Clemson-Georgia game will feature two of Athlon's top six receiver groups

The Clemson Sports Blog

Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley reacts after catching a 47-yard touchdown pass in front of New Mexico State defender Jeremy Harris in the second quarter Saturday.

Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley reacts after catching a 47-yard touchdown pass in front of New Mexico State defender Jeremy Harris in the second quarter Saturday.

Two of the nation's top pass-catching corps will be on display on Aug. 31 when No. 8 Clemson and No. 5 Georgia clash in their season opener at Death Valley.

Athlon has rated Georgia and Clemson's receivers as the nation's No. 3 and No. 6 groups, respectively.

Here is what the editors had to say about the Bulldogs:

'With Malcom Mitchell returning to wide receiver on a full-time basis and the return of Michael Bennett from a knee injury, quarterback Aaron Murray will have one of the nation’s top receiving corps at his disposal. Chris Conley averaged 17.1 yards per catch last year, and his big-play ability will help ease the loss of Tavarres King. Tight end Arthur Lynch is a rising star after grabbing 24 receptions for 431 yards and three touchdowns in 2012. Jay Rome caught 11 passes as a true freshman and should secure the No. 2 tight end spot.'

And about the Tigers:

The Tigers will miss DeAndre Hopkins, but there’s not much reason to panic at Clemson. Sammy Watkins had a disappointing year after a standout freshman season, but all signs point to a bounce-back campaign in 2013. Watkins should be the ACC’s top wide receiver and a candidate to earn All-American honors. Replacing Hopkins’ production will likely fall on the shoulders of Charone Peake and Adam Humphries. Peake has shown flashes of promise, while Humphries has 56 receptions in his first two years on campus. Freshmen Germone Hopper and Mike Williams, along with junior Martavis Bryant will be expected to contribute as well. Tight end is a concern, as Sam Cooper suffered a torn ACL in the spring game.'

Florida State also made the top 10 list, at No. 5:

'The Seminoles have three receivers with 25 recpetions or more returning in 2013, and tight end Nick O’Leary is back after a solid sophomore campaign (21 receptions). Rashad Greene was the go-to target for Florida State last year, catching 57 passes for 741 yards. Kelvin Benjamin caught 30 passes as a redshirt freshman, and at 6'5", has the potential to be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Freshmen Levonte Whitfield, Isaiah Jones and Bobo Wilson won’t start but are too talented to redshirt this year.'

Southern California topped the list, followed by Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Florida State, Clemson, Louisville, Oklahoma, Fresno State and Washington.

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