Georgia freshman Lynch hopes to carry on TE tradition

Continuing my series of Q&As on notable incoming freshmen, today we turn our attention to Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch.

TE Arthur Lynch

Fellow freshman tight end Orson Charles got most of the buzz in the Bulldogs’ 2009 signing class but a lot of people don’t realize Lynch was actually ranked higher than Charles by Rivals.com. Rivals considered Lynch, of Dartmouth, Mass., the No. 2 tight end in the nation while it ranked Charles No. 7. Scout.com had Charles at No. 3 and Lynch at No. 5.

By any measure, the Bulldogs clearly got two very good tight end prospects to continue the program’s rich tradition at that position. That gives them six tight ends in camp, including returning lettermen Bruce Figgins, Aron White, Bryce Ros and Derek Rich. Figgins will miss the first six games of the season as part of a suspension for team rules violations. White is the No. 1 on the depth chart but sat out Georgia’s most recent scrimmage, so Lynch and Charles each got a lot of snaps. Lynch had two catches for 19 yards and a touchdown and Charles had three for 55 and two scores.

Lynch (6-foot-5, 255 pounds) and Charles (6-3, 230) each bring something different to the field. Lynch is the more traditional tight end who can move some bodies on the line of scrimmage and pop outside and haul in a pass. Charles, like White, is more of pass-catching threat who can flex outside and stretch a defense down the middle.

Lynch sat down and talked recently about his recruitment to Georgia, how he thinks he’ll fit in and whether he’ll play this season.

Q: Obviously there is no shortage of tight ends at Georgia, yet both you and Charles signed in the last class. How did the coaches address that during the recruiting process?

A: “From the very beginning they were very straight with me. I was like, ‘Well, Coach, I just want to know what other tight ends you’re recruiting. If I commit are you going to recruit four more tight ends?’ He said, ‘We’ve offered two and that’s you and Orson Charles.’ I had never heard of him before then so I looked him up and I was like, ‘all right.’ The next time we talked I asked them what was [Charles] like and they said he was a hybrid guy, he can flex, he can go outside or play inside. I was like, ‘What do you think of me? And they said, ‘We think you’re athletic enough to be a pass-catcher and big enough to play in the line — a balanced tight end.’ . . . So really there was nobody leading me on. It was very up straight. That was a big thing that the coaches were up front about it and I’m glad I chose Georgia.”

Q: Now that you’re here, how do you think you guys are fitting in?

A: “Orson’s beefed up. He’s at about 230 now so he can really play in the line. I’m about 255. So we both complement one another, just like Aron and Bruce complement one another. . . . Orson’s doing great so far. He pushes me to be better and hopefully I’m pushing him to be better.”

Q: It was 97 degrees when you guys practiced today. How has your adjustment been from New England weather?

A: “To be honest, I adapted pretty well. I’m hot all the time but I haven’t cramped up once, knock on wood. I’ve been here since May 30th when I moved in and started taking classes, so that’s helped. It’s definitely different. It’s a different lifestyle. I miss home a lot. I miss my mom. But that’s not something I can control. I had to move on some day. There’s a lot of things I miss but family is the main thing.”

Q: What has been your teammates reactions to your New England accent in the middle of all these Southern drawls?

A: “Somehow they can’t understand me. Me and some of the kids have trouble. We talk to each other but we’ll be saying, ‘What? What? What?’ They think I say a lot of words weird, so it’s just different. That’s my accent, same as my mom, my grandparents. I can’t really change it. I definitely won’t be saying y’all.”

33 comments Add your comment

tim

August 13th, 2009
8:29 am

on Oct 31 Charles will have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Spikes…just like noshow did

I LOVE IT!

August 13th, 2009
9:11 am

I love all the arrogance from UF fans. We should just cancel the season and give them the national championship now. You’ve had a great run, but I think you are all in for a rude awakening this year… It’s a long way down from the top, and boy is it going to sting when UF hits the bottom. See you on Halloween…

Go Dawgs

Ropedawg

August 13th, 2009
9:13 am

Gators wear jean shorts

JDawg

August 13th, 2009
9:25 am

Mr. Spikes must be getting paid really well at Florida bc it is apparent he was going to be an early draft pick and after listening to him speak it is also apparent he is no scholar. So why did he stay at UF bc of his love for that greasy haired coach!

BigMike

August 13th, 2009
9:27 am

Oct 31 the Gators will lose game #2 Gauranteed!

jimmy

August 13th, 2009
9:36 am

maybe mr lynch can teach our country boys the kings english

MiltonDawg

August 13th, 2009
9:57 am

Sounds like a solid guy. Looking forward to seeing him play,esp the formation of 2 TEs lined up.

MoDawg

August 13th, 2009
10:31 am

Sounds like a good kid! I’d love to see Lynch and Charles in some 2 tight-end sets and split Aron White out in the slot, or use Charles in the slot and White inside in the same set.

I like our options at TE this year, too MiltonDawg.

Besides, my 6′3″ 210 lb. son who plays both TE and DE resembles Lynch (minus the 2 inches in height and 50 lbs. of muscle), but my kid definitely says “Y’all”…

GATA, THWGT!

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 13th, 2009
10:50 am

Betcha he’ll be saying y’all before he finishes his career here in God’s country

Herman Archie

August 13th, 2009
11:00 am

Knowshon showed up for 188 yards… T-bow is 1-1 as a starting QB against the Dawgs. You UF people don’t have an off week before the WLOCP this year and we do. Team with off week before the game has won last 20 or so…

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 13th, 2009
11:21 am

Lynch and Charles will be a perfect balance for UGA . Lynch will always be at TE and Charles will play some at WR – so they are very different. They both have excellent hands and pass catching skills and they will both play a lot for the Dawgs and hopefully stay healthy and stay four years at UGA. These guys will play this year.

uuugh.

August 13th, 2009
11:40 am

Tim…maybe when Charles does meet Spikes, Penn Wagers will call Spikes for the Unsportsmanlike Penalty he should have called on that very same play with Knowshon last year, where your thug laid on top of him screaming in his face. If one of the dawgs players did the same thing Wagers would have thrown him out of the game.

I think this blog is right…as long a you and the World Wide Leader beleive the Gators will win the BCS this year…why do they even play the games?

Tuck Febow!

Reality Check

August 13th, 2009
12:00 pm

This guy (Lynch) is the real deal. He will play this year and so will Orson Charles. Charles will be used in the slot and probably get the ball on quick outs and reverses. He is a hoss… I am telling you he is gonna be something else.

Ehsanul Islam Sadequee

August 13th, 2009
2:26 pm

Welcome to Athens. Get used to losing to Tech.

Dawg Dude

August 13th, 2009
3:06 pm

Hey Tim, hopefully Charles will have the same “beginners luck” against UF that “noshow” had and we will see another uGA freshman have their coming out party against the Gaytors. See Herman Archie’s post for so caled “noshows” stats D-bag

Voice of Reason

August 13th, 2009
4:20 pm

what?! A UGA player might get tackled/hit by a UF player?! Oh no, we better call off the game. That isn’t what happens in football is it?

TECH FAN

August 13th, 2009
4:27 pm

I love dudes, especially ones that wear jorts.

fan

August 13th, 2009
4:39 pm

saint simmons isn’t a ajc employee. I m quoting jim carrey on this, Saint simmons is one pathetic loser who sits on the internet 24/7 waiting for new UGA posts. Seriously dude get a job

OSU scouting report: Georgia

August 13th, 2009
6:01 pm

BigMike

August 13th, 2009
6:38 pm

How about a empty Backfield, with a double tight end set and Green, and Brown on the outside !!

chazzo

August 13th, 2009
7:50 pm

I give him two years before he says ya’ll.

"Class of 80"

August 13th, 2009
8:18 pm

BigMike

EXACTLY!!

just bring back the “D”

DaltonDAWG706

August 14th, 2009
12:58 am

I still havent figured out why his name used to be arthur fontaine on scout and rivals both

Sad Richards

August 14th, 2009
6:01 am

I give this guy a year and it will show he wont pan out like the rest of these so called top recruits. BTW does he have a sore hamstring? Whats the next excuse?

Top Dogg

August 14th, 2009
7:42 am

Since 1985,GT has had a professor inflicting his child molesting skills while teaching sand castle construction.It all makes since now,nerds in Berkas=molesters with a degree!

Steve McDonough

August 14th, 2009
9:46 am

Lynch had somne family hang ups in New England that caused his to change his commit from BC where his mother and sister attended. Hope it works out for him at UGA.

Pensacola dawg

August 14th, 2009
11:08 am

We are glad that we have this young man. He will not only be a great contributor but a good student as well!

Valdosta Dawg

August 14th, 2009
12:12 pm

Hey “I Love it” where was Mr. Spikes in 2007 when Knowshon blistered the Lizards for 188 yards? We will see y’all in October!
We are glad to have both Lynch and Charles.

Orlando Dawg

August 14th, 2009
1:12 pm

I know where Spikes was in 2007….chasing MO Mass down the sidelines on his 85 yeard TD. I also know why he stayed this year. He’s mad that Tebow didn’t give him a kiss like he kissed Joiner a couple years ago.
If the Dawgs stay healthy, we WILL beat Florida.

ATL

August 14th, 2009
2:51 pm

Spikes will be a bust in the NFL…. That is why he stayed.

Sammy Jones

August 14th, 2009
4:15 pm

lazydawg

August 19th, 2009
10:23 am

Hey Tim, Spikes can’t run with Charles but I hope he is covering him.

Higzfam

August 24th, 2009
7:40 pm

Stay true, Artie!