The Bulldogs have recruited the position extremely well over the past 15 years. Randy McMichael started the current string of NFL success when he played for the Bulldogs from 1999-2001. Benjamin Watson stepped in as a tight end for at UGA from 2001-2003 before going on to a very successful NFL career. After Watson came Leonard Pope, a physical specimen for the Bulldogs that delivered punishing hits while catching the ball. Pope paved the way for Orson Charles, an incredibly athletic tight end who left UGA after his junior season to play in the NFL.
All four of these players have had some measure of NFL success and they’ve given UGA the reputation of being a program that can prepare tight ends for the next level.
And with Arthur Lynch and Jay Rome, expected to have strong seasons in 2013, it looks like there will soon be two more former UGA tight ends in the NFL.
During his tenure as head coach at UGA, Mark Richt has made a point to involve the tight end in the offensive gameplan.
Because the staff makes a commitment to include the tight end in the passing game, it helps UGA continue to recruit well for the position. Elite tight end prospects in high school football know that they will have an opportunity to make plays in the offense while also learn valuable blocking skills if they continue their career at Georgia. A tight end at UGA will learn how to play in multiple formations, including power and spread formations, which both translate well to NFL offenses.
And if the tradition continues, it won’t be long before Georgia finds another great tight end to learn under Blazevich.
Photo by Jeffrey Beall.
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