ATHENS - Aron White always has an interesting take on things, and it's no different on the state of the tight end situation at Georgia.
The big question is whether starter Orson Charles will go pro. White, who has been sharing snaps with Charles for most of the past few years, has an angle on how Georgia can get Charles to return:
Get White into the end zone in the Outback Bowl.
White and Charles are tied for the all-time touchdown record for a tight end at Georgia. So White, a senior, hopes that he gets one in the bowl game to take the lead, and then Charles decides he wants the record and returns for his senior year.
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“So everybody root for me to score a touchdown in the bowl if you want Orson to come back,” White said. “I’m doing this for you all, not for me.”
White also joked - at least he was probably joking - that he didn't want Charles to go pro now and "kill my draft stock."
Charles has said he will make a decision on his future after the bowl game, and has declined to say which way he's leaning. White said he thinks Charles wants to get his degree and wants to win a championship. But he also thinks Charles can go in the top two rounds.
“He’s got a lot of people calling him, I’m sure, and a lot of people pulling him in a lot of directions,” White said. “But everything he’s told me is, ‘I’m gonna do what’s best for me, I’m gonna wait it out and see how this bowl goes and see what everybody’s saying.’ I just want him to be happy.”
Should Charles depart for the NFL, Georgia will have some uncertainty at the position. But White thinks the Bulldogs will be fine with Arthur Lynch, a redshirt sophomore this season, and Jay Rome, who has redshirted while playing for the basketball team.
“I think Arty Lynch is a tremendous tight end," White said. "He’s a guy who hasn’t gotten a lot of playing time, who hasn’t been featured since he got here. But he was a highly-recruited guy. You look at him, you can tell he’s got the NFL body already. Maybe he’s a little different kind of player from Orson and myself, but he’s definitely got a lot of talent that can be used in a lot of ways.
"And we’ve got our young Thundercat, Jay Rome, who’s hooping right now, but come after the season he’ll be back in our weight program and will be ready for next year. He’ll have a year of maturity under his belt. And hopefully there’s good things to come from him."
The Bulldogs also have a commitment from recruit Ty Smith of Moultrie, whom some recruiting analysts consider a sleeper of the class.
The bottom line, according to White, is that fans shouldn't worry.
“Georgia’s always gonna have a tight end," he said. "That’s something you can count on. That’s one of the reasons I came here, because I was like, They’re never gonna fall away from using that tight end.”