Young Tight Ends Excite Coaches
Arthur Lynch

Aug. 17, 2012

ATHENS -- Fewer positions on the Georgia football team lost as much as the tight end spot with both Orson Charles and Aron White leaving at the end of the 2011 season.

Charles was perhaps the biggest loss as the Bulldogs lost one of quarterback Aaron Murray's favorite targets. Charles had 45 catches for 574 yards and five touchdowns putting him tied for second on the team in receptions and third in yardage. White contributed nine catches for 101 yards and four TD's.

Despite the losses Georgia now boasts a tight end group that is both young and, according to tight ends coach John Lilly, exciting.

"You get to see guys grow, you get to see guys get better, literally see them improve. You kind of see it when the light comes on," Lilly said. "I do think the younger guys are still really learning the speed of the game, the pace that we want to operate offensively and just seeing the way we want things done and how we want it done."

Seven of the Bulldogs' ten current tight ends are either freshmen or redshirt freshmen.

The progress made by the tight end group, however, has impressed Lilly but the coaches are still waiting to see how the 2012 tight ends will look come Sept, 1. When the Bulldogs face Buffalo.

"A couple of them have been banged up a little bit so we're still trying to get a good feel for who can do what and how everything fits," he said. "Obviously the clocks ticking -- we're two weeks away from the first ball game."

While still waiting to see how the position will look come game day the fifth year tight ends coach knows where we wants to see improvement out of the unit.

"It's very hard to play fast unless you know what to do," Lilly said "All the guys a the position have the ability but again they've got to lock in 100 percent on their assignments and then be ready to play fast."

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