Milner drops in depth chart

ATHENS – The dropped passes finally have caught up with Martrez Milner.

The senior tight end lost his starting job Monday, as sophomore Tripp Chandler moved to his place in the starting lineup. Milner had been Georgia's starter all season despite a continuing problem catching passes. He dropped two more Saturday, in a three-play stretch, during a 21-14 loss to Florida.

"After the way I played on Saturday, I felt like I didn't deserve to start," said Milner, who is tied for the team lead with 12 catches and also has 232 receiving yards. "When I heard the news today, I wasn't shocked. I've got to take it as an eye-opener. I guess I took it for granted that I had a starting position and didn't work as hard as I should have. I've got to work harder and help my team any way I can. If that's leading my team on the sideline, I'll do that."

Milner got calls of encouragement Monday from former Georgia tight ends Ben Watson and Robert Brannan, he said.

"They said any player is going to drop balls," he said. "It's all about how you come back the next day and the next game. They told me to keep my head up."

Chandler has played in all nine games this year but has caught just two passes for 37 yards.

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