South Carolina Week: Monday News and Notes

ATHENS - David Hale's news and notes from Georgia's fall practices.

GAINING CONFIDENCE

Georgia's wide receivers could hardly chalk up the opener as a successful day, with only three playing, and A.J. Green accounting for all but 10 yards of their production.

But one receiver who managed to impress, Richt said, was redshirt freshman Tavarres King. Although King had just one catch for four yards, Richt said he saw an increased level of aggression from King that earned kudos from the coaches.

"I think Tavarres King has earned himself some more playing time," Richt said. "He really got after it as a blocker and made one catch across the middle where he had to really extend that took some bravery. We gained more confidence in Tavarres' ability to play more downs and get more opportunities."

SKY'S THE LIMIT

When Orson Charles finally got to see the field, he was a bit more nervous than he expected.

"My heart was pounding and I was just trying to go full speed," he said.

The nerves didn't last long, however, and Charles managed to grab two passes totaling 46 yards, the second best tally of the day for the Bulldogs.

While the end result wasn't what Charles had hoped for, he said the game was a crucial turning point for him.

"It was a good experience because my last game was the high-school state championshup game," he said. "Now I've got a college game under my belt. The speed is different, people are much bigger and faster. I got a chance to adjust to it a little, and now I've got to work my tail off this week and adjust to the whole system."

Charles did have one drop in the game and Richt said the tight end still had some work to do in his route running, but the impact he made in his first game was strong evidence that more success was surely in store down the road.

"Everybody knew that Orson could run and catch the ball and make plays, and I feel like he did that," tight end Aron White said. "I feel like just getting out there and getting some experience was good for him, and as his confidence continues to grow throughout the season, you're going to see a lot more of him."


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