Having lost several of their top skill players to the NFL this offseason, the Georgia Bulldogs need some of their younger talents to step up this year. In the early practice showings, head coach Kirby Smart has identified one player who has done just that.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Smart revealed that junior wide receiver Demetris Robertson has "stepped up" for the Bulldogs recently. He complimented the former five-star wideout from Cal for his catching and speed, but did note that he can work on his physicality.
Kirby Smart said Tuesday what Georgia football fans have been waiting to hear for a long time: “I think D-Rob’s stepped up.”
“You know, D-Rob’s got to continue to play more physical, but he’s made some catches,” Smart said. “He’s made some vertical threats.”
Robertson was a five-star recruit coming out of high school in 2016. Per 247Sports, he was the No. 13 overall prospect in the country, the No. 1 wide receiver, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Georgia.
He ultimately enrolled at Cal, recording 50 receptions for 767 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman. But after an injury-shortened sophomore campaign, he transferred to Georgia in 2018.
Last year Robertson appeared in only four games, rushing four times for 109 yards and a touchdown.
The Georgia Bulldogs are returning only one of their top five receiving threats from last season, so someone is going to have to pick up the slack.
If he's making this much of an impression, the Bulldogs could have a serious weapon on their hands.