Aug. 13, 2012
ATHENS -- Freshman receiver Blake Tibbs remembers the moment he realized the difference between high school football and playing for Georgia in the Southeastern Conference.
"The first day we went to shells I went for a block on [Bacarri] Rambo," Tibbs said. "He lowered his shoulder and put me on my butt. That was my first SEC big hit, that woke me up but I needed it just to show me it's a whole other level."
Tibbs, a three star recruit from Lithonia, Ga., said that while he has had to learn a lot early in his Bulldog career the process has been helped by the presence of senior receivers, especially Tavarres King.
"I mess with TK a lot telling him he's my twin, he definitely makes sure I'm running my routes," he said. "The older guys don't let you take any breaks-- they get onto you, if they see you slacking doing a route in a drill. They're going to let you know its tough out there but you have to push through it."
The influence of King on the former Martin Luther King Jr. High School star is clear in the way Tibbs says he approaches practice.
'In practice I'm following behind him [King] everywhere he goes," Tibbs said. "Seeing what he's doing, seeing what he's not doing, seeing what he needs to work on so when I get in I can do it a little better by doing it the same way he's doing it."
One of the biggest difficulties for the freshman, who has been singled out for praise recently by head coach Mark Richt, has been the sheer size of the Bulldogs playbook.
"The playbook is way bigger than my high school playbook," Tibbs said. "It's a lot you've got to take it in. I had trouble a little bit but nothing too major. If I have questions I ask. I don't hesitate to ask questions to make sure I get something right."
After arriving at Georgia, Tibbs chose to continue wearing his high school number eight; the number is synonymous in recent Georgia history with former Bulldog A.J. Green. Despite the potential comparisons between the two receivers Tibbs said he intends to make the number his own.
"I'm just going to try to get my own legacy behind it," Tibbs said. "I know A.J. Green was a great receiver in the league but I'm just trying to put my own legacy behind the number and see what happens."
Despite having some difficulties with the playbook and being on the end of a big hit from one of the Georgia's seniors, Tibbs said that he is enjoying life at Georgia while working towards the Bulldogs ultimate goal.
"I'm loving it and I'm ready for the season to start. I'm preparing for a big season," he said. "Everybody's really focused trying to get to Miami. Everybody's working hard in practice every day -- no let ups."