White, who is sidelined with a sprained knee, is known for his pass catching ability and is the primary backup to starter Orson Charles.
Lynch is just the opposite – a strong-bodied figure at 6-4, 272 pounds recognized mostly for his blocking.
“So far I’ve just been doing special teams, goal line and short yardage situations,” said Lynch, a native of Massachusetts. “I think this will be an opportunity for me to step in and try to prove myself. Hopefully I’ll get some more playing time in longer plays from scrimmage downs.”
Having Lynch in the game more often may play into the hands of offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. Charles failed to make a catch last weekend against South Carolina, but was praised by coaches for his blocking on running plays. With an offensive line that’s still developing a rhythm and comfort, Charles and Lynch could be used to help out again Saturday.
“I think especially in the power runs and getting outside it’s key for the tight ends to block and block well,” Lynch said. “I think people have to see we’re becoming more of a threat in the run game. I think people need to see that we can’t be pushed around and we won’t be pushed around. If you sleep on us in the pass game, hopefully we’ll be able to hurt you there too.”
The resourceful type
While junior safety Shawn Williams gained attention with his move to inside linebacker this week, his versatility isn’t confined to the defensive side of the ball.
In the fourth quarter against South Carolina, Williams subbed himself into the game in place of freshman cornerback Chris Sanders on kickoff return.
“He was like, ‘I’m on here just to block for you. Just to block for you,’” cornerback and kick returner Brandon Boykin said. “I was like all right let’s go.”
With the Bulldogs trailing 31-28, Williams gave Boykin the block he needed, springing a 58-yard return. Georgia would later score a touchdown on the drive.
“I just felt like I could get the job done,” Williams, 6-1, 220 pounds, said. “I just felt like Boykin, him being my defensive back, I felt like I needed to go out there and make a block count that he really needed because he was working his ass off, and I felt like he needed somebody that would line up and do the same thing.”
Coach Mark Richt took note of Williams’ take-charge attitude in getting on the field with the special teams unit and was encouraged by the move.
“We had veterans trying to get on special teams,” Richt said. “They are taking rookies and saying, ‘get out, I’m in.’”
Williams has started both games this season at safety, collecting 10 tackles. He could be on the field at linebacker this Saturday. Or maybe he’ll take over on kick return again.
“I’ll play wherever,” he said. “If they wanted me at defensive end, I could go out there if I put my mind to it.”
Rambo ‘bred to play football’
Junior safety Bacarri Rambo had six tackles and an interception in his return against South Carolina after serving a one game suspension for a violation of team rules.
“I felt pretty good just being out there with the fellas again,” Rambo said. “I really love playing with those guys. I was just doing my assignment really. I was doing what the coaches told me to do. If you do what the coaches tell you to do, you’re going to make plays. I was just out there flying to the ball, having a good time with the fellas and doing my assignment.”
Last season, the first in defensive Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme, Rambo took the blame for a handful of letdowns on big plays given up. After an offseason to fully get acclimated, Rambo says he feels more comfortable.
“I kind of knew a lot of stuff that was going on,” he said. “Sometimes I think I was bred to play football. It’s just little stuff like staying outside or inside of a receiver, reading footsteps, all that stuff. I really didn’t know too much about that. I talked to coach Grantham about it this offseason. That’s what I worked on to get better.”