Georgia Bulldogs: spring football

To get ready for the March 20 start of Georgia’s spring football practice, DawgNation will do a position breakdown each day and feature one player to watch at that position. Today we look at tight ends and Arthur Lynch.

ATHENS, Ga. -- The risk for a tight end committing to a program like Georgia, with such a strong history at the position, is that it becomes easy to slip through the cracks.

Arthur Lynch struggled with that reality early in his Georgia career with other highly touted players ahead of him on the depth chart. This fall the fourth-year junior will finally get his chance to become a key contributor.

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Spring look: Tight end

March, 15, 2012
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To get ready for the March 20 start of Georgia’s spring football practice, DawgNation will do a position breakdown each day. Today we analyze the tight ends. On Friday we will look at the offensive line.

2011 starters (stats): Orson Charles, Jr. (45 catches, 574 yards, 5 TD)

Key losses: Charles; Aron White, 2011 senior (9-101, 4 TD)

Reserves (stats): Arthur Lynch, Jr. (0 catches); Jay Rome, RFr. (Redshirted)

New faces: Rome -- the nation’s No. 18 overall prospect and top tight end on the ESPNU 150 in 2011 -- redshirted last season because of the Bulldogs’ depth at his position. He figures to contribute immediately, as could Ty Smith (Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt County), who signed in February and should arrive in the summer.

Spring goal: Charles and White were just about the only Georgia tight ends to catch a pass through the last three seasons. Lynch caught the only two passes of his career as a freshman in 2009, totaling 17 yards, before redshirting in 2010 to gain extra class separation between himself and Charles.

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