ATHENS -- Replacing any member of a team that won the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference is a challenge. To replace two members, including one of the most important offensive players, could be seen as daunting.
That is the challenge that junior tight end Arthur Lynch faced after the 2011 season, when Aron White graduated and Orson Charles left for the NFL. Charles had been one of quarterback Aaron Murray's favorite targets, tying for second in receptions for the Bulldogs last season with 45 catches.
Charles also garnered several awards during his collegiate career, including being named an AFCA first-team All-American in 2011. Lynch said the transition from Charles and White, to a tight end duo consisting of him and redshirt freshman Jay Rome, has so far gone well.
"Obviously Orson and Aron were two very good players, they were guys that had a lot of success here," Lynch said. "To replace them is a big feat and I think we're doing a pretty good job of it so far. I think we need to keep improving and that's what we're doing. We're young and we're doing a good job at really making a statement."
While Lynch has been happy with both his and Rome's early season form, he said he still has specific areas of his game that he has been working on.
"I think working on my technique," he said. "I think I graded out pretty well in terms of getting my job done, but I need to work on my technique and fine-tune my fundamentals. Hopefully I'll go out there and make a play when the opportunity arises."
Lynch has yet to record a reception in the Bulldogs' first two games of the 2012 season, while Rome only has one. This is something that Lynch believes will change over time as both players get more used to playing in Georgia's system on a regular basis.
The Dartmouth, Mass., native said that along with replacing Charles and White, he has taken on a greater role within the offensive group.
"I'm one of the older guys and I think I'm one of the leaders on offense," Lynch said. "I see myself as a leader and I think people on the team see me as a leader and look up to me in certain situations to lean on and to lead them. I'm definitely kind of molding into that position in the team and I welcome it with open arms. I think I started getting there last year but now, being a junior and starting, that kind of helps me to really cement that leadership role."