Learning from last season: Ben Watson

What will Ben Watson do next season for Georgia? Can he produce the way Larry Brown, Jermaine Wiggins, and Randy McMichael did before him?

Playing behind or with Randy McMichael is not the easiest things to do. McMichael was one of the premiere tight ends in the SEC last season. Still, Ben Watson managed to work his way onto the field enough to make an impact in the running game as well as the passing attack.

Most observers are stunned by Watson's size and speed. His ability to block is impressive and his head coach is very high on his abilities off of the field as well as on the field.

What we learned:

We knew that McMichael was a great tight end, we just did not, and probably still do not know if Watson is one yet. Watson will be a junior in 2001 and he will be the starting tight end. In fact he will be the only tight end returning with significant experience.

Watson showed that he can be used in the passing game against both Houston and Arkansas State as well as in his performance in the 2002 Spring Game. Beyond that he showed in the rest of the games that he can be used as an extra offensive lineman. Will he be able to grab the spotlight the way that Brown, Wiggins, and McMichael did before him?

What was said

"Ben Watson has the capability to be as good as anybody in the United States of America. It's just up to him. I think he knows it. I think he knows he can be as good as anybody.'' – Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt's quote to Dawg Post.com's Charles Odum

"It's flattering but we have a lot of guys on this team who could be as good as anybody in America. It's not like I'm the only one with that potential. I think everybody on the team has the potential to be great. It's his way of telling me that he's going to push me that hard, along with my position coach.'' – Ben Watson on himself

"He's what you want. It is just of matter of continuing every day to improve.'' – Georgia Tight Ends Coach David Johnson

Dean Legge can be reached here: dean@dawgpost.com

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