A reporter joked to wide receiver Tavarres King that perhaps this particular interview would not include the mention of one A.J. Green.
No such luck.
Just a handful of questions into this week's sit-down with the Georgia junior, Green's name was evoked as it pertained to King and his status on the Bulldogs this fall.
Actually, it's a natural question to ask.
With Green now catching passes for the Cincinnati Bengals, one of the obvious questions for fall camp is which receiver will the Bulldogs turn to when the season opens Sept. 3 against Boise State?
Why not King?
"Absolutely, I do feel that way," King said. "It's my time to step up and be a leader, that and be a playmaker as well."
Statistically, there's no reason why he shouldn't.
King finished third on the Bulldogs in receiving last fall behind Green and Kris Durham with 27 catches for 504 yards and three touchdowns, numbers that earned him a Pre-season SEC third-team selection by Athlon Sports.
"(Mitchell) is a tremendous athlete and can do a lot of different things," King said. "The other day in pass skel, he was just torching guys. He's going to help this team a lot. All these young guys are ball players, man."
Conley figures to be in the mix as well and could have a leg up on some of his competition.
It helped the freshman that he was able to go through spring drills with the rest of the team, although players like Seay and Scott-Wesley will still get their chance to prove to position coach Tony Ball that they're ready to see some early playing time.
"All these guys have pretty good hands," King said. "Like I said, Malcolm has awesome ball skills. He's going to contribute a lot this year."
As for King, he hopes his experience will rub off on his younger teammate as they settle into life on the collegiate stage.
"I remember what it was like for me when I first started," King said. "I just want to do everything I can to help show them the way."
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