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Ladd McConkey Stepping Up Big As Georgia's Leading Wide Receiver

November 14, 2022
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ATHENS - Going into the 2022 season, everyone knew about Georgia’s tight end group. Between Brock Bowers and Darnell Washington, it was no secret that Kirby Smart and Todd Hartley had the best tight end room in the country.

Bryan McClendon and Todd Monken had plenty of receivers too coming into the season, but then they saw their star receiver, sophomore AD Mitchell, go down with an injury in week two against Samford. 

Missing Mitchell obviously hurts, but other Bulldog receivers have been able to step up in a big way this year. With Mitchell being sidelined, red-shirt sophomore Ladd McConkey has taken the reigns as Georgia’s top wide receiver this year.



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What a story that’s been.

A former three-star prospect who was turned away from the Tennessee Volunteers, the North Murray (GA) standout was a late addition to Georgia’s 2020 recruiting class and has quickly made his mark in Athens.

After catching 31 passes for 447 yards and five touchdowns last season, McConkey has been extremely productive again this fall, catching 43 passes for 578 yards and four touchdowns while adding two more scores on the ground.

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As we’ve seen this season, McConkey is more than a receiver. He returns punts on special teams, but as a receiver, McConkey is a true playmaker who can beat defenses in the screen game, as a vertical threat, and on 3rd down. He’s been a go-to weapon for Stetson Bennett this year and we don’t expect that to change as the season moves along.

With the Kent State game behind him, McConkey has been extremely reliable over the last several weeks and is coming off two big performances against Tennessee and Mississippi State.

Against the Volunteers, the North Georgia native caught five passes for 94 yards and one big touchdown. Against Mississippi State this past weekend, McConkey had one of the biggest games of his Bulldog career, catching five passes for 71 yards and one touchdown while adding a 70-yard touchdown run.

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McConkey is leading the team in receptions with 43 and second behind Brock Bowers in yards with 578. He’s a true playmaker for the Bulldog offense, and even with Mitchell coming back at some point, possibly this weekend against Kentucky, expect to see McConkey continue to make plays for the rest of the season.

 
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