going to be a really good receiver. We are very excited about him. I might have made this comparison, but he's a lot like where Michael Bennett was last year. A guy who is very talented and could play but you wonder if he would get enough opportunities if we took him off his redshirt."

Scott-Wesley's speed -- which he used to win the 200M as a sophomore, the 100 and 200 as a junior (with the fifth-fastest time in the nation) and then repeat as 100-meter champ as a senior -- could only add to the Bulldogs' offense, Richt said.

"I wouldn't be surprised if a year from now to see him do the kind of things Michael Bennett is doing today," Richt added.