Both Zach Mettenberger and Aaron Murray have been sensational for the respective teams, each throwing for over 1,000 yards. How they have distributed the wealth has been extremely different. Murray has spread his passes out among many different wide receivers. Mettenberger has built a strong connection with star receivers, Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, and has thrown them the majority of his pass attempts.
Beckham and Landry have been so dominant this year, Mettenberger has not had much of a need to go to other wide receivers. The wide receiver duo has combined to catch all ten of Mettenberger’s touchdown passes. In addition they have been on the receiving end of over 73% of Mettenberger’s passing yards.
Both Landry and Beckham have been consistently electrifying in 2013, making spectacular catches, and having extremely reliable hands. Both players are capable of making highlight plays every time they are on the field.
Murray on the other hand has been utilizing several different wide receivers. Through three games, Georgia has six wide recievers that have topped 100 yards receiving, LSU only has two through four games. Murray has more talented wide receivers to choose from than Mettenberger, but Murray has yet to find a wide receiver he can count on to be a difference maker every game.
Justin Scott-Wesley is the top receiver yardage wise for the Bulldogs. He had an incredible game against South Carolina, catching three passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. However, in the other two games he has been average and has never caught more than four passes in a game this season. Scott-Wesley is only a sophomore and has a bright future ahead of him as a Bulldog.
Freshman Reggie Davis is one of top receivers for Georgia in terms of total yardage. Davis has only made receptions in one game this year. He caught two passes against North Texas, but he made his receptions count, averaging 67 yards per reception this year. Early in the second quarter he hauled in a 98 yard touchdown catch that helped him win SEC Freshman of the week honors.
Both quarterbacks have been spreading the ball around differently, and both methods seem to be working well. They are putting up great statistics, but we will see which group of wide receivers outshines the other on Saturday in Athens.