Thirty-six days remain until Georgia kicks off its season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 1. In the days counting down to the opener, DawgNation will profile, with our “Around the Hedges in 80 Days” series, a Bulldogs player we expect to make an impact. We will review each player’s career thus far and project his long-term potential as we progress through our alphabetical list, from center David Andrews to receiver Rantavious Wooten.
36. Arthur Lynch
Junior, Tight end
6-foot-5, 272 pounds
Fall forecast: Lynch showed loyalty to Georgia’s program and patience by agreeing to redshirt in 2010 to gain a year of class separation between himself and Orson Charles and actually participated in all 14 games last season as a key blocker on the edge. Now with Charles and Aron White out of the picture, Lynch has the opportunity to play a major role at tight end. He will share the job with redshirt freshman Jay Rome, but Lynch figures to play a much more significant role in the next two seasons as both a blocker and as a pass-catcher.
Career highlight: Most Georgia fans probably don’t remember since it happened nearly three years ago, but Lynch has actually caught a pass as a Bulldog. Two in fact -- both of which came in 2009 against Tennessee Tech, covering a total of 17 yards.
Experience thus far: Lynch has appeared in 25 games in two seasons on the active roster, making two starts -- one as a freshman in 2009 and one last season against Kentucky.
Possible career impact: Lynch was a big-time tight end prospect when he signed with Georgia in 2009, but Charles’ dynamic receiving skills helped him seize the leading role at the position. Now that he left school after his junior season to be drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals, Lynch and Rome can maintain the tight end’s status as an active participant in the passing game.
Lynch has caught only two college passes and Rome has yet to play a college game, but the duo possesses more than enough potential to emerge as new weapons for quarterback Aaron Murray. They might not match Charles’ and White’s combined production from 2011 -- 54 catches, 675 yards, nine touchdowns -- but Lynch and Rome will force opposing defenses to keep an eye on the tight end, as well.