Ten@10: TE Aron White makes most of opportunity at UGA Pro Day

Sporting a new beard and increased upper-body strength, Georgia tight end Aron White had a strong showing for NFL scouts at UGA Pro Day on Monday. (UGA photo by John Kelley)

Sporting a new beard and increased upper-body strength, Georgia tight end Aron White had a strong showing for NFL scouts at UGA Pro Day on Monday. (UGA photo by John Kelley)

THE TEN AT 10

1. One of the Georgia football players who may have significantly helped his cause during UGA’s Pro Day on Monday is tight end Aron White.

White, a fifth-year senior who played the last couple of seasons in the shadow of All-American Orson Charles, performed very well for the 40-something NFL coaches and scouts gathered at Woodruff Practice Fields. He ran the fastest 40 time of the tight ends in the blustery conditions (4.71, according to one scout), looked considerably bigger in his upper body and said he had gained about 10 pounds since the end of the football season while training with “GATA.”

“I feel like I had a really good day out here,” said White, who weighed in at 239 pounds. “I felt very well prepared and I had all the confidence in the world. I felt like I was as prepared or more prepared than anybody else who came out here. I came out and hit the numbers I wanted and thought I performed well in the pass-catching drills. It got to the point where I almost felt loose out there. I wasn’t uptight at all. I felt like I could go out there and enjoy it and have fun because I knew I had prepared and worked hard.

White, who finished with 34 catches for 512 yards and 10 TDs at Georgia, said he has no idea whether he’ll get drafted or not. He just wants the opportunity to make a roster.

“It’s up in the air right now,” he said. “Hopefully my name gets called, second day, third day, whenever. I don’t care if my name doesn’t get called and somebody calls me on the phone the next day [as a free agent]. As long as I get a shot, I know I can come in and compete for a job because I’m willing to do do whatever it takes. If you’re hungry and you’re a player, they’ll find you. Hopefully I caught somebody’s eye out there and they’ll give me a chance.”

2. In case you missed it, here’s A LINK to a quick summary I wrote about UGA’s Pro Day. Meanwhile, AJC Falcons reporter D. Orlando Ledbetter filed a detailed report on how the day went for Orson Charles. While he didn’t run particularly well, Charles may get a pass due to the conditions and still has a shot to be the first tight end drafted.

3. Nine months ago, not long after new Georgia linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti and his family arrived in Athens from Washington D.C., his 4-year-old daughter Kasyn was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (A.L.L.). Little Kasyn has been going through treatment since and actually is doing quite well. But the wives of the Bulldogs’ coaches, in conjunction with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, got together to plan a fundraiser for cancer research in Kasyn’s honor.

Tuesday night at the Gwinnett Braves’ Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Georgia and Kennesaw will face off in the second annual Gwinnett Baseball Classic. All proceeds will go to the “Kasyn Cares Fund” at the Aflac Cancer Center. Individual tickets for the 7 p.m. game are $12 and they are being sold in packages up to $1,000. If you have more questions or would like to find out what else you can do, contact Renee Fraley at 404-785-7315.

Meanwhile, Athens Banner-Herald sports editor Chris White wrote a nice piece in which he talks to Katharyn Richt and some of the other coaches’ wives about what they’ve been doing to comfort the Olivadottis through this difficult time.

4. On the diamond, things have gotten a little shaky lately for the Georgia baseball team. After a strong start against a relatively tame schedule, the Bulldogs dropped their first two games of the season in the past week. They uncharacteristically committed three errors to drop a 7-4 decision to Western Illinois on Sunday and lost to Western Carolina 5-3 the previous Wednesday.

Georgia (10-2) will try to get several pitchers some work against Kennesaw State (5-6) and generally tighten up in several areas as the schedule is going to toughen considerably. UCLA, which is ranked among the Top 25 in all the college baseball polls, is in for a three-game set this weekend. The following weekend the Bulldogs will open SEC play against Tennessee (March 16-18).

5. Georgia’s men’s basketball team heads into the postseason this week in New Orleans when it takes on Mississippi State (21-10, 8-8) in the first round of the SEC Tournament (Thursday night, 10 p.m). State, you’ll recall, is one of the five SEC teams the Bulldogs (14-16, 5-11) beat this season. Georgia won 70-68 in overtime on the road on Feb. 11 over what was then a No. 20-ranked opponent.

What was different that night? Chiefly, the Bulldogs shot well from the perimeter. They made 42 percent of their 3-point shots, including six by freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who finished with 20 points and sunk the game-clinching shot.

“We have a good shooting team but we haven’t shot the ball good well year,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “It’s kind of been a real enigma. We felt like coming into the year we had a lot of guys who could make the 3. We just haven’t been as consistent shooting it as we hoped. But we did shoot it well that day. For us, when we win that’s been one of the keys for us. We’ve been able to sink perimeter jump shots. I’m certain that will be important on Thursday night as well.”

6. Georgia’s Matt Bucklin, a former walkon who was recently recognized during Senior Day this past Saturday, was named a member of the SEC’s Community Service Team this week for his off-court endeavors. A 6-foot guard from Marietta, Bucklin stays extremely busy with volunteer work. According to the news release, his activities include Christmas shopping with members of the Athens Boys and Girls Club, the “Friends Of Jaclyn” Foundation, “Do It For Broph” 5K Run/Walk, FCA speaker at Clarke Central High School, Camp TBI and UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Council, among other things.

7. The men’s team can only hope their conference tournament goes better than it did for coach Andy Landers’ Lady Bulldogs. After a getting a first-round bye, third-seeded and No. 16-ranked Georgia was upset by South Carolina 59-55. It was a poor-shooting night for the Lady Dogs (22-8), who went 2-of-11 (.182) from 3-point range and got just 4 points on 1-of-10 shooting from star sophomore Anne Marie Armstrong.

Georgia will get plenty of time to work on things. It has a full week to practice before NCAA tournament bids go out on Sunday.

8. I’m not sure how many of you are aware of the incredibly inspirational story that is the accomplishments of Jarryd Wallace, the son of UGA women’s tennis coach Jeff Wallace. Jarryd is a former high school state champion distance runner who, due to a rare muscle disorder, ended up having to have his lower right leg amputate in January of 2010. All Jarryd Wallace has done since then is win the gold medal in the 100-meter dash in the 2011 ParaPan Games and earn a spot to compete for the U.S. team in the 2012 Paralympics in London.

If you’d like to catch up on Jarryd’s story and, more importantly, keep up with what all is happening with him, he recently launched his own website. It’s aptly named aleginfaith.com — as in A Leg In Faith. Click it and see what all the fuss is about.

9. In case you missed it, last Friday the No. 4-ranked Gym Dogs had their best overall meet of the season as they out-scored third-ranked UCLA 197.70 – 196. Georgia had season-high totals on vault and beam and tied its season-best on bars. Georgia now leads the country with 24 consecutive rotations of scoring a 49.0 or better.

The Gym Dogs (6-3) take on N.C. State on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the final home meet of the season. But it’s unlikely they’ll have to venture far away the rest of the year. The SEC Championships (March 24) and the NCAA Championships (April 20-22) are both being held at the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.

10. THIS & THAT: Word late Tuesday morning was that wide receiver Tramel Terry, generally considered the top prospect in South Carolina, committed to Georgia. . . . Another one of Georgia’s women’s programs has a good shot of contending for the national championships. Coach Jack Bauerle’s SEC champion swimming and diving team heads to Auburn March 15-17 for the NCAA Championships with a national best 16 athletes ready to compete. . . . Georgia tennis teams opened the outdoor season this past week. The No. 4-ranked men recorded wins over South Carolina and No. 10 Florida while the No. 4-ranked women were upset by No. 15 Florida after beating the Gamecocks.

50 comments Add your comment

Chip Towers

March 6th, 2012
11:01 am

Sorry, didn’t realize the “comments closed” toggle was on. Please feel free to comment all you want. . . .
Hey, am I first? How weird is that?

BigDawg

March 6th, 2012
11:05 am

BigDawg

March 6th, 2012
11:06 am

First or Second?!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

March 6th, 2012
11:07 am

Prayers & Best wishes to Kirk’s daughter. Thanks for the updates Chip, if all is true, great news on Terry’s commit

BigDawg

March 6th, 2012
11:08 am

Aron White wouldn’t be the first non-starting Dawg to stay and play in the NFL, ask Danny “DJ” Ware

hipdawg

March 6th, 2012
11:10 am

Hope that news about Terry is true.What a great get if so.

Bigdsel

March 6th, 2012
11:11 am

hipdawg

March 6th, 2012
11:22 am

Great news!!!Ramsey to Terry.Hope we here alot of that!CSP is poutting after his back handed remarks of getting great ga. players….karma is a b…..p.s. Saban didn’t get this one!!!

UGA Insider

March 6th, 2012
11:27 am

My son was diagnosed with ALL at age 2 and was treated successfully for the next 5 years. Although for females the protocol is only 3 years which is a great thing for Kasyn.. Boys are treated longer because the cancer can hide in the testicles. Anyways, let me tell the Olivadotti family this….. What you are going through is no fun and is very tough at times. The chemo, steroids, low blood counts….it sucks but guess what…If you do what the docs say you can beat it and go on to live a normal life that many take for granted. We didn’t get to go to a public place with my son for many years until old friend Loran Smith invited him field level to a UGA game. Today, my son is in 2nd grade and is as healthy and happy as in kid in school. Good luck Kasyn and family! Also, special thanks to the crew at MCG in Augusta, GA. Dr Howell Rocks!!

Old Dawg

March 6th, 2012
11:29 am

Wow, that’s sad news about coach Olivadotti’s daughter, Kasyn. I lost my son, Benjamin-Hayes, to A.L.L. 12 years ago. The doctors and staff at Egleston were great and provided the best of care. And the community of Madison, GA was as good a place to live during as crisis as can be imagined.

I’ll keep them in my prayers, along with the hundreds of thousands of other children who fight the good fight against A.L.L. and all forms of cancer.

DIT

March 6th, 2012
12:02 pm

Any additional news on recruits leaning towards UGA after this weekend?

Dawg Haus

March 6th, 2012
12:03 pm

How nice to hear there’s such a strong support network for Kasyn. We should all keep her and the Olivadotti family in our thoughts and prayers.

Aron White would be a great pick-up for any NFL team. The guy has all the physical tools to make it at the next level. He also played with as much heart as any Dawg I’ve seen in a while.

Hoopster

March 6th, 2012
12:27 pm

Orson Charles first Tight End drafted? In what draft? The United Football League?

trupert

March 6th, 2012
12:49 pm

Here we go again! last year Richt brought in the best players from Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.

Looks like Richt’s already started it again this recruiting season with South Carolinas # 1 prospect in Tramel Terry, with Derrick Henry already on board and a possible # 1 from Florida. GATA, and go Dawgs!!!

Barking Dawg

March 6th, 2012
1:13 pm

Maybe UGA should outsource Strength and Conditioning to GATA if a fifth year senior works out there for a couple months and makes the improvements White did.

Barking Dawg

March 6th, 2012
1:13 pm

Maybe UGA should outsource Strength and Conditioning to GATA if a fifth year senior works out there for a couple months and makes the improvements White did.

Try Harder

March 6th, 2012
2:15 pm

Chip, can you follow up on Aron White’s increased upper body strength and gaining 10 pounds? The UGA strength and conditioning program has been criticized and undergone many changes the last few years. Just curious how a guy like White who has been in the “program” for four years can make such strides in a few months working a different regimen. Also remember reading about other players in the past with similar efforts and results heading into the NFL draft. Thanks!

Try Harder

March 6th, 2012
2:16 pm

Barking Dawg, I was thinking the same thing.

Spanky

March 6th, 2012
3:24 pm

Hey Chip, is there any way that any one of us “couch-coaches” can send in a donation for Kasyn? Showing support for our dawgs means more than just voicing opinions and cheering them on,..time to step up where it counts! The Olivadotti family will be in my prayers, and Go Dawgs!

falconfiend

March 6th, 2012
3:52 pm

Aaron white and Michael Egnew from mizzou are steady tight ends. Aaron white made some great plays. I thought he was going to be like Tony Gonzalez but Orson took plays away from him. I can see the falcons taking white or egnew in the late rounds.

sam_adams

March 6th, 2012
4:08 pm

Barking Dawg, I was thinking the same thing about strength and conditioning. Why is it that we have players that can ride the bench for YEARS but go off for a few MONTHS of training elsewhere and turn into stars in the pros?

Thomas Brown

March 6th, 2012
4:36 pm

Aron White cannot catch the ball.

Who cares how fast he runs ? He always drops the ball.

He also runs his mouth. Remember when Zach Mettenberger was kicked-off the team by Mark Richt ? Aron White ran to the press how wrong that was to do that to Zach Mettenberger.

Aron White has not helped himself. He couldn’t beat out Orson Charles, here.

Paddy

March 6th, 2012
4:59 pm

Barking Dawg……we have miles and miles to go before we have a first rate S&C program.. We are stuck in the dark ages and have been for a decade.

jasont

March 6th, 2012
5:45 pm

To the uninformed. These guys specifically work on three areas for the combine and for these pro days. The 225 bench press, 40, and shuttle. That’s all they have been working on since December. You do not work out for a combine during regular football season. Duh!!!!

Thomas

March 6th, 2012
8:24 pm

HEY, IF IT AIN’T FOOTBALL SAVE THE SPACE! BOORINGGGGGG!

davidinloganville

March 6th, 2012
9:52 pm

maybe when an elite athlete spend 4-6 hours a day, unlike the ncaa mandated 20 hrs a week with coaching, he may not work as hard on his condition. But another self motivated elite athlete with or without a coach having to be present can put up 225 lbs 35 times like Charles did at the combine. I know as little as anyone else on here about these two players but some people need more motivation than others to work hard, like a possible NFL paycheck.

RED DOG 77

March 6th, 2012
11:05 pm

@Thomas Brown………..Didn’t think I’d see you here………..thought football made you all queezy and insecure…………..Just remember it’s OK to tell yourself “I’m worthy………I’m OK……..Yes, I’m worthy and yesereee……….I’m OK…………….Thomas, just repeat this “mantra” when you begin to feel all “ickkkie” inside……………….RED

dog gone

March 6th, 2012
11:44 pm

I always wondered why our somewhat unimaginative offense never ended up with OC at wideout and
Aron at TE…or vice versa. AW will get a shot, I predict, and will go far with it. Underutilized and overshadowed in Athens, he’s a heck of a talent.

Thomas Brown

March 7th, 2012
1:07 am

You are the 1 who said he doesn’t even care for football RED DOG 77.

We also lose these frontline players from the 2011 roster :

offensive lineman Justin Anderson, blamed AM 56 sacks
offensive lineman Cordy Glenn, blamed for AM 56 sacks
OL center Ben Jones blamed for AM 56 sacks, 3 to NFL ?
offensive linemen Trinton Sturdivant, senior gone

TB CB kick returner Brandon Boykin
punter Drew Butler
Tight End and Fullback Bruce Figgins 1 run all season
place-kicker Blair Walsh senior made 21 FG missed 14
place-kicker Brandon Bogotay, senior, gone
split end Israel Troupe, senior, gone
defensive end DeAngelo Tyson
tight End Aron White who drops the ball, runs mouth

Mark Richt Signed Scholarships for 2012 to :

1.Brent Benedict # 10 OT 4-Star, transfer
2.AJ Harmon # 10 OT nation 5-Star, transfer
3.Dontavius Jackson # 23 TB nation 4-Star, transfer
4.Nick Williams Safety, transfer
5.Marcus Dowtin # 7 LB nation 4-Star, transfer
6.Bryce Ros # 22 TE
7.Johnathan Owens # 39 OT
8.DE Jeremy Longo
9.Xavier Avery RB
10.Toby Jackson # 9 DE nation 4-Star failed qualify transfer
11.Makiri Pugh, Safety Cornerback, transfer
12.Montez Robinson # 10 DE 4-Star kicked off team transfer
13.Washaun Ealey # 15 RB nation 4-Star, transfer
14.Lonnie Outlaw WR failed qualify, transfer
15.Jakar Hamilton Safety 4-Star, transfer
16.Derek Owens Cornerback, transfer
17.Demetre Baker # 23 LB 4-Star, kicked off team, transfer
18.Jalen Fields DE 4-Star, failed qualify, transfer
19.Kent Turene LB Dream Team failed qualify
20.Chris Mayes DT Dream Team failed qualify
21.Chris Little OL transfer
22.Zach Mettenberger # 14 QB 4-Star kicked off transfer
23.Jordan Love # 21 CB 4-Star, transfer
24.Sanford Seay. Split End, Dream Team kicked off, transfer
25.Chris Sanders, db, Dream Team kicked off, transfer
26.Nick Marshall left cb Dream Team kicked off, transfer

That’s 38 who will not play 2012.
Then, Mark Richt only has 79 on Scholarship.
And, what top teams has Mark Richt beat ?

diet pape sy

March 7th, 2012
2:34 am

Thomas Brown

March 7th, 2012
6:00 am

RED DOG 77 March 5th, 2012 11:47 pm

“Sure, I get frustrated”

“I love football, but not that much”
________________________________________________

Jborodawg

March 7th, 2012
8:52 am

Bless you, ‘UGA Insider’ and ‘Old Dawg’.

My thoughts and prayers are with Kasyn family.

Spanky: “…If you have more questions or would like to find out what else you can do, contact Renee Fraley at 404-785-7315…” And of course, buy tickets to the game at Gwinnett.

Jborodawg

March 7th, 2012
8:52 am

Sorry, “…Kasyn and her family…”

Nick

March 7th, 2012
9:07 am

He also runs his mouth. Remember when Zach Mettenberger was kicked-off the team by Mark Richt ? Aron White ran to the press how wrong that was to do that to Zach Mettenberger.

You obviously know nothing about the Dawgs if you don’ think that Aaron White has been a true leader and great Dawg. From student graduations speaker to student representative on the Athletic Association this guy truly embodies everything a student athlete should be.

Chip thanks for the updates on Coach O’s family, our thougths and prayers are with them.

Go Dawgs.

RxDawg

March 7th, 2012
9:19 am

RxDawg

March 7th, 2012
9:31 am

“Chip, can you follow up on Aron White’s increased upper body strength and gaining 10 pounds? The UGA strength and conditioning program has been criticized and undergone many changes the last few years. Just curious how a guy like White who has been in the “program” for four years can make such strides in a few months working a different regimen.”

I can answer this.

1. No more classwork/school to worry about = more time to workout.
2. No more football practice and games to prepare for (the season just ended) = more time to workout. Even the current players get bigger and stronger during the off season and slim up slightly as the season plays on.

Thomas Brown

March 7th, 2012
10:10 am

Well, I certainly watched him all these years, dropping the balls

Good luck Aaron DGD!

March 7th, 2012
10:10 am

Wishing the best for you. You deserve it!

Top Row Dog

March 7th, 2012
11:06 am

Come on Swim and Gym Dawgs. Georgia rules the spring sports.

Thomas Brown

March 7th, 2012
2:35 pm

I wish I was as good as Aron White. Then I wouldn’t have to waste my time trolling on this site…

Bob

March 7th, 2012
5:19 pm

Jim Donnan knew how to judge NFL talent, not Mark Richt. Too bad Donnan couldn’t get along with alumni and too bad he couldn’t beat Tech.

Ready for your Wunderlic, Aron?

March 7th, 2012
9:49 pm

Two huge problems for White:

1. He can’t catch the football

2. He’s dumber than dirt

Jwall

March 7th, 2012
9:59 pm

ready for wunderlic…you my friend are a loser

Lakedawg

March 7th, 2012
10:17 pm

Wunderlic====Not a clue

Guess you do not remember him as a speaker at commencement????

Lakedawg

March 7th, 2012
10:19 pm

Paddy—-When was last time you visited the strength and conditioning complex at UGA?

Not a finer facility in football and staff will be complete shortly.

Thomas Brown

March 8th, 2012
7:26 am

S & C complex at UGA ?

How about a Full Field Indoor Practice Facility, or a gym considered one of the top 75 for college basketball, while our gym hasn’t been picked for hosting a basketball tournament in 41 years since 1971.

Thomas Brown

March 8th, 2012
9:14 am

Where are the opponents for home games when 6 home games are against teams with a LOSING RECORD ?

Gator

March 8th, 2012
12:09 pm

@ ready for the wunderlick aron, White isn’t dumb by any means gave commencement speech at graduation last year. You should do a little research before proving yourself to be dumb.

Gator

March 8th, 2012
12:11 pm

Bob, have you taken a look at how many players Richt has put in the NFL, thats a pretty uneducated statement.

dean

March 9th, 2012
8:44 am

You reckon his stock just went up a bit more after the events of last night/this morning with Mr. Charles?