Richt: Tight end Rome still has to ‘learn the tempo’

Tight end Jay Rome had a big G-Day showing, but Georgia coach Mark Richt was somewhat critical Saturday of the redshirt freshman’s preseason practice habits.

“Jay’s made more plays in the passing game than he has in the run game,” Richt said. “I don’t think Jay has practiced as hard as he needs to to really become a great player. He’s learning. He’s like a lot of young guys. You’ve got to learn the tempo and what it takes. He’s just got to make sure that every day he comes to work to get better at everything he does.”

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Rome, a four-star recruit from Valdosta High, is behind Arthur Lynch at the position. Rome played basketball this winter for the Bulldogs and had two catches for 73 yards in the spring game.

“As the fans have seen, he’s shown up in the stats,” Richt said. “He’s got ability, but it’s got to be an every-day, every-play-type thing to get to the point where he can master his position.”.

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