Rosemy-Jacksaint ready to embark on sophomore campaign
Georgia wide receiver Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint can remember the exact moment when he caught his first collegiate touchdown pass against Florida last year.
However, he can also recall the feeling after the score as he grabbed his ankle in pain.
Rosemy-Jacksaint ended up injuring his ankle on the play and it caused him to miss the rest of the 2020 season. The Bulldogs ended up losing that day and their hopes of making a fourth straight appearance in Atlanta for the SEC Championship game diminished.
Nevertheless, Rosemy-Jacksaint is currently back on the field after being fully cleared in July.
"That game and how we lost, it was just kind of depressing and sad," he said during a Zoom interview with reporters on Wednesday. "I just don’t want it to end up like last year."
The Ft. Lauderdale (Fl.) native said his recovery time was between four and six weeks.
“At the time it didn’t really hit me that it would be that long but after surgery it really hit me,” he added. “The process has been long, a very tedious process, having to wake up every morning and getting treatment, just working the little things trying to get it back right. I feel like that process really helped me get into the right state of mind to prepare myself, not only prepare myself but my teammates.”
Rosemy-Jacksaint enters the 2021 season as a key part of the Georgia offense, which lost several receivers over the course of the offseason to injuries. Junior standout George Pickens is expected to miss the entire season due to an ACL tear that occurred in spring practice. Then, redshirt sophomore Dominick Blaylock is still not fully healthy after consecutive ACL injuries. There’s also been a couple of younger guys that have been battling minor setbacks.
Still, Rosemy-Jacksaint hasn’t gotten any live reps with starting quarterback JT Daniels. Meanwhile, in the offseason, both players have been working together to build a rapport and get familiar with one another. With his 6-foot-2 and 195-pound frame, Rosemy-Jacksaint is slated to be one of Georgia’s top targets at wide receiver this season.
“The chemistry has been great,” Rosemy-Jacksaint said. “The chemistry has been great. I believe we’ve really clicked on a great level. We’ve been working all off-season on our chemistry. Not only myself but other receivers, too. We’ve all been working together. We really feel like we have a chance to be able to perform. Go out there and do what we do and play Georgia Football.”
Rosemy-Jacksaint possesses the size and speed to make plays, which he is expected to do on Saturday night against Clemson in the season opener. He was just learning the offense under then first-year offensive coordinator Todd Monken before his injury. So, it will be interesting to see if he can produce on the field like he was before that play against the Gators.
"I’m very appreciative of the fact that I’m able to go out there and compete this year," he said. "It’s a blessing. I’m very blessed, and I’m very thankful for that opportunity because it could have been a lot worse than what it was."
As a freshman in 2020, Rosemy-Jacksaint hauled in four receptions for 64 yards a touchdown. He also played a big role on specials teams before getting injured. The former St. Thomas Aquinas standout had two solo tackles on kicks last season for the Bulldogs.
Here is the video of Rosemy-Jacksaint’s interview: