June 17, 2009

Competition doesn't bother Ros

With the signing of Orson Charles and Arthur Lynch, it might seem only natural that redshirt freshman Bryce Ros might be feeling a little less love when it comes to his spot in the pecking order among Georgia's tight ends.

No, the depth chart has not officially been set. But with the two talented freshmen now on campus, Ros' chances for playing time might seem a little less likely.

But that's not the way the former Kennesaw Mountain standout sees it.

"No, no, no, whatsoever," Ros said. "Both Artie and Orson are great guys. We have a great time together. Competition is part of football. All I can do is to be the best player I can be."

Technically, Ross currently stands as the second-team tight end.

With Bruce Figgins suspended for the first six games for violating team rules, Ros and Aron White were the only two scholarship tight ends on hand for spring practice.

White received most of the snaps with the No. 1 offense with Ros and walk-on transfer Derek Rich seeing time with the second- and third-teams.

The arrivals of Charles and Lynch could well change those dynamics. Both freshmen are expected to play roles in the offense this fall, meaning Ros' potential playing time could certainly be affected. But again, that's not something he's concerned with.

On the contrary:

Although it's just his second year with the program, Ros said he hopes to impart some wisdom on his two younger teammates, perhaps helping him avoid some of the issues that slowed him down last year.

"When you come to a big school like Georgia and you have to learn that playbook, it's pretty complicated. It's not easy to learn, all the formations," he said. "But that's part of the game. But if you're a guy who's willing to study as much as you can and try your best to learn it, I truly believe that practice makes perfect."

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Ros feels he's a much different player than he was a season ago.

"I think I've come a long way since my freshman year maturity-wise, but not just in football but in life," he said. "I think I've learned a lot from football that's helped teach me a lot about life. It's all about having fun. I've learned that you have to be accountable.

"You have to be accountable to your teammates and you have to be a good leader. Even though I'm not one of the leaders on this team now, it's important to involve yourself in the process of becoming a good leader, to pay attention to what the person in front of you so one day you can become that leader yourself."

No doubt father Frank Ros is extremely proud.

The elder Ros was an undersized linebacker who went on to become a team captain on Georgia's 1980 National Championship team.

"We talk a good bit, although not every day because of his job, but when he gets a chance we talk on the phone and I go home a good bit," Ros said. "He's always there for me, but at the same time he doesn't want to overshadow me and the way that I play now."

Father and son are extremely close, but Bryce said his dad does take great care that he allows him to learn his football lessons on his own.

"My dad just wants me to be my own man, and I want that, too," Ros said. "At the same time, my dad has taught me so much about life and football. … He's been a great father. … I couldn't ask for a better one. I would be nowhere near where I am today without my dad."

NOTE: Ros said he has not been approached by coaches about the possibility of moving to defensive end, a position he played in high school. "Some people have asked me about that but nobody here has even mentioned it to me. We've got a bunch of great defensive ends here. I know, because I go against them in practice. If was ever asked to do it I would, but so far nobody has."

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