Dogs’ freshmen could have early impact

While fan talk in the wake of starting tight end Bruce Figgins’ suspension for half the season largely has centered on Orson Charles, the blue-chip receiver/tight end hybrid out of Tampa, the need to replace Figgins’ blocking skills seems to be weighing more on the Georgia coaches’ minds, as reported in the Athens Banner-Herald.

Mark Richt says both Charles and the other incoming freshman tight end, Arthur Lynch of Dartmouth, Mass., are “going to have to play. I doubt any tight end gets redshirted this year, but we’ll just have to wait and see how it unfolds.”

But Lynch, who tops 6-foot-5 and weighs 258, has the more typical tight end size and has been told by tight ends coach John Lilly to be ready to play as a “point of attack blocker and receiver” against Oklahoma State on Sept. 5. “He always said he expected me to play Oklahoma State, but now it’s even more of a reality,” Lynch told the ABH. “I know I’m the heaviest one there.”

Richt said he’s “a big, strong kid” who “I figure can block well for us, but again has good hands.” 

As for 6-foot-3, 230-pound Charles, he could be used to shore up the Dogs’ rather skimpy corps of just six wide receivers. “Orson might be effective as a wide receiver, too, because he’s got wide receiver skills. He may be used in more than one way,” Richt said. The coach also mentioned incoming freshman cornerback Branden Smith, who “has got some abilities as a receiver. We’ll try to find a way to use those guys, too, to fortify that number.”

As for defensive end, where spring star Justin Houston will miss two games on suspension, Richt told the ABH he did not anticipate moving anyone to that position, but he noted that in the spring the Dogs already practiced having linebackers Darryl Gamble, Marcus Washington and Darius Dewberry line up as an end some of the time to bolster the pass rush.

On the other side of the ball, Richt talked with David Hale of the Macon and Columbus papers’ Bulldogs Blog about the need to get his backup quarterbacks some playing time this season. “You want to, but you’ve got to be careful of disrupting your starter and his rhythm,” Richt said. 

Unfortunately, playing a tough nonconference schedule doesn’t help. “The best way to do it is if you play well enough, toward the end of the game you can get the guys some playing time. … But with our schedule, that doesn’t happen too often.”

As Joe Cox found out the past couple of seasons when he rarely got in to relieve Matthew Stafford. 

Still, the fact that the backups, particularly Logan Gray, bring a different look than Cox might loosen up the typically tight, conservative way Richt and offensive coordinator Mike Bobo have tended to use their quarterbacks. 

“If there’s a way to insert a guy in a situation or a down-and-distance or field position, that might be part of what we’d do and it would be comfortable for everybody,” Richt said. “So that’s a possibility.”

Sounds promising, but Richt often talks a more adventurous approach than he actually uses in games. Here’s hoping he rolls the dice a bit more this season.

107 comments Add your comment

Lenny in Ludowici

May 12th, 2009
2:23 pm

Hey bigdawg01 – you got flarda in 07 because Tebow was hurt. As for fans of other teams hanging out on these blogs, that’s like the pot calling the kettle black.

By the way, how’s that statue of the king of 4 loss seasons Vince “3 yards and a cloud of Dust” Dooley working out for you? Seems to have put a pall over last season, wouldn’t you say? Look out, it gets worse this year. Don’t look now but you don’t have anyone to replace Stafford or Moreno.

And no, I’m not a Tech or Flarda fan. Just an A-Hole.

ATL Gator

May 12th, 2009
2:29 pm

Who cares which team has the most 4-loss seasons? Does it really matter? What matters is this- 49-10. What also matters is two national championships in three years. I’ve gotta go now. Buying my girl some Tebow panties.

Gatorzone

May 12th, 2009
2:29 pm

Huh? Anyone with a brain would not diminish what Richt has accomplished during his tenure. He is a good coach and the consecutive 10 win seasons are something to be proud of.

Tallcarl

May 12th, 2009
2:31 pm

Ouch, JaxDog it’s not nice picking on the mental disabled. I love Ga. and college football. I love to read ideas about the teams people like you and the gentleman from Ala. write. I am from Warner Robins Ga. and grad. from GC& SU but I now live in Madrid, Spain so I depend on the WEB and blogs (Heaven help me). Many people contribute ideas, information, and spark my addition. Thanks Bill and all who come here for football. However, the rest of you get a life and do not bring sick thoughts and vulgar topics here they are not necessary nor are they wanted. I do not care what schools you are a fan of I can not believe they would like your interpretation of being their spokes person (that requires that you graduate from somewhere). Just a thought…I believe the Dawgs will win 10 again this year and that does not include the bowl win. It will be a year of pleasant surprises and hard fought victories. Go Dogs, sic em.

Lane

May 12th, 2009
2:33 pm

Denarris(??) Ward transferred to Oregon, was buried as the #4 TE, has moved to the interior line. Odd how things work out – felt he was going to be a superstar!!!

bigdawg01

May 12th, 2009
2:50 pm

Lenny in Ludowici-
We got FL in 07 because we were the better team. You can take that Boo Hoo-NON throwing arm Tebow was hurt BS and shove it. I dont remember him playing defense in that game? I dont remember him playing O-line keeping him from getting sacked 6 times.

And you are correct on one thing. You are definitely an A$$ Hole.

AltamahaDawg

May 12th, 2009
3:15 pm

Lenny, I don’t really think that the folks making fun of the rivals in our blogs are very likely to be the ones that are hanging out in their blogs. Do you?

Huh?

May 12th, 2009
3:21 pm

Gatorzone, I obviously agree, but you seem to underestimate the stupidity of the casual college football fan.

Bill King

May 12th, 2009
3:26 pm

The Gators suck and Hershal Talker you wanna know who I am? Well look no further, I’m your father.

Bill King

May 12th, 2009
3:28 pm

Hershal Talker, your mom is scary looking.

Otto

May 12th, 2009
3:36 pm

ATLGator, It is really scary you have enough of a man crush on Tim to put your girl in Tebow panties, or are they for you?

steve

May 12th, 2009
3:40 pm

TE – #1 Lynch, #2 Charles, #3 Ros. Bring Ros in to block in 2 TE situations. Hope nobody else gets hurt, would hate to bring poor Kiante Tripp back over from Defense!

AltamahaDawg

May 12th, 2009
3:44 pm

….or are they for you….see now, that was funny.

Sanford Drive

May 12th, 2009
3:52 pm

1eyedJack,

I assume they are referring to the players coming in the door, but who knows for sure! Seriously though, crickets on recruiting. Not good.

tim

May 12th, 2009
3:56 pm

as usual you weak puppies jumped on the 4 loss number just like I knew you girls would. You can bet that this year you’ll have at least 4. I love the way you pups stick out proud chests while saying CMR is 82 and squat since he’s been at uga. Well guess what ladies you don’t have that cryseal football in your barren trophy case….what, I can’t hear you. That’s right last year pre-season all you losers blogged about was winning the MNC until Bama smoked you at home excuse me didn’t the #1 NFL pick qb that game as well as Florida. Hope he’s better at Detroit because he never did squat for uga. Every spring you ladies talk plenty of trash and in the fall you get so quiet…almost as quiet as the dogs side of the field in Jax last year. Y’all are just to easy to rile because you know you’ll never beat UF and it kills you every year…see you in Jax losers

Herschel Talker

May 12th, 2009
3:58 pm

Hey Bill King at 3:28 (which is obviously not the real Bill King or else it would be grayed out) – nice spelling.

SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHO THE HECK BILL KING IS AND HOW HE GOT THIS BLOG. WHAT QUALIFIES HIM TO WRITE ON THE DAWGS?

BS Patrol

May 12th, 2009
4:06 pm

Self congratulatory patty cake.

Pago Flyer

May 12th, 2009
4:21 pm

Well now the Fl papers have picked up on Richt’s comments about the Gator Bowl. Being too hot for the DAWGS, too far to go, blah blah blah.
Pretty embarrasing!

JaxDawg

May 12th, 2009
4:33 pm

Tallcarl- my earlier post was meant for the idiots like tim & saint simons, NOT the classy posters like Bama Stan who actually have something intellegent to say.

Lenny- give that lame “Tebow was hurt in 07″ crap a rest. For starters it was his NON-throwing shoulder that was hurt, and second if he was THAT banged up urban wouldn’t have continued to try to run him up the middle.
The Dawgs will be better than most think. Winning starts in the trenches and we were banged up all year there. The biggest loss we had last year was J.Owens, but it got Geno Atkins a chance to really come into his own, and they will be a force in the middle.

Last year’s o-line was so beat up that we only had 2 consecutive weeks with the same starting five and by the last few games we only had one lineman (Ben Jones) playing in his natural position. Where that was a weakness last year, this year it will be a strength. Everyone will be back in their natural position on the o-line and many will be cross-trained in other positions. If you don’t think continuity on the o-line is important, just ask Bama. They had to move a couple of guys around for the bowl game and look at how it disrupted their line. Not taking anything away from Utah, but I have a feeling the outcome of that game might have been different if they had to face the same line other SEC teams did.
GO DAWGS!

gomdawg

May 12th, 2009
4:51 pm

Gators have you heard when Tim Tebow leaves next year Meyers is leaving to .

the real jaxdawg

May 12th, 2009
5:03 pm

Wow Bama Stan! Thanks for your assessment on UGA’s upcoming 2009 season. That’s actually pretty weird! Don’t get out much??

nerdhater

May 12th, 2009
5:06 pm

Lynch is a beast him and A.White will be fine eventhough they are young they have great hands. O.Charles is going to be a match up problem for anyone , he is to strong for CBs and Safeties and to fast for Lbs. B.Smith will play a lot of WR because of his speed and they won’t need him on defense trust me our “D” will be our strength.

SOUTHGADAWG88

May 12th, 2009
5:18 pm

We go into this season with more questions than answers.To depend so much on incoming freshman and 1st year players at many key positions it kinda keeps my enthusiasm in check a bit.1st thing is QB-we have no experience at the most important position on the field.Joe Cox?I’m really not buying it..Cox came in and saved the day against a Colorado team that won what 3 games that year?He went out the next game against Ole Miss and was absolutely horrible…I mean let’s not sugar coat it guys..he was a total disaster that game against an average SEC team…he looked over matched and you never saw him get anymore serious playing time until now.I think Gray or one of the freshman will be the starter by the 4th game at the latest.There is going to be a learning curve for whoever plays QB.Teams get to scheme for you,analyze your weaknesses,set up gameplans to take away your strengths and what not.It could take a guy 7-8 games to find his stride 1st year playing SEC caliber football.Why waste it on a senior who has limited ability?Don’t see it happening.RB-not much experience here either.The thing people forget about Moreno’s breakout Soph yr is that Thomas Brown rushed for almost a 1,000 yrds that yr as well!We had no where near that kind of sharing the rock last year.So I really don’t know what we have at RB.There is talent for sure but they are going to be baptized by fire just like the QB.WR’s-Green,Moore then what?King and Troupe were highly regarded out of HS yet have little real game experience between them.Brown looks like he will be running over DB’s and safeties for a few years at UGA from what I have seen on film but that doesn’t mean He is going to come in and star right away..AJ had a sr WR,1st pick over all at QB and the best player on the team at RB to ease him into the spotlight he garnered by the end of the season.It’s a different story for these WR’s coming in this year.Btw Wooten is at 150 lbs which is smaller than King.CMR’s biggest gripe with King seems to be blocking ability in the run game….150?…I don’t know how much impact he will really have.TE-last year we struggled at TE with injuries and poor play.Now we have 2 freshman who want get here until fall camp and a tweener in White who didn’t do much with all the opportunities he had last year.btw Charles and White are exactly the same size which leaves Lynch as our blocking TE.Like I said with the above no real game experience at another key spot.You know it’s good to have talent but talent without experience leads to mistakes..It’s a fact..i have no doubts all these kids will be good to great players eventually(considering our staff’s success in putting guys in the pro’s you know we can pick talent)however they must learn by being thrown into the ring ready or not because they are ALL we have.The good news is that the guts of the team,,the lines both will be solid.I think the DL will be outstanding.Owens,Atkins and Weston and Tyson make up the best DT rotation we have ever had at UGA!! I see Owens and Atkins as 1st rd picks..overall I think we will have 6 guys from our Defense get drafted next year.So with an excellent OL and much improved..I say potentially dominating Defense..I can see us winning 9-10 games..I think most of our games will be close probably 6-7 games decided by 6 pts or less and we will win some we were expected to lose and lose a couple we were expected to win.9-4 0R 10-3

shane#1

May 12th, 2009
5:31 pm

Juat a couple of thoughts, or maybe three. I think White and Charles will contribute next season. The line should be more mature and more talented with the return of Vance and Sturdivant. From all reports Cordy Glen is turning into a beast. Having a line that can dominate will free the TEs, they won’t have to be held back to help block like last year. Now here’s the good part, White and Charles have the speed to break it open. These guys have wide reciever type speed, something UGA hasn’t had from the TE posistion. Figgins is a great blocker and has good hands and Chandler was not slow, but neither of those guys could take it to the house like White and Charles. One more thing, ya’ll need to lay off Ros. UGA can give 85 scholarships and only 22 guys can start. A man’s worth cannot be measured by how often he sees the field but by what he does for the team. Ros is a weight room warrior and one of the strongest guys on the team. He was a leader in the off season workouts. We aren’t on the practice field or in the weightroom so we don’t know how valuable a player is to the team. Ros’s teammates and coaches are the only people that know his true worth and I haven’t heard any of them complaining.

dd

May 12th, 2009
5:45 pm

tech has ugly women

82 wins in 8 years and no nc crown

May 12th, 2009
5:48 pm

Now that sucks!

UGA has fat ugly women

May 12th, 2009
5:50 pm

with double chins, plenty junk in the trunk.

Otto wear Tim Tebow panties

May 12th, 2009
5:54 pm

Dawgtime

May 12th, 2009
5:59 pm

Okay morons. The topic is TE play at UGA and possible WR play. It has nothing to do with the Gators, Tide, or the Jackets. Stick to the topic or find another blog. The past is the past. We can all find stats that supports our arguments but that has nothing to do with the topic. Get a clue. Aaron White will emerge as a awesome TE this year. He will remind you of Randy McMichael. Tall rangy kid with good speed and great hands. I like the freshmen, but it is so early to say. They have never played against college level talent. Bryce Ros is going to make a great blocker.

does BuLL have a best friend?

May 12th, 2009
6:00 pm

Hope the fresh can tackle so that last game of the year in Atl will be competitive.

Dawg_Em_Out

May 12th, 2009
6:21 pm

seems when everyone isnt expecting much, the dawgs tend to suprise us all….

BUZZ

May 12th, 2009
6:22 pm

And I’ll bet Sugar Hill Dawg a case of PBR and Red man that we win again tonight. I love it. I mean I really love it. I love everything about shutting Georgia down and Georgia fans UP!

nerdhater

May 12th, 2009
6:39 pm

You guys are in for a huge surprise when UGA takes the field against OK state. GT will lose 4 games this year because the triple option will be snuffed out and shut we are going to see why big time programs stop running that crap. P.S. SOUTHGADAWG88 Don’t ever dawg our team or our Qb again J.cox and Stafford played bad that game because they were both freshmen so shut up , if you’re going to be a fan then be a fan, you don’t dog your own team and have people from other trams agree with you.

SOUTHGADAWG88

May 12th, 2009
7:11 pm

NO NERDHATER..YOU SHUT UP!!!! I call it like I see it..I’m a dawg to the core but I am NOT an unabashed cheerleader for any player! I look at the DAWGS like my family,I will support them 100 percent but I will tell em the truth rather it hurts or not.That is what you expect from family..honesty and support.Cox had his chance..he couldn’t beat out Stafford plain and simple.When he did get a chance to play those were the results..simple as that..it is in the best interest of the TEAM that if your QB is gonna take his lumps in his first year(as he surely will,no matter who he turns out to be)you would rather him be able to put that hard earned experience to the benefit to the TEAM for the next 2-3 years after that!Not some feel good story about a sr getting his shot just because his a sr.Sure the DAWGS are gonna surprise people this year!The D will be awesome this year however our O will be a work in progress what do you expect?Stafford and Moreno were special guys and we will all be reminded of that THIS year.If it was so easy to just throw out freshman and 1st year players on the field and still win in this league it wouldn’t be the home of 4 out of the last NC’s ..get a grip!!!

SOUTHGADAWG88

May 12th, 2009
7:14 pm

That’s 4 out of the last 5 MNC’s btw

AltamahaDawg

May 12th, 2009
9:31 pm

88, we should be throwing our FR QB out there, or we shouldn’t be in this league? You seemed to make both cases, or I misunderstood. And Who said Cox was getting a shot just because he was a senior? I have heard a couple of bloggers say that, but the coaches certainly haven’t. I am all for the best player getting the job, as is everyone, but who says Cox didn’t prove to be that in the weeks of spring drills, and hours of film room quizes?

Hunk Erdown

May 12th, 2009
9:53 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88

May 12th, 2009
10:36 pm

This is what I am saying Altamahadawg.I doubt Joe T really was that far ahead of Cox,Barnes or Stafford his senior year however the staff said the same things about his ability to lead the team.Mind you he went through spring and fall camp that year as the starter however it wasn’t long after the season started that we knew that he was not going to be much more effective than the youngsters behind him.I know he did get hurt but by that time it was already clear that the other kids might have been a better option right out the gate.In my opinion it is better to play the kid with maybe more ability and less experience and ride out his ups and downs thru that season ,you will probably lose a game or two just to his lack of experience but it sets the table for your next 2-3 years.Cox may have more talent than Joe T but he is in the same position.If he steps it up and plays lights out great!!But probably he will struggle like most 1st year players and I consider him to be a 1st year player in the fact this will really be his first time being THE GUY in the toughest league in the country with.. let’s be honest a very thin resume.I’m sure Joe T knew that playbook inside and out and probably aced all the pop quizzes..as a senior in the program should.Continuing that point about inexperience with so many true freshman and 1st year players expected to be given ton’s of playing time at the skill positions on offense it’s unrealistic to think it’s just a matter of putting them out there and we will be ok.That’s why I say 9-10 wins are pretty much an honest assessment of our chances this year.I don’t think Cox starting wall to wall,playing every snap would improve on that by much if any so why not give em a shot and if he does struggle go with the guys who will be playing for you next year and beyond.On a side note I think we beat Fla,LSU and GT but get nipped by surprise by a couple of teams.It should still be an exciting season!

bank walker

May 12th, 2009
10:59 pm

I believe Orson Charles is gonna be a big time player, and produce early. He is an athlete that could possibly play DE. He’s got the size, frame and speed.

AltamahaDawg

May 12th, 2009
11:22 pm

JoeT got hurt in the first series of the second game. And by then it was clear he shouldn’t have started? Based on what?

SamoanDawg

May 12th, 2009
11:22 pm

Aron White needs to improve his blocking. He gets manhandle by DE. He’s a good receiver ’til the G-Day.. needs to be more consistent.

Bryce Ros, IMHO, I think he needs to move to FB. He would prolly be better at FB than at TE. He will get buried by the incoming freshmen.

Arthur Lynch, a protypical TE. If he can come in and physically block, we’ll utilized him more than Aron White.

Orson Charles, we’ve all heard, he’ll line up more at slot. I agreed with that.. find the whole in cover 2 zone from TE/Slot and sit in it.. Charles and Cox can play catch all day long.. keep the chain moving.

It would interesting if Bruce Figgins will redshirt. He still has a redshirt to burn. I guess depends if we desperately need him for his blocking by then.

Don’t let the dawgs out! Stay on the porch ’till camp!

AltamahaDawg

May 12th, 2009
11:32 pm

And not trying to pick at this, but I just don’t get your point, which is my problem. JoeCox could win 9-10 games but no more, and the freshman can’t be expected to just go out there and do well, but JoeCox shouldn’t be starting because why? Surely something besides JoeT because at some point that story isnt going to apply to every situation where we have a senior QB. We have also had some seniors do well in that situation, over the years. Who exactly are you saying should be the starting QB going into the fall?

Hunk Erdown

May 12th, 2009
11:41 pm

You know, its almost a shame that CMR is able to recruit such great QBs because only one of them can play at a time. I’m sick and tired of morons comparing Joe Cox with Joe T III. The only real comparison is that they both are named Joe. As long as the nation’s best QB recruits are lining up to come play for Coach Richt, and those QBs are going straight from UGA into the NFL, I think I will trust his judgement on who should start. To make predictions that Joe Cox will have to be replaced by the fourth game just shows a complete lack of faith in CMR and the entire program. Joe Cox has the complete support of the entire team and I guarantee you that if Logan Grey or any of the other QBs felt that Cox was getting the job because he is a senior, and not because he is the most qualified for the job they would be transferring so fast it would make your head spin.

Hunk Erdown

May 12th, 2009
11:56 pm

Some people on here act like this whole QB thing just started when Stafford decided to cut out early. The fact is; each position on the team, from starter to the fourth man on the depth chart is established through competition on the field. Ever since Logan Grey has been here, for instance, he has been afforded the opportunity to compete for the QB spot. He was not able to unseat Stafford and he has also not been able to unseat Cox. If Grey were the better of the two at the position, Cox would not be the starter. So please understand that Cox, Grey and everyone else that wants to be the QB at UGA has had the chance to compete for the job. Cox has consistently beat out all challengers for the back up position and now the starter position. This DID NOT just start when Stafford decided to go pro.

AltamahaDawg

May 13th, 2009
12:33 am

But you conceed they are both named Joe?

FL DAWG

May 13th, 2009
1:38 am

Ga fans we need all the players to step up from Joe Cox to Marlon Brown and Orson Charles. Our defensive players have to step up on the ends and as DB’s. Receivers have to catch the balls thrown to them. Last year was an improvemente, however spring looked a lot like 07. The line play will be the key to how well the offense and the defense perform this year. Give Joe Cox a chance, he has a lot of potential. While I like what I have seen of Logan Grey, I trust the coaches know a lot more than me and know they will do what is in the best interest of the team as far as who starts ahead of who. Go Dawgs!

Hunk Erdown

May 13th, 2009
1:57 am

Not only do I deny the allegation, I also deny the allegator.

SOUTHGADAWG88

May 13th, 2009
2:20 am

OK..maybe I need to put this another way.First of all like I said earlier I expect a 9-10 win season this year..I guess the clarifying point is….that is with Joe Cox at QB or Logan Gray or 1 of the freshman..get me?I don’t think QB is going to be the strength of this team period.With Cox I haven’t seen anything that would leave me to think he can take us to 13-0,12-1 or 11-2.I think he can manage the game well enough to get us 9-10 wins.Having said that I think Gray or Murray could also accomplish the same but for a different reason.Cox knows the system well and is probably a good vocal leader.That said I don’t think he is that great a player.If he had the game he would have played more than he has.We can chirp back in forth all night about Joe T or DJ Shockley if you like but Cox is no Shockley.Green is the all time leader in wins in CFL yet Shockley saw the field a lot more than Cox.Stafford was a special player but he gave multiple opportunities for Cox to step in and get some run during his tenure.If the guy had it he would have played more period.As for Gray or Murray I like their type of game…good arm and mobile,an ability to move around the pocket,see the field and make a play with their running ability.I think the Charlie Ward/Dj Shockley style of CMR’s offense is where we are headed and of the 3 I think Cox would be least effective.He does not have a strong arm or run very well either.I do think that Gray or Murray would make more mistakes than Cox but they bring more athletic ability to the field..they have enough talent from what I saw in the spring game…that if that continued through fall camp those kids can get us to 9-10 wins as well.The thing is those kids have a chance to get BETTER.Cox wont be back.I say again..We will be leaning on a lot of FR or 1st year players at key spots QB,DE,CB,TE and WR.While I think we have the talent …youth will get u beat sometimes in a good league.My point about QB in particular though is all things considered…go with the young guys..they can get us the same amount of wins with the potential to be a monster offense next year.

SOUTHGADAWG88

May 13th, 2009
2:29 am

Oh yeah I almost forgot about RB.

Harry

May 13th, 2009
2:33 am

dont forget about freshman zach cone, pride of Parkview. Drafted 3rd round to the Angels…