Catching up with "Arty"
With so much depth at the tight end position, and so many versatile options, Arthur Lynch says the group clicks nicely.
He says each member of the four-man group brings something to the table, and the competition has done nothing but make each player better.
“It’s a healthy competition,” he said. “We’re all friends who joke around all the time. We all compliment one another, and I think we all excel in one part of the game.”
As for Lynch, he might not be suited to flex out to wide receiver like his counterparts, Aron White and Orson Charles. He says that’s fine with him. Lynch says he’s more like Bruce Figgins, the fourth member at this deep position. He says both have great blocking skills, and can still make plays catching the football.
Lynch got to play as a true freshman last season, but says he’s a totally different player now.
“In terms of the playbook, I think that hurt me last year,” he said. “With Bruce not being able to play, I was kind of forced into the situation. I just kind of jumped into it. I think now that I’ve had a year under my belt, a lot of things have slowed down for me. Each day gets slower and slower to me.”
The offseason has made all the difference for Lynch, who studied the playbook until he felt comfortable. With his increased knowledge, he no longer has much hesitation. Now, Lynch has focused on the finer aspects of the position, like route running, and perfect blocking form. He’s using spring practice to refine those skills.
“Coming into spring ball, I looked around and we have three other really good tight ends,” he said. “We’ve all played. We’ve all seen the field, so I think for me I just wanted to work on the things I need to work. That seems very simple, but for here, it’s very complex.”
Coaching clinic a major success
Richt said the coaching clinic held in Athens Thursday and Friday was the most successful he’s hosted in his time at Georgia.
Over 500 coaches attended, with head men from Utah, Indiana, Florida, North Carolina, among other states represented, joining numerous representatives from Georgia.
“The clinic was just a gigantic success,” Richt said. “It was the largest turnout in the 10 years I’ve been at Georgia. I think the main attraction was coach [Tony] Dungy, I’m certain.”
Dungy, a former NFL coach, was the featured speaker Friday.
Richt also attributed the new defensive scheme drawing more coaches to the event.
Injury ends and outs
Outside linebacker Justin Houston practiced non-contact Friday (shoulder), and will not scrimmage today.
Receiver Marlon Brown (shoulder), and linebacker Mike Gilliard (hamstring) will also be held out.
All are expected back, 100 percent, next week.