Q&A: Georgia TE coach John Lilly 

March, 30, 2012
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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comJay Rome missed some offseason time with the football team to be a walk-on forward for the Georgia basketball team.
ATHENS, Ga. -- Perhaps no position coach on Georgia’s staff is starting from scratch this spring moreso than tight ends coach John Lilly.

Lilly had one of the nation’s most productive tight ends last season in Orson Charles -- who opted to leave UGA after his junior year to enter the NFL draft -- and also had a solid second option in 2011 senior Aron White, who tied Charles for the school’s tight end career record with 10 touchdowns.

With Charles and White out of the picture, Lilly is left with rising junior Arthur Lynch and redshirt freshman Jay Rome to play a much more active role this season. Lynch has two career receptions and played mostly as a blocker and on special teams last year, while Rome -- ESPN’s top-rated tight end prospect in 2011 -- is trying to catch up after spending the winter with Georgia’s basketball team as a walk-on forward.

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