March 2, 2009

Big chance for White

Aron White always wanted to get a chance to prove to coaches that he has what it takes to get the job done at tight end.

He's about to get that opportunity.

Due to Bruce Figgins' off-season shoulder surgery, White will be the only experienced player available at the position when the Bulldogs kick off spring practice March 17.

Georgia's only other available tight ends, redshirt freshman Bryce Ros was injured for most of the year, while walk-ons Derek Rich (North Hall), Casey Nichols (Washington-Wilkes) and Richard Lowe (Duluth), have yet to step on the field.

"It just seems like that's the way it goes every season at tight end," White shrugged. "Last season it was just Bruce and me (with Tripp Chandler out). It just comes with the territory. We don't have a lot of tight ends right now."

Help is on the way.

Although he won't be available until preseason, Figgins will be back by preseason, and along with Ros, will be joined by signee Arthur Lynch of Dartmouth, Mass. The Bulldogs are also awaiting word on Plant High tight end Orson Charles, who has a scholarship offer on the table but is not expected to make his decision until March 6.

From a receiving standpoint, it wasn't necessarily that good of a year for the Bulldogs' tight end contingent.

Between the graduated Tripp Chandler, Figgins and White, the trio combined for just 10 catches for 178 yards and three touchdowns, two courtesy of White who made just three grabs all year.

His first catch, a 48-yarder against LSU got the Bulldogs out of a deep hole inside their own territory, while his second catch resulted in a 21-yard touchdown against Florida.

He later scored his second touchdown on a 21-yard reception against Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl.

White, who made his first career start Week 6 against Tennessee, said he learned a lot getting to play for the first time in his collegiate career.

"The biggest change I think for me right now is my confidence. I feel a lot more confident in my abilities to get the job done," White said. "My redshirt year I still wasn't sure what was going to happen with my career here, but as the season began I got a lot more comfortable, was able to make a few plays and that's something I can hopefully carry over into next season."

White said getting the opportunity to go out and make plays made all the difference in the world.

"I wouldn't say I doubted myself but you never know how you are going to hold up until you do something," White said. "It's like a lot of the guys who are going through mat drills for the first time. You may think you can do it but until you actually get to the mat, jump around and do the drills, you really don't know how you are going to perform. I'm just happy I was able to do something last year when I got the chance."



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