Justin Scott-Wesley caught 3 passes for 116 yards in the Bulldogs' 41-30 victory over South Carolina
Sep 7, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. ---- Justin Scott-Wesley has had to wait for his opportunity. He had to wait through a redshirt year when he arrived at Georgia. He had to wait his redshirt freshman season as other receivers proved so effective in the Bulldogs offense’s record breaking season. Finally, however, the wait ended Saturday in Athens.
Scott-Wesley started the first game of his career in the Bulldogs’ Southeastern Conference opener against No. 6 South Carolina (1-1, 0-1 SEC). He also served as a captain after his performance in No. 11 Georgia’s (1-1, 1-0 SEC) season opener at Clemson.
The sophomore from Camilla, Ga., caught 3 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown reception was arguably the highlight of the night for the home team. Deep in the Bulldogs’ half, quarterback Aaron Murray was flushed out of the pocket and scrambled to his left. Scott-Wesley, a sprinter for the Georgia track team, took off up the left sideline and was hit in stride before outrunning a Gamecock defender for the 85-yard touchdown.
“To be honest I didn’t expect to get that open,” Scott-Wesley said. “Murray got some pressure in the backfield and rolled out and made a play. I was just there and took advantage of the opportunity and the rest is history. It was really the first time since I’ve been here that I’ve been able to open it up and show how fast I am. I just got that opportunity and made the most of it.”
That score was the final one of the game and put Georgia up 41-30, clinching the Bulldogs first win of the season.
The opportunity given to Scott-Wesley was provided in-part by the unfortunate ACL tear suffered by Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell. Scott-Wesley said that he felt a responsibility to take on a bigger role in Mitchell’s absence.
“I knew I had to step up. Replacing a guy like Malcolm Mitchell isn’t easy, but I just wanted to step up and be the guy my team can depend on. I feel honored that these guys and the coaches put me in the situations that they do.,” he said. “Everything I do, I do it for God and for my teammates.”
His teammates also appreciated his contributions
“Justin, wow. I think that would be the quote of the day,” Chris Conley said. “This guy out of Camilla, Georgia just comes out of nowhere and is making these humongous plays. He’s a true baller, he’s a team player and I expect to see him keep getting better.”
Junior Michael Bennett was equally impressed with Scott-Wesley, who has a collegiate personal best time of 10.72 in the 100-meter. Bennett said that his incredible speed gives Scott-Wesley the opportunity to be a real difference make.
“He did a great job on that play where he went 85-yards. It was a scramble play and Murray hit him,” Bennett said. “If you get Justin in space then no one is catching him.”
Despite his personal achievements, Scott-Wesley was happier that his position group was experiencing success.
“I’m proud of these guys. These are the guys I go to war with every day,” Scott-Wesley said. “These are my brothers and anytime you can step up and get a win as team while getting guys to step up at your position group it just makes everybody gel a little better.”
The Bulldogs and Scott-Wesley have a bye week next week before going back between the hedges on Sept. 21 to face North Texas.