Arthur Lynch wasn’t heard from on Saturdays last fall while sitting out during a redshirt season.
The Georgia tight end, who played as a freshman in 2009, still hit it hard on Friday mornings and Sunday afternoons in workouts with Joe Tereshinski, the longtime Bulldogs staffer who in December was promoted to director of strength and conditioning.
Lynch said Tereshinski told him he had the body size and skill set that could take him far.
From the last week of August until Lynch went home to Massachusetts for Christmas break, the two worked together to prepare Lynch for the 2011 season.
“I put on a lot of muscle, I got a lot bigger and got a lot stronger and faster,” Lynch said.
The 6-foot-5 Lynch is now at about 270 pounds, up from about 250.
“You can tell by his body that he’s just coming to knock some heads like he’s coming full speed,” tight end Orson Charles said. “That’s what I expect from Artie.”
Lynch is back in the mix at tight end for a Bulldogs team that suffered through a 6-7 season last year, its worst record in 14 years. Sitting out “was definitely hard,” Lynch said.
“Sometimes I didn’t even watch the games,” Lynch said. “As bad as that sounds, I was praying and hoping and pulling for my team, but it was tough to watch.”
Lynch had two catches for 17 yards as a freshman when he played in 11 games in 2009, but the tight end position was crowded last fall with Bruce Figgins returning after redshirting himself.
Lynch said he weighed his options in considering a transfer last summer.
“I decided I would stay here and fight it out,” Lynch said. “I thought I had a really good camp, but it was just better for me to get some class separation, I think.”
Tight ends coach John Lilly said last fall that the redshirt would give Lynch “a little bit more time down the line to really have an impact.”
Georgia now has a senior tight end in Aron White, a junior in Charles, a redshirt sophomore in Lynch and an incoming freshman in Jay Rome, rated as one of the top national prospects at the position. Figgins is now at fullback.
Can Lynch find a role in the offense?
“It’s something you’ve got to roll with,” Lynch said. “I’m getting better each day and I think I can definitely make an impact, not just in the run game, but also in the passing. I can become a force because I have the size that no one really else has. I can be that complete guy.”
Charles says Lynch’s determination sticks out to him.
“We’ve talked a couple of times and he really wants to play and he’s not going to let anybody get in his way,” Charles said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what he has this season.”