There’s been a story emerging out of Georgia’s wide receiver ranks. It’s the tale of five-foot-eight sophomore wide receiver Mekhi Mews, the pride and joy of Central Gwinnett. His size is one-of-a-kind, and he doesn’t let it get in the way of much apparently. In fact, he sees his size as an “advantage” he said in an interview yesterday. Whatever this guy lacks in height, he makes up for in heart, and you could see it in the way he played this past weekend.
Mews officially burst onto the scene last Saturday against UT Martin where he took a screen pass half the distance of the field to the house against the Skyhawks, scoring new starting quarterback Carson Beck’s only touchdown through the air that evening. In total he caught 3 passes for 75 yards and a tuddy, but technically the season opener wasn’t the first time we’ve seen Mews put up these kinds of numbers.
The Mews hype train really dates back to last spring. After a quiet first two years (one of which was a redshirt year) with the Dawgs, this guy started coming into his own at the G-Day Game. In that scrimmage he put up 4 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown and also ran back kickoff return for a score on top of all of that.
As a preferred walk on, making the most of your opportunity is the name of the game, and that’s just what we’re seeing from Mews. With Ladd McConkey, Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint, and Jackson Meeks out, he stepped up and stepped out finally showing the world what the rest of the team had been seeing him do on scout team for the past couple seasons.
Mews’ teammate and preseason All-SEC defensive lineman Mykel Williams (who stands at 6’5 in comparison) had this to say about him:
“He’s a great guy. He’s a great athlete. He works super hard.”
In the past Georgia has been known to do well with the help of PWOs. Names like Prather Hudson, Rodrigo Blankenship, Dan Jackson, and more famously Stetson Bennett have all risen their way through the ranks to help contribute to this team. And now the ball’s in Mekhi Mews’ court.
He’s not the biggest, but he’s by no means hard to find on the field. With Ladd being “day-to-day” according to Coach Smart and the rest of the receiver room being littered with youth, we should be seeing Mews take on a legitimate role in the Georgia offense as the season progresses.