July 19, 2006

Raley looking for a big final season in Athens

Any time Georgia's coaches talk about the team's leaders in the weight room and mat drills, receiver Mario Raley's name usually finds its way near the top of the list. But with his senior season closing in, the Charlotte native is ready to lead the Bulldog receivers on the field.

Though he's got more experience in the Georgia program than any other receiver, four years, he doesn't have the numbers to match his tenure thanks to a crowded depth chart at receiver that has forced him to play behind the likes of Fred Gibson, Reggie Brown and Bryan McClendon.

"I feel like I've paid my dues and what's done is done," Raley said. "I've been punished. I feel like it's time I get rewarded for all my hard work and patience."

Going into preseason camp, Raley is the No. 2 split end behind Mohamed Massaquoi and ahead of sophomore Demiko Goodman, junior T. J. Gartrell and true freshman Kris Durham. Raley is also a strong candidate to be the third receiver in the Bulldogs' three-receiver formation.

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