UGA’s Scott-Wesley is playing, just not making plays

That’s started to become a common question among Georgia fans as it has gotten deeper into the 2014 season.

The answer is nothing really. The junior wide receiver simply has been unable to crack the Bulldogs’ rotation since being sidelined with disciplinary and injury issues.

“Well, he’s getting there,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said after Wednesday’s practice. “He’s working hard. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him do something any time now. But it wouldn’t have surprised me last week or the week before. I mean, he’s working hard, he’s getting a lot of reps. Sometimes you’re in there and you’re number just doesn’t get called.”

Scott-Wesley, a junior split end from Camilla, was suspended the first four games, then limited by an ankle injury in the weeks before he came back. In the five games since, he did not play against Vanderbilt or Florida and did not record a catch against Missouri, Arkansas or Kentucky.

So entering entering the season’s 12th week, there is no statistical evidence Scott-Wesley has played this season. That’s quite a drop-off from last season when he averaged 3.2 catches and 62 yards per game. He was lost for the year to a knee injury in the season’s fifth game.

For the moment, Scott-Wesley’s snaps are going to senior Jonathon Rumph, who had four catches for 81 yards against Kentucky.

“It wasn’t like any one of those plays we were going to throw it to Rumph no matter what,” Richt said. “Coverage dictated that’s where it went and (Rumph) made plays when it came to him. That’s just how it went. Hopefully Justin will have one of those games for himself.”

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