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Around the Hedges in 80 Days: Ty F.-Smith

8/15/2012

Fourteen 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.

14. Ty Flournoy-Smith

Freshman, Tight end

6-foot-3, 237 pounds

Fall forecast: Like most freshmen who are about three weeks into their college careers, Flournoy-Smith is still catching onto all of his responsibilities. But the Bulldogs have almost no choice but to play him this season. With only Arthur Lynch and Jay Rome on the roster as scholarship tight ends, Georgia will make use of Flournoy-Smith’s receiving skills this season and hope he continues to improve as a blocker. He said recently that is the area that he must work on most as he was a bit undersized when he arrived on campus in June.

Possible career impact: Georgia has successfully used tight ends with Smith’s build and general skillset -- think Orson Charles and Aron White -- in recent seasons, so the Bulldogs already have a blueprint for how to deploy the freshman. Rome and Lynch have more of the prototypical tight end build and Flournoy-Smith hopes to develop a more filled-out frame in time. While that occurs, he should be able to chip in behind the veterans early and see his role expand as he adds size and his knowledge base grows.