Chandler looks to be ready for 2006 and beyond

Georgia's depth chart is loaded at tight end, now. With Martrez Milner being a senior and Leonard Pope's emergence as an All-SEC performer, Georgia could be replacing two tight ends in 2006.

If Pope, who has not discussed leaving for the NFL publicly, does decide to forego his final season in Athens there will be a rush to fill the starting spot. Tripp Chandler hopes to be in that battle.

"I know I'll probably redshirt next season," he said. "I am realistic about my chances of starting over Leonard Pope." Still, Chandler said he does want to start playing as soon as possible.

Chandler still gained enough recognition to get scholarship offers while playing on a team that ended the season 2-8. First it looked like Chandler was going to play at Clemson, but then he attracted Georgia's attention in the summer at the program's camp.

"I think they saw what I could do and they liked it," said Chandler. The Woodstock tight end had been going to Georgia games with his high school coach during the previous season in order to get his name familiar with the Bulldog staff.

Chandler said he knew that his team's win-loss record wouldn't open doors for him, so he felt he had to go out and market himself the summer before his senior season.

"I felt like I really didn't have a summer," he said. "I went from school to school, and camp to camp, just playing football."

The work paid off, however, and Chandler is now on his way to Athens. Chandler is a weight room fanatic and also plays basketball for Woodstock. He said he has gained another ten pounds during the basketball season – an astonishing feat considering the amount of running involved in basketball.

Chandler's weight gain might make some think he could move to offensive line in the coming years at Georgia. And although Chandler said that nothing about a move had been discussed during recruiting, he confessed that he would do it to play as soon as possible.

"I want to compete for the tight end spot, but if playing on the line means more playing time – I'll do it," he said.

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