Not to be outdone

CLEMSON - There's a solid twosome on the Georgia offense that tends to get overlooked because of the dynamic duo at running back.

While Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall receive a majority of the attention -- and rightfully so -- tight ends Arthur Lynch and Jay Rome have flown under the radar.

Listed at 6-foot-5, 254 pounds, Lynch enjoyed a breakout season in 2012, catching 24 passes for 431 yards and three touchdowns.

The son of former Clemson two-sport standout Stan Rome, the younger Jay is a 6-foot-6, 254-pound redshirt sophomore who caught 11 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns, one of which was a 19-yard score against Alabama in the SEC title game.

Spencer Shuey has taken notice.

"I don't think we've faced tight ends like that," he said. "They're extremely big and physical, quick as well, and have great hands. They're going to be a challenge for us. They're tall and strong and can block and release at the same time."

But it's no secret what Georgia uses to butter its bread. Shuey said it's an offensive philosophy that's comparable to the one LSU brought to the Chick-fil-A Bowl in December.

"They try to establish the run first, but both teams have great receivers that they can play-action to and throw deep balls to as well," Shuey said. "They're pretty similar, but they both create their own challenges."

Among the biggest challenges when facing Georgia's high-powered offense is the one-two punch of Gurshall.

As a freshman, Gurley ran for 1,385 yards and 17 touchdowns. Also a freshman last season, Marshall had 759 yards and eight scores.

"They're big guys and they run extremely, extremely strong. They seem like they're extremely hard to bring down," Shuey said. "They both are really good out in open space. They can run through guards and run over people, but they're also extremely quick and shifty out in the open space."

Not many 232 and 219-pound running backs can blend that with power and agility like Gurley and Marshall can.

"I think Gurley is a little bit bigger, but the other guy is down hill and runs extremely powerful, hard to tackle as well," Shuey said.

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