Upgrade or Downgrade? Tight Ends

ATHENS – Upgrade or downgrade? Dean Legge looks at each position at Georgia to see if 2010s' Dawgs will be better than those of 2009.

Today: The Tight Ends

2009 Starter: Aron White
2010 Possible Starter: Orson Charles
Outcome: Upgrade

There is nothing wrong with Aron White – nothing. There is everything right, however, with Orson Charles. Charles is a first or second round NFL draft pick, and in the end talent wins out. Charles will be the starter in 2010 if I had to guess, but White will be productive as well.

The twist in the tight end spot, however, came after signing only one wide receiver in the 2010 class who will likely be on campus this fall. Recruiting is about years down the road, but there are times when one true freshman can emerge to capture significant playing time. All during the recruiting season Georgia had that type of player committed to them, but he did not sign with the Dawgs on Signing Day. That means more footballs for the tight ends - even with them playing in spots not usually where tight ends line up.

Adding Bruce Figgins back to the tight end rotation gives the Dawgs the best roster of tight ends in the SEC if not the country. All three players will get their crack at the NFL soon, but more importaintly they will be the security blanket for a new starting quarterack. The tight end position means Georgia has explosive offensive weapons at every spot in 2010. Actually, Georgia's running backs might not be explosive, but they are pretty good. The wide receivers are explosive. Those two things leave the middle of the field open for the Charles and his trio of bandits to run down the field to slash the opposition.

If Georgia's tight ends don't produce in 2010 someone should be held accountable. Talk about skill and talent – John Lilly probably has the most talent per pound working for him than any other coach outside whoever told Drew Butler and Blair Walsh to go win games for the Dawgs in 2009 (Georgia fans are well aware that the program does not use a special teams coach). You get the point – the tight ends are loaded at Georgia the way they were when Randy McMicheal was Larry Brown's double-secret third string backup in 1998 also behind Jermaine Wiggins.

Get those tight ends the ball – they may be the best position on the team.

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