The Georgia football program housed some of the best talent in college football last season, with NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah posting four Bulldog players inside his top 50 big board, including wide receiver Ladd McConkey. However, despite posting stellar numbers at Georgia, McConkey is still on a mission to turn heads, accepting an invite to the annual Reese’s Senior Bowl. Per the all-star game’s executive director Jim Nagy, the Georgia football wideout earned “top WR” on the American team from a vote conducted by his defensive back teammates at practice player-of-the-week awards.
Georgia's Ladd McConkey was named top WR on the American team in a vote from DB teammates at practice player-of-the-week awards ceremony today at 2024 Reese’s Senior Bowl. #TheDraftStartsInMOBILE™️ pic.twitter.com/A53BcAIZLs
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) February 2, 2024
Iowa Hawkeyes punter Tory Taylor, Alabama kicker Will Reichard, Missouri’s Darius Robinson, and McConkey’s Georgia teammate Javon Bullard, among others, also won awards at the Reese’s Bowl.
Ladd McConkey: Impressing at All-Star Game
This week, McConkey made waves on social media for his practice performance at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. McConkey looked good in individual drills but separated himself in one-on-one drills. He consistently beat press man, off-coverage, and inside and outside leverage. The six-foot, 186-pounder also dominated in one-on-one reps in the red zone, using his speed and route running ability to separate.
McConkey’s separating ability has isolated him from the competition this week. His ball tracking and ability to stack and stem opposing defensive backs have turned heads at the Reese’s Senior Bowl, earning recognition from his defensive teammates.
Ladd McConkey: Dominate at Georgia Football
A former three-star recruit, McConkey did not play his first year before snagging 31 receptions for 447 yards and five scores in 2021. He posted his best numbers in 2022 with quarterback Stetson Bennett, snagging 58 passes for 762 yards and seven touchdowns. He caught five passes for 88 yards and two scores in his team’s blowout win over the TCU Horned Frogs in the College Football National Championship.
McConkey took a step back this season but still posted a respectable 30 catches for 479 yards and two touchdowns. His best season game came against the Florida Gators on a natural field in late October. He registered six catches for 135 yards and a score in a win. He only appeared in nine games this season, compared to nine the year prior. The Georgia native won’t be the first offensive skill player selected by the Bulldogs in the upcoming draft. Tight end Brock Bowers remains a blue-chip prospect. He scored 31 touchdowns during his time with the Georgia Bulldogs.