Tight ends: Orson Charles reprises high school role as Murray’s target

(Third in a summer series looking at Georgia’s football team by position.)

TODAY: TIGHT ENDS

  • Returning starter: Junior Aron White started 12 games last season, but sophomore Orson Charles is currently listed No. 1 on the depth chart.
  • Others to watch: Junior Bruce Figgins returns after redshirting last season due to shoulder surgery and a six-game suspension, and sophomore Arthur Lynch showed in the spring that he is ready to contribute, too.
  • Key losses: None.
  • Key fact: Charles caught 75 passes for 1,440 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior at Tampa’s Plant High School -– most of them from Aaron Murray, his quarterback then and now. Georgia is counting on that tandem connecting a lot this season and beyond.
  • Key question: Will the offense get maximum benefit from the depth of talent at tight end, taking some of the burden off a talented but not-so-deep group of wide receivers?
  • Recent developments: Not surprisingly, the Bulldogs worked a lot during the spring with two-tight-end alignments. And sometimes, as Murray described it at one point, “we’ll come out with two tight ends and [the defense] thinks we’re going to be in a two-tight formation and we split one out or split two out. It causes a lot of confusion [for the defense], just because of their athleticism.”
  • Outlook: Maybe the deepest position on the team, consisting of four players with complementary skills. Charles, who has the talent to be an All-SEC player, and White, who caught two touchdown passes in the Independence Bowl victory over Texas A&M,  should be big weapons as receivers. Figgins and Lynch are known more for their blocking, although Lynch -– rated the nation’s no. 2 TE prospect by Rivals.com coming out of high school in Dartmouth, Mass. — caught a memorable TD pass in the G-Day game.
  • Your turn: What say you about the tight ends?

Links to previous entries in this series:

Offensive line: With 155 career starts, the strength of the team?

Wide receivers: Green’s final season and Brown’s breakout season?

Tomorrow: running backs.

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144 comments Add your comment

Thenumber34

June 16th, 2010
6:34 am

Undoubtedly the best set of TE’s in the country. Should be easy targets for Murray, and I’m one who feels that Murray is going to have an outstanding year.

Erked Russell

June 16th, 2010
6:37 am

CHDawg

June 16th, 2010
6:54 am

I sure hope Bobo & Co. incorporate the shovel pass that UF perfected with Tebow and Hernandez. With this group, I would borrow every trick in everybody’s playbook to get the ball to any one of our talented TEs. Lynch sure looks like he knows what to do with the ball when he gets it, and he is probably expected to block when he is in there, thus making a shovel to him a better surprise.

Army Dawg in Iraq

June 16th, 2010
6:56 am

Great dept, hope we utilize them, especially Lynch, would hate to waste his talents as a reciever. What if they add Rome to the mix next year? Great to be a Bulldawg. By the way, its hotter than a dog here in Iraq.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

June 16th, 2010
6:58 am

Arthur Lynch is a very good receiver if they would ever throw him the ball and he is much larger than Charles who is hybrid WR and White who is tall but lean. Figgins is a great blocker who can catch over the middle. UGA is recruiting TE Rome (Valdosta, Ga.) heavily and would probably red shirt him his first year as White and Figgins will be seniors Rome’s freshman year. That would leave Charles, Lynch and Figgins for Rome to compete with his redshirt freshman year and Rome would likely be the starter his sophomore year.. Rome is ranked as either the #1 or #2 TE in the country and his father Stan Rome was one of the most recruited athletes ever to come out of Georgia – in both football and basketball.

lanier

June 16th, 2010
6:59 am

Sounds okay but can they gain yards after the catch. All recieving TE’s can catch dinks its the YAC that matters

Thenumber34

June 16th, 2010
7:00 am

Army Dawg in Iraq….you rock! Thank you for your service!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

June 16th, 2010
7:00 am

looking forward to seeing Murray & Charles hook up again like they did in HS. I see Figgins though as the odd man out in this situation. You could start White/Charles/Lynch as your TE’s OR since our depth at WR is low, use Charles as the Flex WR/TE

Dawg

June 16th, 2010
7:02 am

Thanks Army Dawg for all you and your people do for us back home.

Hunker Down

June 16th, 2010
7:10 am

Speaking of remarkable catches by the TE, I made the voyage to Baton rouge 2 years ago with a friend sitting I might add in the LSU section of Tiger stadium far removed from my own Dawg fans and support group. Stafford and the Dawgs offense were in the shadow of their own goal line. Dawgs were clinging to a slight lead and the game was still yet to be decided. On a third down play Tiger stadium roared as the Dawgs came up to the line. And we hit the big tight end Aron White for a big gain as thier corner finally wrestled him to the ground but not before it gave the Dawgs a lot of real estate and a fresh set of downs. It was a huge turning point in the game that we would go on to win. I recall vividly jumping from my seat to cheer on my Dawgs and was told in a rather vulgar matter sit down as the natives had become restless. What better way to spend an afternoon come October.

Spike

June 16th, 2010
7:22 am

I saw Charles play in high school. The guy is a beast and an athletic freak. Throw him the damn ball!!

Paddy

June 16th, 2010
7:28 am

ARMY DAWG…..Doing your part and doing it right! We are all proud! Hope you get back in time to see the Dawgs play this fall. I don’t remember a college team ever having so much talent at TE. Any one have a comperable?

Vinny D

June 16th, 2010
7:41 am

If we somehow got Jay Rome too….WOW.

JB

June 16th, 2010
7:41 am

Best group of TE’s in the country…..split out two TE’s and AJ and then fake the pass and give to Ealey on the Draw………..WHOA.

alcoadawg

June 16th, 2010
7:49 am

Thinking ahead to the GA-FLA game, Murray and Charles will be playing against some of the same players they whipped in high school. I saw the extra spark in Ealey and King in the GT game last year.Those high school blood feuds are a great motivator, not that one is needed in that game, but it is something to look for.

turkeycaller

June 16th, 2010
7:53 am

It comes down to who is the best blocker. Looks like a solid bunch. Fresh bodies anyway if we platoon.

Pookadoprelanderschitzel

June 16th, 2010
8:13 am

These guys are great athletes and should be a real strength of the offense.

Dawg4life

June 16th, 2010
8:20 am

Let me go ahead and get it out of the way before the techies have time to post:

GT’s TE’s are the best in the world
Tech has won 76 more NC’s than UGA
We won a game once (have the ring to prove it)
UGA’s TE’s are thugs
GT has the smallest testicles in Div-I
CPJ has a bigger bra size than CMR

There, now we won’t have to worry about the nerds…

I think the TE’s, and the secondary WR’s are going to be the catalyst for UGA’s offense. With everyone expecting run, and double teaming AJ, these 2 positions are going to see a lot of action. Orson Charles can also be used in a receiver role, which makes him twice as dangerous. The offense is going to be just fine.

PS- Thanks Army Dawg for your service from a former Marine. Be safe, and don’t eat the Charms…

tight

June 16th, 2010
8:24 am

I say we do a 4 tight end set and really confuse the heck out of every one.

Spike

June 16th, 2010
8:26 am

Dwag4Life.. Could not have said it better.

Spike

June 16th, 2010
8:27 am

Sorry, spell police.. Dawg4Life.

AltamahaDawg

June 16th, 2010
8:37 am

I have been salivating over the 2 TE formation all year. How many options does that give you? AH, to see those LB looking over at each other , pointing and jesturing. “are you sam? I’m sam?”

1eyedJack

June 16th, 2010
8:51 am

Dawg4life

The closest GT can come to a tight end is the practice dummy on the scout team.

DAWG DAZ

June 16th, 2010
8:56 am

Murray will hit whoever is open, and won’t zero in on Charles just because they went to school together. I used to watch these two at some of the Nike 7 on 7 games where they mix the best players, and the vast majority were trying to get on the Murray & Charles’ team. Murray got the ball to the open guy and never forced the ball to Charles, just in case some of you are worried about Murray playing favorites.
The year before Charles played at Plant, there was another kid who went to Auburn by the name of Winter’s who caught 95 passes. Winter’s reminded me of Fred Biletnikoff the way he always seemed to get open. Although these 2 caught the majority of the passes, the other receivers, if open, were thrown the ball. Plant used the pass to move the ball in lieu of running the ball, so there were plenty of balls to go around. As a matter of fact, Murray was the leading rusher his junior season gaining almost 1,000 yds and averaging about 10 yds a carry. Not too bad for a Midget and someone who’s always hurt LOL.
By the end of the season, after Murray gets some games under his belt, I think all of the receivers, the team, and the coaches are going to see a high powered offense with a balanced attack. UGA should be moving the sticks, the D will be on the sidelines, and all the fans should be happy.
The next few years will be fun to watch.

Toms Thumb

June 16th, 2010
8:57 am

Other than having a midget QB who sucked during G-day, the humpers have a bright future.

Urban Meyer

June 16th, 2010
8:58 am

Looks good on paper! I guess they were just hiding Murrays talent and that “hypothetically” explosive combination in the G-Day game. Wouldn’t want to give away any secrets. Wait, was Murray the #1 QB after the G-Day game, I think not!

You Tube Scout

June 16th, 2010
9:04 am

Other than Murray’s great performances against D linemen who were the same height as him in High School the ONLY performance that we have seen, he looked confused, short and extremely nervous. It’s a good thing dogs have short memories, although you do still talk about “our” National Championship team.

PHIL

June 16th, 2010
9:05 am

I think its going to be difficult for people to realize the level and amount of offensive talent this team possesses because there aren’t going to be enough touches to go around for everyone.

There are at least two big league running backs, at least 6 talented WR, and 4 TE that could start most for anyone in the country. Getting the ball around to 12 players enough for them to be recognized for their talent is going to be difficult. But possibly not as difficult as it’s going to be for the defense to get the right personnel groups into position.

I am asking partially out of ignorance because I am not as familiar with teams in other conferences, but where is offensive talent at this level and this deep?? Not at AL. Not at FL. Other teams may have individuals that are more talented. But as a group, 2 deep, where is there more offensive talent than here? Can you imagine these 5-10 corners and nickels trying to cover a TE and Durham and AJ? See the Falcons from last year and you’ll learn it ain’t happening. With the schedule, some luck, fewer injuries and if the defense comes along, this could be a momentum changing year.

Toms Thumb

June 16th, 2010
9:07 am

And I have facts to back it up…..Another midget QB who sucks is Drew Brees. And I also recall David Greene having a horrible Spring game and he turned out to be horrible too.

OC_Dawg

June 16th, 2010
9:07 am

Best TE’s in the nation! I hope we add Jay Rome from Valdosta too!

Spokesman for the SEC East

June 16th, 2010
9:09 am

I know Drew Brees and Murray is no Drew Brees, he looked like he was scared $hitless at gday.

Urban's Doctor

June 16th, 2010
9:09 am

Please go take your meds so you don’t have another heart attack. And actually Murray was the starter after and before spring. Please don’t comment on here if you have no idea what you are talking about.

college is forever

June 16th, 2010
9:11 am

Army Dog, All of us in Bulldog Nation are proud of you and and are honored to have you as a UGA fan. Drink lots of water, be safe and hurry home to you loved ones. Go Dawgs!!!

Spokesman for the SEC East

June 16th, 2010
9:11 am

Urban, actually Richt was relieved that Mett stepped on his johnson because he always liked murray better, even though his play sucked. Word his that Murray rubs Richt down with suntan oil before he jumps on the tanning bed.

Urban's Doctor

June 16th, 2010
9:14 am

Spokesman for the SEC East – Did you see him two years ago in the GDAY game? He by far played the best out of all the QB’s that day. I love how all these haters are going to rate a QB on how he performed during a practice scrimagge. You idiots obvisouly never played football. LMAO!!!!!!!

Yikes!

June 16th, 2010
9:17 am

If you aren’t a fan of UGA why would you watch the GDAY game? Obsessed much?

Yikes!

June 16th, 2010
9:17 am

Spokesman for the SEC East – If you aren’t a fan of UGA why would you watch the GDAY game? Obsessed much?

SimpleDawg

June 16th, 2010
9:18 am

Athletic tight ends who can operate in space and down field create lots of problems for defenses…..see Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates. In college, they create even more confusion in coverages, as well as creating mismatches in personnel. Orson Charles should have a huge year, and so should Aron White – if he stops dropping easy passes.

A big fast tight end running up the seams of a defense is a beautiful thing if you’re an offense, but it is a nightmare for a defense.

Toms thumb is up his arse

June 16th, 2010
9:20 am

WOW tommy…….you sound just like your president with all these “facts”………I have heard the name Drew Brees though……….let’s see……oh wait, I know….didn’t he win last years Super Bowl?? And David Greene was the winningest QB in college football. Yeah, you’re right….they both suck. Geez you’re a f*cking moron. Please go back to playing war of the worlds and let the big boys have a conversation.

dawgfan

June 16th, 2010
9:21 am

We’ve got playmakers so let’s make some damn plays and do it when it counts, not just against some sissy Georgia Tech defense. I want to see BIG plays in BIG games. I’m going to give it to the haters on one thing. UGA football has been a whole lot of hype the past two years and not much meaningful production. Sometimes the haters do have a point. I’m just tired of all the talking.

After a solid two decades of being a huge college football fan I can no longer bear the summer. It is like Chinese water torture and horrible. Preseason mags are a joke. College football preview TV shows are a total joke. All this media preseason crap is just regurgitating the same tired garbage over and over again. Wake me up when the games start.

Thanks.

Jax Gator

June 16th, 2010
9:25 am

Not sure why Gator fans are on here hating on Murray and Orson. Do you not know that both of them were huge targets that we were trying to land in the recruiting battle. We did about everything we could to get those two and unfortunately they picked UGA. They are studs!

Another tight end pprospect

June 16th, 2010
9:27 am

Tech’ girl beater DE will have to be a tight end in jail, as he will need to be. AHAHAHAHAHA

Tech boys love hitting girls. UGA men love squeezing them. See tech linemen in the 90s that beat up that itty, bitty girl at the old pizza joint, then on N Avenue at I-85.

Old Dawg

June 16th, 2010
9:31 am

With the running game and tight ends, UGA should have great success with time of possession and passing game, two aspects integral in the development of a young QB. The thing that impresses me the most about Charles and White is that they can run extremely well after making catches. And it appears Lynch can as well.

Spokesman for the SEC East

June 16th, 2010
9:32 am

Yikes, when you are a loser like me you have nothing better to do then to watch a team that you do not likes spring football game.

Adonisdaking

June 16th, 2010
9:33 am

GREAT DEPTH LETS GO DAWGS!

cantondawg

June 16th, 2010
9:34 am

How can we not get excited about the UGA offense. We have the #1 line in the SEC. The #2 running back combo (Sorry guys but AL has the #1 combo) and the #1 WR combo in the SEC. We should be much improved offensively. Defensively, i see great improvements as well. With an easier schedule, We should have a chance to win every game.

cantondawg

June 16th, 2010
9:43 am

Overall, i think this offense has the ability to be better than our 2007-2008 offenses with MS and KM. It all depends on the play of AM. He has a better overall supporting cast than Stafford did. If we could have had the experience of the OL in 2008 then i think we would have won the NC.

tampabigDAWG

June 16th, 2010
9:55 am

Our offense as a whole is full of so much talent. Depth maybe slacking in some positions but we have key players in key position. I hope that CMR got his hands on Murray personaly this off season and in early fall practice. Got to admit, CMR is a good QB coach. Hope BoBo didnt mess it up too bad. If we can be less predictable we will be ok. Our offense really hasn’t been bad offer the past few years. Even with Cox throwing so many INT we still put up points. Our D will make or break us. I think a good formation for Murray would be a Single TE set with White on the line. Green to WR left, Durahm Right, Charles SE Right, Ealey beside him in the shotgun. So many options from there. Stop and goes, cross underneath, and still be able to scramble. Whatcha think guys?

dawgfan

June 16th, 2010
10:16 am

I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard about that incident with the Tech lineman in the 90’s. It was one of the more horrific things I’ve ever heard of a football player doing. The Tech lie machine did an excellent job of sweeping that one under the rug. I had never heard of it until just recently. That guy was human trash and an excellent representative of The Institute. I think he got what, a game or two suspension from Coach Ross? What a class act. Go Jackets!!!

Uh oh, a UGA football player just got a ticket for littering. Thug Life!!!

Championships

June 16th, 2010
10:28 am

When we were winning SEC titles we had excellent tight ends. This is what I think has been missing from Bobo’s gameplan for awhile (or we didn’t have the horses). Remember how much damage Pope and Watson used to do on the long playaction post routes over the middle? They would catch a 20 yard pass and rumble through the defensive backfield. Charles has this ability to be a real problem for defenses. Too big for the fast, too fast for the big.